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Please note this book was first published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO. Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is. “A wonderful protagonist.” Mystery Women Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amat Please note this book was first published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO. Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is. “A wonderful protagonist.” Mystery Women Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective. Jenny Starling has a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But things quickly turn sour. Then she discovers the body of one of the passengers in the store cupboard. Who wanted him dead and why? Jenny will have to ignore many red herrings and follow the clues to get to the bottom of a complex and intriguing murder mystery. This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page. Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis. What readers are saying about the THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY “Another super murder mystery in this excellent series.” Greta “Really enjoyable read from the start.” Nerys “This book kept me guessing until the end.” Barbara “Each book is a complete, standalone mystery, filled with complex clues, some clever red herrings and one of the most likeable, unique heroines in detective fiction.” Gail JENNY STARLING In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies. THE AUTHOR FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year. JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY More JENNY STARLING mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.


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Please note this book was first published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO. Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is. “A wonderful protagonist.” Mystery Women Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amat Please note this book was first published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO. Discover a new series of whodunits by million-selling author Faith Martin. These charming mysteries will have you scratching your head to work out who the murderer is. “A wonderful protagonist.” Mystery Women Meet Jenny Starling: travelling cook and reluctant amateur detective. Jenny Starling has a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But things quickly turn sour. Then she discovers the body of one of the passengers in the store cupboard. Who wanted him dead and why? Jenny will have to ignore many red herrings and follow the clues to get to the bottom of a complex and intriguing murder mystery. This is the third of a series of enjoyable murder mysteries with a great cast of characters and baffling crimes which will keep you in suspense to the final page. Perfect for fans of classic whodunits by authors like Agatha Christie, LJ Ross, TE Kinsey, and J.R. Ellis. What readers are saying about the THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY “Another super murder mystery in this excellent series.” Greta “Really enjoyable read from the start.” Nerys “This book kept me guessing until the end.” Barbara “Each book is a complete, standalone mystery, filled with complex clues, some clever red herrings and one of the most likeable, unique heroines in detective fiction.” Gail JENNY STARLING In her late twenties, Jenny Starling is an impressive woman. Physically, she stands at 6ft 1inch, and has shoulder-length black hair and blue eyes. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living the lifestyle that suits her – that of a travelling cook. Her famous (and now very rich) father, is a ‘celebrity’ cook, divorced from Jenny’s mother. Jenny drives a disreputable cherry-red van, and is happy travelling the country catering events and cooking great food. She is on a one-woman crusade to bring back ‘real’ food. And definitely doesn’t like having to divert her attention from achieving the perfect Dundee cake or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve a murder. She finds crime very distracting, especially when there is chocolate to temper or pike to poach. Nevertheless, she is very good at reading people, and with a quick and agile brain, becomes very good at unmasking killers. And her always-undaunted sense of humour goes a long way in keeping her sane when all around her people are dropping like flies. THE AUTHOR FAITH MARTIN is the best-selling author of the DETECTIVE HILLARY GREENE mysteries, which have sold over 1 million copies globally in just over a year. JENNY STARLING MYSTERIES Book 1: THE BIRTHDAY MYSTERY Book 2: THE WINTER MYSTERY Book 3: THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY More JENNY STARLING mysteries coming soon. Join the Joffe Books mailing list to be the first to hear about the next in the series.

30 review for The Riverboat Mystery

  1. 5 out of 5

    Louise Wilson

    Travelling Cook Mystery #3 Jenny has got herself a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But then there is a murder on board. Lucas Finch is the owner of the paddle steamer who had invited two couples to join him onboard. But it seems they all had something to hide. Jenny was the person who found the body, she just needs to find out who the murderer was and why the murder was committed. This book was originally c Travelling Cook Mystery #3 Jenny has got herself a job on a luxury paddle steamer working for a wealthy businessman. All she has to do is cook for his small number of guests. But then there is a murder on board. Lucas Finch is the owner of the paddle steamer who had invited two couples to join him onboard. But it seems they all had something to hide. Jenny was the person who found the body, she just needs to find out who the murderer was and why the murder was committed. This book was originally called Dying For A Cruise and written under Faith Martin's pen name, Joyce Cato. Everyone on board has a reason to want the victim dead. Jenny is quickly gaining a reputation for being able to solve crimes and the police are in a race with her to solve the case before Jenny does. I'm beginning to like Jenny as much as I liked Faith Martin's other character, Hillary Greene. This is a real cosy mystery. This book can be read as a standalone but as I always do, I recommend that you read the first two books in this series. I would like to thank NetGalley, Joffe Books and the author Faith Martin for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Janet Newport

    Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for this arc. I do enjoy the Jenny Starling stories and I'm not really a big fan of the "cozy" mystery these days. But these are more the quiet sort of logic puzzles and psychological studies than true "cozy." There is no graphic violence or over-the-top James Bond/Jason Bourne technology and antics. Nor are there any "zany and mad-cap" characters tossed in for interest. Just nice solid mystery and reliable mystery reads. In this one, Jenny takes a week-end coo Thank you NetGalley and Joffe Books for this arc. I do enjoy the Jenny Starling stories and I'm not really a big fan of the "cozy" mystery these days. But these are more the quiet sort of logic puzzles and psychological studies than true "cozy." There is no graphic violence or over-the-top James Bond/Jason Bourne technology and antics. Nor are there any "zany and mad-cap" characters tossed in for interest. Just nice solid mystery and reliable mystery reads. In this one, Jenny takes a week-end cooking gig on a private paddle boat rather than the real vacation her job tells her to take. Given that I'm such a reluctant cook, it just amazes me that she would spend her "time off" working. But she does and the story sails off from there. Nicely developed characters and a satisfying resolution in a slow and quiet package. Great bedtime story.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Alan Cotterell

    Casserole This story was like a casserole. Seemed to be a lot of preparation, lot of ingredients cooked slowly. With a very tasty result. I personally preferred this to the first book in the series, which is hopefully a good sign that they are improving as the series progresses.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Linda Strong

    4.5 Stars Please note this book was first published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO. Jenny Starling, the raveling cook finds herself working for a wealthy businessman aboard his paddle streamer. Her duties are only cooking scrumptious meals for the guests over the weekend as they trawl the river. She has a wonderful time ... until she finds one of the guests dead in her pantry. The dead man was not well liked and the suspects are many. There's the wealthy businessman 4.5 Stars Please note this book was first published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under Faith Martin’s pen name JOYCE CATO. Jenny Starling, the raveling cook finds herself working for a wealthy businessman aboard his paddle streamer. Her duties are only cooking scrumptious meals for the guests over the weekend as they trawl the river. She has a wonderful time ... until she finds one of the guests dead in her pantry. The dead man was not well liked and the suspects are many. There's the wealthy businessman, the man's wife, a solicitor and his pregnant wife, and the engineer and captain of the boat. Motives can be almost anything with this bunch ... from blackmail to jealousy and everything in between. Jenny, being an amateur sleuth, and having been in this situation before, is really good at reading people and the investigating detective knows of her reputation all too well. There are twists and turns and secrets galore. This is a well-written complex mystery with a great cast of characters. Jenny is an absolute unforgettable character .. not only for her looks but for a creative mind that misses nothing. Although third in this series, this one can easily be read as a stand alone. I do recommend starting at the beginning .... it's a terrific series. Many thanks to the author / Joffe Books / Books n All Promotions / Netgalley for the advanced digital copy of this mystery. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Helga

    Jenny Starling is offered a job as a cook aboard a wealthy man’s riverboat. There are a number of guests on board as well as the crew who have secrets to hide. And when Jenny finds a dead man in the cupboard where she cooks, she finds herself in the middle of yet another murder investigation. A crime with too many suspects, too many red herrings and a victim resented by most. Who wanted him dead? Who had the opportunity to commit the crime? Who would have lost a lot, if the victim’s life wasn’t c Jenny Starling is offered a job as a cook aboard a wealthy man’s riverboat. There are a number of guests on board as well as the crew who have secrets to hide. And when Jenny finds a dead man in the cupboard where she cooks, she finds herself in the middle of yet another murder investigation. A crime with too many suspects, too many red herrings and a victim resented by most. Who wanted him dead? Who had the opportunity to commit the crime? Who would have lost a lot, if the victim’s life wasn’t cut short? The Riverboat Mystery is an engaging and fast-paced read, with many twists and turns and clues you may miss if you’re not careful! Thanks to Faith Martin, Joffe Books and the NetGalley for providing me with a copy.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Gail C.

    THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY by Faith Martin is another enjoyable entry in the Jenny Starling series. Slipping between the pages is like slipping into a comfortable outfit that is a perennial favorite. Beginning the book is like returning to an old friend, although there is no requirement that you read the first two books in the series to enjoy this one. Each book is a complete, stand alone mystery, filled with complex clues, some clever red herrings and one of the most likeable, unique heroines in de THE RIVERBOAT MYSTERY by Faith Martin is another enjoyable entry in the Jenny Starling series. Slipping between the pages is like slipping into a comfortable outfit that is a perennial favorite. Beginning the book is like returning to an old friend, although there is no requirement that you read the first two books in the series to enjoy this one. Each book is a complete, stand alone mystery, filled with complex clues, some clever red herrings and one of the most likeable, unique heroines in detective fiction. Jenny Starling, a “junoesque professional cook” is a complex combination of a beautiful, plus size woman, an excellent observer and a superb puzzle solver. In this novel, as in the previous two, she is hired for a temporary cooking job which takes her onto a riverboat for the weekend. Once again, her only goal is to cook excellent food, but fate intervenes in the form of a murder on board. The police are called into the case and, true to form, have heard of Jenny’s ability to solve crimes. This time it is their hope to solve it before she does. As one might expect, the case is much more complicated than one would expect. Everyone on board the boat has a reason to wish the victim dead, with most of their reasons presented in the first few chapters leading up to the murder. The cast of characters include the riverboat owner who loves the boat more than anything he’s ever owned, it’s crew, who are also devoted to leisurely sailing on the Thames, and two couples, one a besotted young couple expecting their first child and the other a more jaded couple who married out of individual desires. It is more fun to read the initial pages and determine the victim prior to the murder than to know in advance, so no spoiler here. In the best style of mystery novels that are like puzzles, this one is full of clues and ideas which need to be accurately interpreted. As Jenny points out when the solution becomes apparent to her, you simply have to turn the dial of the kaleidoscope so that the pieces all fall into the correct places in order to understand how to unravel the complicated facts in the case. There is an interesting twist to the case with all the information laid out in front of the reader so that they can solve it at the same time Jenny does, if they are paying attention to the right things. This is my third read in the series, and all of them are equally enjoyable. When I opened this book, the writing felt comfortable and familiar in a way that welcomed me into the world of the book. The pacing is superb, as is the length of the book. It moves at a pace that is just fast enough to keep you engaged and provides enough new information as you progress through the book to keep you wanting to move forward. The only change I would make would be to possibly give the two police officers in this novel a little more depth. Jenny hints at unplumbed depths, particularly on the part of the sargent, but doesn’t get the chance to explore them nor does the reader get the opportunity to experience much other than what Jenny observes. This is a minor issue, however, as you could substitute almost any officers of the law here and have the same result. In summary, this is another excellent entry in the cozy mystery category with the added fillup of having a police presence to help with the believability of the story. As in previous novels in this series, Jenny is in no way intent on proving herself better than the police and shares her information and ideas almost as quickly as she gets them. I recommend this novel, along with the others in this series. Read them in any order you chose. If you are a fan of cozy mysteries with a believable murder, an engaging protagonist, and some interesting characters placed in unique settings, this is one for your consideration. My thanks to NetGalley and Joffe Books for providing an advanced digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Traveling cook Jenny Starling is onto her next job. This time she will be working on a luxury boat. With just a few guests and a rather short assignment, this should be one of Jenny’s easier assignments. However, when she discovers a dead body aboard the boat, Jenny realizes that her skills as an amateur sleuth are greatly needed. What another delightful cozy mystery. Just as in the previous books in this series, the suspect pool is quite small, so she quickly gets to work. This is rather easy to Traveling cook Jenny Starling is onto her next job. This time she will be working on a luxury boat. With just a few guests and a rather short assignment, this should be one of Jenny’s easier assignments. However, when she discovers a dead body aboard the boat, Jenny realizes that her skills as an amateur sleuth are greatly needed. What another delightful cozy mystery. Just as in the previous books in this series, the suspect pool is quite small, so she quickly gets to work. This is rather easy to do, because she has earned a reputation with the police and they actually welcome her assistance. As we read this engaging story by Faith Martin, it is delightful to see Jenny’s powers of deduction. As always, there is a unique assortment of characters, any one of whom who could have both motive and means to have committed the murder. This was a quick read, with just the right amount of twists and turns to capture my interest throughout. I have thoroughly enjoyed all of the books in this series thus far. The next book in the series is The Castle Mystery. Formerly published as Dying for a Cruise under Faith Martin’s pen name Joyce Cato.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Move over Hillary Greene! You've been knocked off your pedestal by the curvaceous, statuesque Jenny Starling as my favourite Faith Martin character. I really can't emphasise just how MUCH I love this character and this gentler murder mystery series. With a mind like a steel trap and a sangfroid air, Miss Starling sets out to create superb meals, but seems to happen upon dead bodies like nobody's business. She sees connections no one else makes and undoubtedly shames and frustrates the local poli Move over Hillary Greene! You've been knocked off your pedestal by the curvaceous, statuesque Jenny Starling as my favourite Faith Martin character. I really can't emphasise just how MUCH I love this character and this gentler murder mystery series. With a mind like a steel trap and a sangfroid air, Miss Starling sets out to create superb meals, but seems to happen upon dead bodies like nobody's business. She sees connections no one else makes and undoubtedly shames and frustrates the local police force with her crime solving acumen. She never seeks acclaim, even though she has become something of an anathema to various detectives, and would much rather be known for her exemplary cooking skills. She really is the new millennium's Miss Marple. Highly, highly recommended.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Anissa

    Jenny's off cooking for a small group cruising in a riverboat steamer. This is her summer break and as her luck goes, she has landed in a nest of prickly people with resentments to one of the parties in particular and of course before too long, there's a dead body in her galley pantry. This one was a bit different in tone from the preceding books in that it felt slower. There are fourteen chapters and the murder doesn't actually take place until the last couple sentences of chapter 7. I have a p Jenny's off cooking for a small group cruising in a riverboat steamer. This is her summer break and as her luck goes, she has landed in a nest of prickly people with resentments to one of the parties in particular and of course before too long, there's a dead body in her galley pantry. This one was a bit different in tone from the preceding books in that it felt slower. There are fourteen chapters and the murder doesn't actually take place until the last couple sentences of chapter 7. I have a peeve with murder mysteries that don't actually get to the murder until halfway through and so this wasn't a point in good favour. The second half felt like a tighter read but I admit that if I weren't invested in the series or had picked it up as a standalone, I'd likely have given up on this before I got there. Jenny's interaction with the investigators was done well and had a different tone than past books that I very much liked. The murderer and their method, in particular, were well done. There were also little mentions along the way that acknowledges some of the quirks of past books from Jenny being so ever-present to overhear so much that's relevant to solving the mystery and the propensity with which murders happen at her client's events. They were nice callbacks and sort of let the reader know, the author got some of those quirks and foibles. This time the story relied a lot less on being told through Jenny's proximity to information at the moment which made the investigative portion in the back half of the book more interesting. Also, she does still sigh & is her size is referred to in this one as the others but both instances were far fewer and for that, I was very glad. I'll definitely continue with the series but I also think this could easily be one of those skipped and not a lot is lost at all. Though I do hope there's at some point a fuller telling of the incident with the professor's rattlesnake and the dishwasher.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jannelies

    Thanks to Joffe Books and Netgally for this very enjoyable adventure. Jenny Starling, in this third adventure, is becoming a well-rounded character (no pun intended...) and she is very likable. In the best Agatha Christie fashion, there are a number of people gathered on a riverboat and it turns out that once again, Jenny has to help the police solve the murder. I said Agatha Christie but I don't mean this story to be a little old fashioned. On the contrary, Jenny is a very contemporary woman. N Thanks to Joffe Books and Netgally for this very enjoyable adventure. Jenny Starling, in this third adventure, is becoming a well-rounded character (no pun intended...) and she is very likable. In the best Agatha Christie fashion, there are a number of people gathered on a riverboat and it turns out that once again, Jenny has to help the police solve the murder. I said Agatha Christie but I don't mean this story to be a little old fashioned. On the contrary, Jenny is a very contemporary woman. Not so contemporary that all she does is use her phone; she uses her wits and her brain and that is more than enough. With so few people who could have done it, it is fun to try and find out who the murderer is before Jenny does in the book. There is only one small thing I don't understand. Jenny is on the ship and sees a couple of ducks. And then she sets out, when the boat is moored for the night, to go and catch some ducks for dinner? What? Please don't tell me it is allowed to go duck hunting on the Thames? Having said that, I hope that one day Faith Martin will write a 'Cookbook from Jenny' (minus the ducks).

  11. 5 out of 5

    Lesley Shotton

    Ok read Didn't enjoy this as much as the first two. I like Jenny starling but this plot was a bit flaky to me. And for some reason the owner of the boat Lucas although a cockney in my head he had an Australian accent.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Joanna Larum

    This is the third book in a new series with Jenny Starling as the amateur sleuth. Jenny is a travelling cook who, this time, is employed by a businessman to cater for his guests on a riverboat ride on the Thames. The guests include another man who is desperate to buy the boat from the owner, his wife and a younger couple who both seem to be extremely anxious, always a suspicious trait in a murder mystery. There are also two crewmen and, my favourite character, the boat owner's parrot, a chatty a This is the third book in a new series with Jenny Starling as the amateur sleuth. Jenny is a travelling cook who, this time, is employed by a businessman to cater for his guests on a riverboat ride on the Thames. The guests include another man who is desperate to buy the boat from the owner, his wife and a younger couple who both seem to be extremely anxious, always a suspicious trait in a murder mystery. There are also two crewmen and, my favourite character, the boat owner's parrot, a chatty and almost human bird. We are regaled with the menus Jenny has produced to feed the guests and some lovely descriptions of the passing scenery, although we are always aware of the undercurrents between those gathered on board. Then Jenny finds a body in one of the cupboards in her galley and she sets out to find the killer before the police manage to crack the problem. For the first time in this series, we are privy to Jenny's thoughts on the attractiveness of the detective sergeant and this pulled me up short as I hadn't seen her as the romantic type in the previous books. It will be interesting to see if any future books contain a romance for Jenny. As always with Faith Martin's books, the story pulls you in and keeps hold of you until the murderer is revealed. A must for Faith Martin fans.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Rekha

    I love Jenny Starling mysteries. She reminds me of Miss Marple, minus the Junoesque figure and the cooking. Her deductive skills are fabulous. I like it when, in the story, she assumes that the police have finally solved the mystery. But, they haven't and she then explains to them how the murder was committed. And this also means that she identifies the perp before the cops do. Sergeant Graves and Inspector Rycroft made a nice detective pair. Although Rycroft is experienced and senior, it is Serg I love Jenny Starling mysteries. She reminds me of Miss Marple, minus the Junoesque figure and the cooking. Her deductive skills are fabulous. I like it when, in the story, she assumes that the police have finally solved the mystery. But, they haven't and she then explains to them how the murder was committed. And this also means that she identifies the perp before the cops do. Sergeant Graves and Inspector Rycroft made a nice detective pair. Although Rycroft is experienced and senior, it is Sergeant Graves who uses a bit of his grey cells. Each and every character in the book is portrayed in a unique way. And in the end, how their alibis help in solving the mystery is superb. And it goes without saying that, I have two favorite characters in this book. Jenny, of course, no doubt about that, and the macaw. The bird can literally chit-chat! I loved the concept of murder on a boat. It is not any boat, mind you. It is a riverboat. What is the difference? As Captain Lester explains to Jenny, unlike the boats that venture into the sea, riverboats have a flat hull and cannot withstand waves or water currents. The majestic Stillwater Swan steals the show, or in this case, the story! The identity of the perp was unexpected and shocking. After a boatload of red herrings, Jenny finally arrives at the real reason for the murder and the identity of the perp. If I may add, there is a teeny-weeny bit of romance. I won't say anything more and making this review a spoiler! I love Faith Martin's writing. I love the way she explains each and every scene with oodles of details. Everything, including the breeze, the sky, and the mood is explained in detail. You can imagine the scenes in your mind as you read through.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Joan - xstitchfan

    This is my favorite book in the series so far. Faith Martin managed to totally confuse this mystery reader with this book! The murder happens on a paddle river boat on a river trip with a limited amount of suspects. You would think that would make it easier for me. I even wondered what combination of the people where the murderers - one, two, three, or all of them? Could this be a homage to a famous Agatha Christie tome with a group of murderers? Maybe you will see the light before the ending. I This is my favorite book in the series so far. Faith Martin managed to totally confuse this mystery reader with this book! The murder happens on a paddle river boat on a river trip with a limited amount of suspects. You would think that would make it easier for me. I even wondered what combination of the people where the murderers - one, two, three, or all of them? Could this be a homage to a famous Agatha Christie tome with a group of murderers? Maybe you will see the light before the ending. I was still in the wandering in the darkness. Happy Reading!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Tony Hisgett

    It seemed like a really long introduction before we get to the murder, probably because it was worse than one of those appalling American soap operas of the 80s and 90s. The only thing that kept me going was the hope that at least one of them was going to get murdered, it just took so long to get there. Once Jenny got involved in the police investigation the story markedly improved, unfortunately when the murderer was revealed the explanation of the crime was painfully contrived. If possible I wou It seemed like a really long introduction before we get to the murder, probably because it was worse than one of those appalling American soap operas of the 80s and 90s. The only thing that kept me going was the hope that at least one of them was going to get murdered, it just took so long to get there. Once Jenny got involved in the police investigation the story markedly improved, unfortunately when the murderer was revealed the explanation of the crime was painfully contrived. If possible I would have given 1.5 stars.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sue

    Jenny Starling Series Another book of Faith Martin. I must admit I am not a fan of the Jenny Starling series. It was an ok read.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Nancy R. Talleur

    Disappointing Just to much explanation.; not gripping at all. I enjoyed the Hilary books, but not this one. Don't bother to read it.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Bonnye Reed

    GNA . Jenny Starling is a six foot tall, substantial lady, a first class head chef at St. Baptista' College in Oxford and seems often to land in the middle of murders. She is one classy lady. But most of the police in her neck of the woods know her by reputation and hate to see her at a murder scene - afraid she will out-think them as she often has in the past. Lucas Finch is an old soldier, active in the Falkland War and was a very poor cockney lad until he made his fortune in English tea biscui GNA . Jenny Starling is a six foot tall, substantial lady, a first class head chef at St. Baptista' College in Oxford and seems often to land in the middle of murders. She is one classy lady. But most of the police in her neck of the woods know her by reputation and hate to see her at a murder scene - afraid she will out-think them as she often has in the past. Lucas Finch is an old soldier, active in the Falkland War and was a very poor cockney lad until he made his fortune in English tea biscuits. Now that he is able, he indulges himself on several fronts - he owns a one-of-a-kind paddle steamship which he keeps docked at his country home situated in the village of Buscot on the River Thames. The Stillwater Swan is a lovely ship. He employs both a full time captain and first-mate for the boat, housed in converted stables on his estate, and enjoys both solitary sails with just himself, his talkative Scarlet Macaw, his manservant Lester and the boat staff, but occasionally he enjoys showing off his remarkable riverboat to friends and occasionally enemies. And for a weekend cruise with passengers to impress, Lucas hires a temporary chef. Jenny doesn't do vacations well and tries to find temporary jobs over the summer. From early on, she is aware that Lucas Finch has a marvelous galley on this ship and a good relationship with local suppliers, making her job simple and fun. And that Lucas Finch does seem to have more enemy's that friends on this particular cruise. I received a free electronic copy of this British Police Procedural On February 2, 2019 from Netgalley, Joyce Cato, and Joffe Books in exchange for an honest review. Thank you all for sharing your hard work with me. I am pleased to have found another author with excellent British police procedurals. The Riverboat Mystery, though third in a series staring Jenny Starling, is completely stand alone. pub date Feb 7, 2019 Joffe Books

  19. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of The Riverboat Mystery, the third novel to feature travelling cook and amateur sleuth Jenny Starling. Jenny takes a working holiday catering a small weekend party on a paddle steamer but things don’t go smoothly. Tensions are running high and culminate in murder. I thoroughly enjoyed The Riverboat Mystery which is a fun, cosy read with a well concealed perpetrator. It is not a profound novel, preferring broad brushstrokes, but i I would like to thank Netgalley and Joffe Books for an advance copy of The Riverboat Mystery, the third novel to feature travelling cook and amateur sleuth Jenny Starling. Jenny takes a working holiday catering a small weekend party on a paddle steamer but things don’t go smoothly. Tensions are running high and culminate in murder. I thoroughly enjoyed The Riverboat Mystery which is a fun, cosy read with a well concealed perpetrator. It is not a profound novel, preferring broad brushstrokes, but it is entertaining. It is split into two almost equal parts, both seen through Jenny’s eyes, with the first half setting the scene for the murder, exploring the tensions and motives, and the second half covering the investigation where, as usual Jenny manages to outthink the police at every turn by using her practical mindset. Much of it is nonsense and seems barely believable but that hardly matters as the light hearted tone and genuine whodunnit mystery carry the reader through and hold the attention from start to finish. Much of the fun in the novel is down to the protagonist, Jenny Starling. As with Ms Martin’s immensely popular Hillary Greene character she has a no nonsense approach tempered with good humour and a sense of the ridiculous. It is her take on events that makes the novel so enjoyable. The Riverboat Mystery is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    Chick lit

  21. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    Over recent months I've become a great fan of cozy mysteries so, when I saw this third book in the series featuring Jenny Starling being launched, I knew I had to read "Riverboat Mystery." Also, it has a culinary theme which I love and a little light humour. The first book ‘The Birthday Mystery’ and the second, 'The Winter Mystery' were both so good, I knew it was likely that Faith Martin had written a winner with this book, too, and I was right! Best-seller author Faith Martin has also written t Over recent months I've become a great fan of cozy mysteries so, when I saw this third book in the series featuring Jenny Starling being launched, I knew I had to read "Riverboat Mystery." Also, it has a culinary theme which I love and a little light humour. The first book ‘The Birthday Mystery’ and the second, 'The Winter Mystery' were both so good, I knew it was likely that Faith Martin had written a winner with this book, too, and I was right! Best-seller author Faith Martin has also written the ‘Detective Hillary Greene’ mysteries. Faith Martin’s writing skills set the scene beautifully for this novel and in this case, the drama takes place on board a luxury paddle steamer. Her character development was wonderful, particularly that of Jenny who was an impressive woman and in her late twenties. Curvaceous and sexy, she’s a modern single woman, living and loving life as a travelling cook. She is happy travelling the country catering for different events and cooking great food. She doesn’t like having to divert her attention from baking delicious cakes or creating a new sauce recipe by having to solve murders. She is great at reading people and unmasking killers, always with a good dose of humour. There are many suspects in this mystery, with clues and lots of red herrings to keep the reader guessing. It was a thoroughly satisfying read and I often found myself asking the same questions as Jenny and I was kept in suspense to the end. The pacing in "The Riverboat Mystery" was very good and I never lost interest, as it wasn't long before something intriguing would happen. Things came together for a fulfilling finish and wrapped everything up very neatly. I'm definitely looking forward to the next novel featuring Jenny Starling and other books by the author, Faith Martin. "The Riverboat Mystery" whets your appetite for more to come. I received a complimentary digital copy of this novel, at my own request, from Joffe Books via NetGalley. This review is my own unbiased opinion.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kerry https://likeherdingcatsblog.wordpress.com Robinson

    I was so excited when Jill mailed me and asked to part of this tour.  despite being full I am a huge fan of Jenny Starling and I think I'm a little in love with her.  The girl can cook and has a no-nonsense approach to life.  The Riverboat mystery can be read as a stand alone or out-of-order.   Read my reviews of the first books in the series.    The Birthday Mystery The Winter Mystery.  Reading The Riverboat Mystery was like coming home to a loved and familiar place.  I love Ms Martin's storytellin I was so excited when Jill mailed me and asked to part of this tour.  despite being full I am a huge fan of Jenny Starling and I think I'm a little in love with her.  The girl can cook and has a no-nonsense approach to life.  The Riverboat mystery can be read as a stand alone or out-of-order.   Read my reviews of the first books in the series.    The Birthday Mystery The Winter Mystery.  Reading The Riverboat Mystery was like coming home to a loved and familiar place.  I love Ms Martin's storytelling and the way she seems to luxuriously unwind the plot like she's unwrapping a most delicious chocolate. Jenny has been hired to cook for wealthy man, Lucas and his companions onboard his luxury riverboat, joining the captain, the engineer and the butler as staff.  Other guests include the Leighs and the Olneys.  Whilst moving around the boat, minding her own business, the astute Jenny starts to notice that people and situations may not be all they seem, especially when a someone on the board is found murdered.  For the first half of the book, Ms Martin introduces the main players and spends time giving the reader a glimpse into their lives by showing snippets of conversations or certain actions.  She is excellent at smattering seemingly irrelevant (at the time) little clues etc. into the writing that almost go un-noticed until later in the books (or they do in my case). With a literal boat load of viable suspects, all with strong motives and a victim as unlikable as this one, Jenny is once again drawn into a game of 'WhoDunIt?' as she uses her sharp wit, clever techniques for extracting information and astute observations to figure out who our murderer is. Highly recommended for fans of cosy crime novels, light-hearted crime and whodunits?                      

  23. 5 out of 5

    Scilla

    This is a very clever English mystery. Jenny Starling, a cook at Oxford, goes on her vacation to spend the weekend cooking for a wealthy man, Lucas Finch, on his fancy river boat, the Stillwater Swan. There are four guests, David Leigh (a young lawyer) and his newly pregnant beautiful blond wife, Dorothy, Gabriel Olney (a 61 year old retired Colonel) and his lucious wife Jasmine, as well as Captain Lester and the engineer Brian O'Keefe and Francis his manservent. Gabriel had a very large cheque This is a very clever English mystery. Jenny Starling, a cook at Oxford, goes on her vacation to spend the weekend cooking for a wealthy man, Lucas Finch, on his fancy river boat, the Stillwater Swan. There are four guests, David Leigh (a young lawyer) and his newly pregnant beautiful blond wife, Dorothy, Gabriel Olney (a 61 year old retired Colonel) and his lucious wife Jasmine, as well as Captain Lester and the engineer Brian O'Keefe and Francis his manservent. Gabriel had a very large cheque made out to Lucas Finch (he was planning on purchasing the Stillwater Swan). Jasmine liked having lots of money to spend and spending time with lucious men and didn't like being stuck on a boat. David was practicing forgery, and wanted to "get even" with Gabriel (who he thought was responsible for his father's death in the war). Gabriel flirts with Dorothy on the boat, while his wife Jasmine is flirting with Brian. It is soon apparent that Gabriel is blackmailing Lucas into selling him the Stillwater Swan, and most of those on the boat didn't like the others. The Captain and engineer like their jobs on the Swan, and has told them they would no longer have a job. Jenny has a history of solving crimes and looks carefully at everything happening. On the last day of the cruise, Gabriel is found in the kitchen closet having drowned (how did he get there and when did he die). The police, Inspector Rycroft and Sergeant Graves arrive, and Jenny begins to show her sleuthing abilities which are as good as her cooking. The police gradually realize that she seems to know more than they do, in spite of the complexity of the story. Any one of the guests, owner, or crew had reasons to want Gabriel dead. At the end, the real murderer was a surprise.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alyson Read

    This is the third story in the excellent new series from this author featuring travelling cook Jenny Starling, and I am now a huge fan. In this book Jenny has been booked to cater for a weekend cruise on the River Thames for wealthy Oxford businessman Lucas Finch and his four guests, together with his manservant, the captain and the engineer, on his luxury paddle boat steamer The Stillwater Swan. Even considering Jenny's talent for getting caught up in murder enquiries, what could possibly go wr This is the third story in the excellent new series from this author featuring travelling cook Jenny Starling, and I am now a huge fan. In this book Jenny has been booked to cater for a weekend cruise on the River Thames for wealthy Oxford businessman Lucas Finch and his four guests, together with his manservant, the captain and the engineer, on his luxury paddle boat steamer The Stillwater Swan. Even considering Jenny's talent for getting caught up in murder enquiries, what could possibly go wrong? She is positively looking forward to a working holiday despite the apparent tensions between some of the guests and their host. In short there is the pretty young pregnant wife of a local solicitor who is repelling the advances of an old soldier whose own younger and glamorous wife seems to be busy making advances to other men. Lucas Finch is rumoured to have a dubious past where making his money is concerned and is ripe for blackmail. All this however is small fry when Jenny discovers the body of one of the guests in a kitchen cupboard. Local CID Inspector Rycroft and Sergeant Graves come on board to investigate the suspicious death and it doesn't take them long to realise who Jenny is. Not wanting to look a gift horse in the mouth, they soon start to make use of her talents in the investigation, one where the conclusion turns out to be quite a surprise! The author also has a talent for including rather wonderful animal characters in these stories - I wanted Pooch from the last book and now I want that parrot!!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patrick

    Bleh I dropped the book at page 120 of so. The story was good enough but moved too slowly. The writing was a little odd in that it seemed very British country life at first but kept reminding you that this wasn't the MC's first murder mystery. The contradictions between the two story types became more pronounced as the writer began setting up all the usual suspects, the probable victim and the web of murder motivations. None of the characters get beyond their "Clue" role but one character in the Bleh I dropped the book at page 120 of so. The story was good enough but moved too slowly. The writing was a little odd in that it seemed very British country life at first but kept reminding you that this wasn't the MC's first murder mystery. The contradictions between the two story types became more pronounced as the writer began setting up all the usual suspects, the probable victim and the web of murder motivations. None of the characters get beyond their "Clue" role but one character in the story is weirdly driven to a complicated revenge. The colonel has money (source unknown) and pays for a fit, fortyish trollop bride. She has no money. She is only interested in shopping in Paris and other things that occupy her social set. He knows that she has affairs. He knows that she uses his money to keep a young lover in a London apartment. Her entire skill set seems to be that of a low-end "Melania Trump" wannabe. He has his bank records. She introduced her lover to her circle of friends. She is busted!!! Despite this slam dunk: hire a decent attorney; let said attorney have the divorce be seen by a sexist judge (any judge really); put ex-wife and her wardrobe on the sidewalk. It's not rocket science. What sixty year old wastes the time playing games about divorcing this woman. Just do it for heaven's sake. That was one example of how the characters disappointed me. The main character is a hoot but again there are contradictions. The mystery might work for a lot of people, just not for me.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Simon Leonard

    This is the third book in the Jenny Starling series, but can easily be read as a stand alone book. This book stars Jenny as she is hired to be the chef on a paddle steamer for a wealthy businessman, but soon is embroiled in a murder mystery where only she can solve it before it's too late. I should firstly start by stating that if Jenny ever works for you run away as murder is not far behind her. Also if I were her I would quit being a chef for the same reason, although she would make a great Poli This is the third book in the Jenny Starling series, but can easily be read as a stand alone book. This book stars Jenny as she is hired to be the chef on a paddle steamer for a wealthy businessman, but soon is embroiled in a murder mystery where only she can solve it before it's too late. I should firstly start by stating that if Jenny ever works for you run away as murder is not far behind her. Also if I were her I would quit being a chef for the same reason, although she would make a great Police Officer, so should maybe move into that field instead. I could see her working very well alongside Faith's other main character Hilary Green in a series of books. I liked the way that the scene was set in the first half of the book, although this did drag in places as I was waiting for the murder to occur, and then the way Jenny investigates it was done very well, with her asking all the right questions and beating the police to the murderer and tidying up everything very nicely. This book is very low on violence and gore, especially considering it is a murder/mystery book, but concentrates more on the mystery, making it a very cozy book to read in a couple of hours. Some parts of the book were unbelievable and stretched the imagination a bit too much, but if you ignore this then the book is a very enjoyable read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    M. Russell

    The third offering from Faith Martin in her new Jenny Starling series. For those who have not read any of this series before, Jenny is a statuesque and dedicated head chef at one of the Oxford colleges, who moonlights during vacations, and has already earned a reputation for herself with the Oxfordshire and Home Counties Police as a menace who can make them look foolish and inept with apparent ease. Her characters leap into life with a few carefully chosen words, so skillfully drawn, that you kno The third offering from Faith Martin in her new Jenny Starling series. For those who have not read any of this series before, Jenny is a statuesque and dedicated head chef at one of the Oxford colleges, who moonlights during vacations, and has already earned a reputation for herself with the Oxfordshire and Home Counties Police as a menace who can make them look foolish and inept with apparent ease. Her characters leap into life with a few carefully chosen words, so skillfully drawn, that you know almost immediately who the letch is, whose marriage is in trouble, who is likeable and who is definitely not! She builds her plot so carefully that you are hardly aware you have already formed your own opinions and know the subtle nuances going on between the various relationships. As for the food, Faith Martin leaves absolutely nothing to the imagination as she describes lobster patties, pea and mint soup and individual steak and kidney pies, you are positively slathering at the mouth and almost cross that a murder gets in the way of such fine dining. Jenny Starling is a worthy successor to Hillary Greene and I look forward, me and my taste buds, to more books in this series. I do hope the parrot reappears. I fell in love with him!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Grace Koshida

    Traveling chef Jenny Starling is hired to work the weekend on a luxury paddle steamer for businessman Lucas Finch and his guests. The guests seem to enjoy the meals and time aboard on the first day. But on the second afternoon, Jenny finds the body of retired soldier Gabriel Olney hidden in the galley cupboard. Who wanted to kill Olney? Olney had somehow coerced Finch into handing over the ownership of his beloved steamer the night before. The captain and engineer would lose their jobs and homes Traveling chef Jenny Starling is hired to work the weekend on a luxury paddle steamer for businessman Lucas Finch and his guests. The guests seem to enjoy the meals and time aboard on the first day. But on the second afternoon, Jenny finds the body of retired soldier Gabriel Olney hidden in the galley cupboard. Who wanted to kill Olney? Olney had somehow coerced Finch into handing over the ownership of his beloved steamer the night before. The captain and engineer would lose their jobs and homes when Olney took ownership. Olney had also been planning on divorcing his wandering wife Jasmine and was making amorous advances to pregnant Dorothy Leigh. Dorothy's solicitor husband David hated Olney but enough to kill him? Jenny follows the various clues to identify the motive and identity of the desperate killer and aid the local police in the investigation. The murder occurred pretty late in the story and the killer's motive seemed pretty weak. This book was originally published as “DYING FOR A CRUISE” under the name JOYCE CATTO. I received an eARC via Netgalley and Joffe Books with no requirements for a review. I voluntarily read this book and provided this review.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Neville

    A stinker. I gave up. I did try, and I did on read as far as the murder (the first murder, maybe? I will never know.) But, good grief, the predictable horrible characters and the turgid, overadjectived prose have done for me. I’ve taken the for-me unusual step of just giving up - of stopping reading a book I’ve paid for! I finally realized that I’d had enough when the much -heralded murder finally showed up and it struck me that I just didn’t and couldn’t care who the victim was, what happened t A stinker. I gave up. I did try, and I did on read as far as the murder (the first murder, maybe? I will never know.) But, good grief, the predictable horrible characters and the turgid, overadjectived prose have done for me. I’ve taken the for-me unusual step of just giving up - of stopping reading a book I’ve paid for! I finally realized that I’d had enough when the much -heralded murder finally showed up and it struck me that I just didn’t and couldn’t care who the victim was, what happened to them, who did it, or how the ineffably tedious main character would solve the case. I just don’t care enough to wade any further through this dire, dead writing. If we add to this lowest of low opinions the fact that it features the sloppy, unethical, exploitative device of sticking a blurb in the title, we have a situation where I can cheerfully say that I’ve given up with this author. I did quite enjoy some of her other works, despite the occasional howlers, but this is just too much and I must regretfully part company. Farewell, Faith!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Seema Rao

    Charming ~ Enjoyable ~ Quick tl; dr: Hired chef finds herself having to make three-course meals while solving a murder. I love the Thames, and often pick up books associated with the River. I will say the cover threw me. That boat seemed more Mark Twain than Charles Dickens. There were steamboats on the Thames, I learned, but the boat in the book was a special one made to look more like the American versions. Who knew? Besides that, Martin is a new author to me. The book was well-written. This wo Charming ~ Enjoyable ~ Quick tl; dr: Hired chef finds herself having to make three-course meals while solving a murder. I love the Thames, and often pick up books associated with the River. I will say the cover threw me. That boat seemed more Mark Twain than Charles Dickens. There were steamboats on the Thames, I learned, but the boat in the book was a special one made to look more like the American versions. Who knew? Besides that, Martin is a new author to me. The book was well-written. This would definitely qualify as a cozy mystery. The text is no-nonsense. Most of the details about the characters and the settings are in service of the mystery, excluding the descriptions of the food, which were mouth-watering. I did pretty much figure out the murder around 75% through. But, that didn't bother me. The main character was appealing enough to make me finish the book. Thanks to NetGallery for the ARC in exchange for an honest review

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