A second cruise aboard the beautiful Countess Georgina proves even more challenging for entertainments director Casey Jones than her maiden voyage.
Her initial journey on a Conway Blue Line cruise stretched plucky Casey Jones’s resources almost to the limit, as stowaways, hurricanes and a dead magician competed for attention with Caribbean ports of call (Second Sitting, 2008, etc.). Now that the Countess Georgina is headed for the sultry Mediterranean, the redoubtable Casey is once again kept hopping. Fashionista Lucinda Ember finds blood dripping from her showerhead. Shopkeeper Derek Ripon reports a rash of shoplifting at his onboard boutique. Antiquities lecturer Theo Papados keels over dead, and his cell phone goes missing. Substitute singer Judie Garllund demands a Juliet balcony for her solo in the Princess Lounge, then disappears before she can use it. Casey sees mysterious passengers board in the middle of the night, even though the staff insists the next day that she hasn’t. Ms. Ember’s Chanel gown disappears from a cleaner’s in St. Tropez. A snake turns up in a stateroom. And Greg and Dora Belcher’s quarrels are ended only when one of them turns up dead, bringing big, blue-eyed DCI Bruce Everton aboard to investigate—and to play rival to suave ship’s physician Sam Mallory for Casey’s affections.
More incident, less entertainment. Whitelaw’s second case for Casey Jones is twice as busy but half the fun of any of her Jordan Lacey tales.