The Honorable Daisy Dalrymple has married her police inspector, Alan Fletcher. The first surprise she gets as a newlywed is to discover that Alans services are required by J. Edgar Hoover in the United States, so for their honeymoon, they will cross the ocean on a luxury liner.

The boat is full of colorful characters, American and British both, promising an exciting journey. Unfortunately, the voyage proves too much for Alan, as he spends a good deal of time being seasick.

Things start to go wrong from the beginning. Two passengers are swept overboard and a murder happensor does it? The ships captain, fully aware of Alans identity, would like him to investigate but seasickness prevents him from being a fully active participant. Instead, the intelligent and observant Daisy finds herself solving a crime in shipboard society.

Ocean voyages make for colorful murder settings, and this outing, set in 1926, is particularly enjoyable. Ms. Dunn does a fine job describing the social mores of the time, and both Daisy and Alan are winning characters. (Apr., 256 pp., $22.95)

Reviewed by: 
Toby Bromberg