The Widow's Cruise

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    IGNOU M.Com Study Material, IGNOU Books, Free Download a scornful reviewer a seductive temptress is known to a Bishop, and, to top it off, two busybodies are keeping tabs on everyoneAs the passengers lives become increasingly intertwined, it seems a plot for revenge may be afloat Amidst steamy assignations, false accusations, and suicide threats, Nigel s holiday doesn t last long, and he must take charge to uncover the truth before the passengers have something disturbing to gossip about."/>
  • Mass Market Paperback
  • 184
  • The Widow's Cruise
  • Nicholas Blake
  • English
  • 05 October 2019
  • 0060803991

About the Author: Nicholas Blake

The Widow's Cruise Kindle Ä The Widow's PDF/EPUB or widow's kindle, cruise pdf, The Widow's pdf, The Widow's CruiseThe Widow's Cruise EpubNicholas Blake is the pseudonym of poet Cecil Day Lewis C Day Lewis who was born in Ireland in He was the son of the Reverend Frank Cecil Day Lewis and his wife Kathleen nee Squires His mother died in and The Widow's PDF/EPUB or he and his father moved to London where he was brought up by his father with the help of an auntHe spent his holidays in Wrexford and regarded himself very much as anglo irish, although when the Republic of Ireland was declared in he chose British citizenshipHe was married twice, to Mary King in and to Jill Balcon in and during the s he had a long love affair with novelist Rosamond Lehmann He had four children from his two marriages with actor Daniel Day Lewis, documentary filmmaker and television chef Tamasin Day Lewis and TV critic and writer Sean Day Lewis being three of his childrenHe began work as a schoolmaster and during World War II he worked as a publications editor in the Ministry of Information After the war he joined Chatto Windus as a senior editor and director and then in he began lecturing at Cambridge University He later taught poetry at Oxford University, where he was Professor of Poetry from and from he was the Norton Professor at Harvard UniversityBut he was by then earning his living mainly from his writings, having had some poetry published in the late s and early s and then in beginning his career as a thriller writer with A Question of Proof , which featured his amateur sleuth Nigel Strangeways, reputedly modelled on W H Auden He continued the Strangeways series, which finally totalled novels ending with The Morning After Death in He also wrote four detective novels which did not feature StrangewaysHe continued to write poetry and became Poet Laureate in , a post he held until his death in He was also awarded the CBEHe died from pancreatic cancer on May at the Hertfordshire home of Kingsley Amis and Elizabeth Jane Howard, where he and his wife were staying He is buried in Stinsford churchyard, close to the grave of one of his heroes Thomas Hardy, something that he had arranged before his death.


The Widow's CruiseThe Widow's Cruise Kindle Ä The Widow's PDF/EPUB or widow's kindle, cruise pdf, The Widow's pdf, The Widow's CruiseThe Widow's Cruise EpubThe only thing I have against cruise life, said Clare, yawning again, is that it s turning us all into busybodies and gossips Renowned sculptor, Clare Massinger, is in a bit of a creative slump To provide a little inspiration, Nigel Strangeways books The Widow's PDF/EPUB or them a relaxing cruise on the Aegean Sea Filled with Greek temples, swimming pools, and sandy beaches, this scenic vacation should be the perfect getaway But when they meet the other passengers, Nigel and Clare realize the cruise may not be as peaceful as plannedIt seems everyone knows everyone else s business a schoolteacher recovering from a nervous breakdown is confronted by a former student a scholar is embarrassed by a scornful reviewer a seductive temptress is known to a Bishop, and, to top it off, two busybodies are keeping tabs on everyoneAs the passengers lives become increasingly intertwined, it seems a plot for revenge may be afloat Amidst steamy assignations, false accusations, and suicide threats, Nigel s holiday doesn t last long, and he must take charge to uncover the truth before the passengers have something disturbing to gossip about.

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  1. Susan says:

    This is the thirteenth in the Nigel Strangeways series, written by Nicholas Blake, a pseudonym for Cecil Day Lewis I am sad that I am coming towards the end of these books now, as I have enjoyed most of the books especially those at the beginning, and end, of the series admittedly, there was a bit of a dip in the middle, but Blake seems to have got a second wind around this period this particular book was published in 1959.Strangeways goes on a Greek cruise with sculptor, Clare Massinger O This is the thirteenth in the Nigel Strangeways series, written by Nicholas Blake, a pseudonym for Cecil Day Lewis I am sad that I am coming towards the end of these books now, as I have enjoyed most of the books especially those at the beginning, and end, of the series admittedly, there was a bit of a dip in the middle, but Blake seems to have got a second wind around this period this particular book was published in 1959.Strangeways goes on a Greek cruise with sculptor, Clare Massinger Of course, there are mixed group of passengers, all with their secrets and motives for murder From the beginning, you feel that Nigel Strangeways suspects something will go wrong and, indeed, murder does seem to follow him about I liked the cruise setting and the interplay between those on board from a rather overly curious child, to a bullying ex schoolmistress and a Greek expert humiliated by a passenger during a lecture Of course, Strangeways solves the crime, but the journey is very enjoyable

  2. Cphe says:

    I haven t read the author before so wasn t too sure what to expect but I do enjoy vintage crime.Nigel Strangeways and his girlfriend are cruising around the Greek Islands when not one but two murders occur on their cruise It s up to sleuth Nigel Strangeways to uncover the how, when and why and unmask the murderer.A somewhat convoluted mystery although I did have an inkling before the ending as to who the culprit had to be.Enjoyed the setting, the straight forward delivery and the cast of char I haven t read the author before so wasn t too sure what to expect but I do enjoy vintage crime.Nigel Strangeways and his girlfriend are cruising around the Greek Islands when not one but two murders occur on their cruise It s up to sleuth Nigel Strangeways to uncover the how, when and why and unmask the murderer.A somewhat convoluted mystery although I did have an inkling before the ending as to who the culprit had to be.Enjoyed the setting, the straight forward delivery and the cast of characters on offer

  3. Jon says:

    The second of the two Nicholas Blake actually the poet C Day Lewis mysteries I ve read over the past week This one is apparently typical of the series in that it is a straight mystery, set around 1960 on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean I had hoped for a good dealclassical allusion from the translator of Virgil, but at least there was some I had also hoped fordescription of the Greek islands, but I had to be satisfied with relatively little The plot involves a wildly implaus The second of the two Nicholas Blake actually the poet C Day Lewis mysteries I ve read over the past week This one is apparently typical of the series in that it is a straight mystery, set around 1960 on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean I had hoped for a good dealclassical allusion from the translator of Virgil, but at least there was some I had also hoped fordescription of the Greek islands, but I had to be satisfied with relatively little The plot involves a wildly implausible set of circumstances, and the solution is equally implausible but the author so completely accounts for and explains away all the unbelievable aspects, that you have to admire his ingenuity And meanwhile he writes with a poet s precision and respect for words I ll be readingof these

  4. Berry says:

    I d been wanting to read a Nicholas Blake mystery for a while and, since I have a soft spot for whodunits set onboard ships, I started with The Widow s Cruise.The book is very well written, the prose is poetic in places but not purply, it s not as G rated as a lot of cozy mysteries which I appreciate, and Nigel is interesting and likeable Blake s writing is like a smarter version of Agatha Christie s in a lot of ways, and so is his plotting I flew through this book today but I have to give it I d been wanting to read a Nicholas Blake mystery for a while and, since I have a soft spot for whodunits set onboard ships, I started with The Widow s Cruise.The book is very well written, the prose is poetic in places but not purply, it s not as G rated as a lot of cozy mysteries which I appreciate, and Nigel is interesting and likeable Blake s writing is like a smarter version of Agatha Christie s in a lot of ways, and so is his plotting I flew through this book today but I have to give it a 3 because of the following hint of a spoiler I just can t really rate a mystery fairly if I have figured it out 1 4th into the book, especially if I figured it out simply for recognizing apopular writer s famous plot.But the bottom line is I recommend the book and I can t wait to pick up the other 15 Nigel Strangeways books SPOILER Any Agatha fan will suss out whodunit by page 40 or so There s a lot of evil under the Greek sun, if you catch my drift I think Blake also riffs Strangers on a Train in another book so maybe he lifts plots a lot I will update this review after I ve read someBlake.PS Why doesn t Daniel Day Lewis get cracking on some Nigel Strangeways films PPS Keep your dictionary handy Every few pages Blake breaks out a ten dollar word, which I find belletristic and not rebarbative

  5. Pamela says:

    Nigel Strangeways and his partner Clare Massinger take a cruise around the Greek Islands They spend some time observing the other passengers and realise there are tensions among them Cantankerous schoolteacher Ianthe Ambrose is conducting a feud with onboard lecturer Jeremy Street, her glamorous sister Melissa has gathered a pair of admirers, and a precocious schoolgirl is spying on her fellow passengers.The tension heightens as the cruise continues, until finally murder is committed Strangew Nigel Strangeways and his partner Clare Massinger take a cruise around the Greek Islands They spend some time observing the other passengers and realise there are tensions among them Cantankerous schoolteacher Ianthe Ambrose is conducting a feud with onboard lecturer Jeremy Street, her glamorous sister Melissa has gathered a pair of admirers, and a precocious schoolgirl is spying on her fellow passengers.The tension heightens as the cruise continues, until finally murder is committed Strangeways investigates as the cruise ship heads towards the Greek mainland This is an interesting and well thought out murder mystery, the clues are skilfully inserted throughout the novel for those sharp enough to see them and the tension on board deck feels real The characters are clearly distinguished from each other, as always in GA mysteries there is an element of caricature the naive schoolboy, the rotter but not enough to make the story ridiculous or the characters unconvincing.Strangeways is likeable and intelligent, with a touch of vanity that makes himhuman than many detectives Blake occasionally shows flashes of the grumpiness, even misogyny, that marred some of therecent Books, but on the whole this is a return to the style of hisenjoyable earlier Books, and I thoroughly enjoyed it

  6. Vanessa says:

    A shipboard mystery in the vein of Death on the Nile, but with a lotfocus on interpersonal behavior and not so much on timetables and drawing a map of the ship No one is pleasant, really, in this cast, which is okay by me but may annoy readers who need a littleinvestment in the murderer victim suspects A definite recommend, especially because of the descriptions of summertime Greece during this rainy, grey spring 2018 has decided to hand us.I received an ecopy from the publishers A shipboard mystery in the vein of Death on the Nile, but with a lotfocus on interpersonal behavior and not so much on timetables and drawing a map of the ship No one is pleasant, really, in this cast, which is okay by me but may annoy readers who need a littleinvestment in the murderer victim suspects A definite recommend, especially because of the descriptions of summertime Greece during this rainy, grey spring 2018 has decided to hand us.I received an ecopy from the publishers and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

  7. ShanDizzy says:

    Intelligently doneThis is one of those mysteries where there is the obvious murderer but it was done in such a way that I was left with a sense of wow at the end Just about all of the ugly human traits were on display but it was a very interesting mystery Day Lewis redeemed himself from that atrocious Murder With Malice story Intelligently doneThis is one of those mysteries where there is the obvious murderer but it was done in such a way that I was left with a sense of wow at the end Just about all of the ugly human traits were on display but it was a very interesting mystery Day Lewis redeemed himself from that atrocious Murder With Malice story

  8. March says:

    Best of the later Blakes I have read The central gimmick will be quite transparent to those who have read their Christie, but it is tightly plotted and engagingly written.

  9. Sol says:

    A great thriller and police novel For real, this story is fenomenal Blake is a major writer The finals chapters are a big master piece.

  10. Bill says:

    Deserves to be among Classic Cruise MysteriesThe Widow s Cruise compares favorably to other classic mysteries set on cruise ships such as Agatha Christie s Death on the Nile and Eric Ambler s Journey to Fear The closed society with it s limited suspects and simmering tensions among a few characters thrown together is a standard Golden Age ploy but Nicolas Blake the poet C.Day Lewis uses it to create an interesting group of literate and academic passengers, allowing us to see a bygone world of Deserves to be among Classic Cruise MysteriesThe Widow s Cruise compares favorably to other classic mysteries set on cruise ships such as Agatha Christie s Death on the Nile and Eric Ambler s Journey to Fear The closed society with it s limited suspects and simmering tensions among a few characters thrown together is a standard Golden Age ploy but Nicolas Blake the poet C.Day Lewis uses it to create an interesting group of literate and academic passengers, allowing us to see a bygone world of English public schools with it s literate professors and students struggling with jealousies and resentment Strangeways is a less outlandish detective than some other series such as Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey both of whom I like but are often characterized by their eccentricities and while I was somewhat troubled that his loose connection to Scotland Yard seemed to give him incredible power and authority, he is presented as a quite regular guy In these days of so many historical mysteries, it s good to read a mystery from an earlier time that presents characters accurately as they are seen at the time The book is frank about sexuality and is presents it s non English characters with respect and lacks the Imperialist posturings of so many historical mysteries trying to set the record straight And while it is not that hard to figure out the solution, it is still fun to follow along with Nigel and see how he solves and presents the mystery