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Set Sail for Murder

by Carolyn Hart

Series: Henrie O (7)

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"Henry O" is an investigative reporter. She has brains, makes intelligent decisions about what to become involved in, and when to involve authorities, and is a thoroughly likeable protagonist. She is asked by a friend (and former lover) to help him figure out which members of his current wife's family is trying to kill her. There's a lot of money at stake (not for friend or wife, but for the kids --making a great motive). The book is still definitely a cozy--there's no overt violence, the characters are filled out just enough for us to infer their motivations, the plot moves along in a pretty straight line, the cruise ship setting was well delineated, and anyone who reads mysteries more than twice a year can figure out by about page 200 "who dunnit." Still in all, it was a pleasant and quick read--the sort one needs when one waits until the day before book club to gobble down something so as to be able to discuss the author intelligently ( )
  tututhefirst | Aug 3, 2010 |
Carolyn Hart does two mystery series. One is Death on Demand, about the owner of a mystery book shop on an island off the Carolina coast. The other is about Henri O., a retired journalist. The Death on Demand series is fun, and the characters are often eccentric stereotypes. The Henry O series has characters that are more realistic, more complex, and thus the series has a more mature feeling. For example, see this quote from pl 44. "One of the nuggets of age is the realization that, save for the purposefully evil, everyone does the best they can, a conclusion both mitigating and chilling." The characters bear out the observation. In this book, Henrie O's old friend and sometime lover Jimmy asks for her help in keeping his wife safe from the stepchildren she has alienated but over whom she holds the purse strings. Excellent reading. ( )
  reannon | Sep 6, 2008 |
A Henrie O mystery - light mystery. Henrie O goes on a cruise with the family of a friend, who is the husband & a former lover. There is a lot of money at stake - a trust is to be distributed or not and the stepmother is the decision maker. A murder at sea - Henrie O investigates. ( )
  LeHack | Jun 1, 2007 |
Henrietta O’Dwyer Collins (Henrie O), retired journalist, retired college professor and active amateur sleuth, is asked by an old flame to help him protect his current wife from being murdered by her stepchildren. After Henrie O said “no” to James “Jimmy” Lennox’s marriage proposal, he married a younger woman, Sophia Montgomery. She’s a no-nonsense, 50-something award-winning documentary film-maker – a woman accustomed to calling the shots.

Sophia’s late second husband, financier Frank Riordan, left her in charge of the trust funds of his four adult offspring. It’s up to Sophia to decide whether they get to control the multi-millions their father left them, even if they will continue receiving income from the trust funds. To help her decide, Sophia plans a two-week, luxury Baltic cruise, during which she will determine if they’re fit to handle the money themselves. The children detest her. Jimmy invites Henrie O to join them on the cruise and use her sleuthing and reportorial skills to figure out which member of the Riordan family is planning to kill Sophia – and keep it from happening.

As they tour romantic locales – Copenhagen, St. Petersburg, Helsinki – Henrie O comes to believe Jimmy is right to worry for Sophia’s safety. She’s ruthless, self-absorbed and totally incapable of understanding people at all. (Not many pages into the book, I was ready to murder her!)

It’s been a long time (2001) since fans of Henrie O have had a new mystery to sink their teeth into. Henrie O is back … and she’s better than ever. One of the hallmarks of Carolyn Hart’s mysteries is that she provides readers with detailed backgrounds on all the main characters very early in the story – and she does it seamlessly. No dancing around, no hiding information – it’s all there for readers to digest. The author also avoids littering the landscape with unnecessary characters – every character is in the story for a purpose: to move the story forward. Set Sail for Murder is a classic cozy, created by a master storyteller.

By Diana. First published in Mystery News, April-May 2007 issue. ( )
  NewsieQ | May 25, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 006072403X, Hardcover)

When retired newspaper reporter Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, Henrie O to her friends, receives a call for help, she discovers that love once kindled never burns to ashes. Although she refused Jimmy Lennox's marriage proposal, there is still a special place for him in her heart. She wished him well when he found happiness with Sophia Montgomery, world-famous documentary filmmaker and stepmother to the now grown heirs of a great fortune. Sophia is at odds with the heirs, and Jimmy fears for her safety. He asks Henrie O to come along with the family on a Baltic cruise. Henrie O can't turn down her old friend, though old passions are stirred when he calls.

On the voyage she soon realizes this dysfunctional family is plunging toward destruction and one of the travelers has murder in mind. As the ports of call pass—Copenhagen, Gdynia, Tallinn, St. Petersburg—death inexorably approaches. Henrie O works desperately to save Jimmy and to bring hope to lives blighted by anger, resentment, and heartbreak.

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"When retired newspaper reporter Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, Henrie O to her friends, receives a call for help, she discovers that love once kindled never burns to ashes. Although she refused Jimmy Lennox's marriage proposal, there is still a special place for him in her heart. She wished him well when he found happiness with Sophia Montgomery, world-famous documentary filmmaker and stepmother to the now grown heirs of a great fortune. Sophia is at odds with the heirs, and Jimmy fears for her safety. He asks Henrie O to come along with the family on a Baltic cruise. Henrie O can't turn down her old friend, though old passions are stirred when he calls.""On the voyage she soon realizes this dysfunctional family is plunging toward destruction and one of the travelers has murder in mind. As the ports of call pass - Copenhagen, Gdynia, Tallinn, St. Petersburg - death inexorably approaches. Henrie O works desperately to save Jimmy and to bring hope to lives blighted by anger, resentment, and heartbreak."--BOOK JACKET.… (more)

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