In the late 19th century, the Jubilee Palace showboat is home to Gwen Barlow and her mother and brother. When they dock in Moss Hollow, Ky., Gwen discovers that the small backwoods town is the home of lead actress Marianne Dresden.

Soon murder is afloat, and when Marianne's father is found murdered on the boat, it must remain docked until the local sheriff solves the murder. Gwen gets involved and ends up in great danger. She may be next on the killer's list.

Though the novel is slow at the beginning, the pace increases as the mystery becomes more complex and the list of possible suspects grows. The addition of a life-altering event in Gwen's life adds substance as sparks fly between Gwen and the Jubilee Palace's handsome captain, Carson Stockwell. (Sep., 256 pp., $25.95)
Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick