At first it seems promising- a Titanic novel with real characters, and it's not a romance either. These are both very, very rare things in this field, so despite the title I awaited The Titanic Murders with eagerness. Once I actually read it, though, I found myself disappointed. It is researched carefully, with a great attention to detail, but the use of said details is probably its greatest fault. Collins drops details the way another person would drop names- he can't seem to resist the urge to toss every possible character, incident and reference from the Titanic into his story, and they aren't that well-integrated either. The effect, rather than one of refreshing reality, ends up being more irritating than anything else. Another issue was that, given Collins' care in having every character be a real person, he did not seem to bother to learn much about the real personalities of some. His vastly out-of-character version of J. Bruce Ismay is not only absolutely nothing like the man, it's not even much like the stereotypes of him from later Titanic movies and literature. He seems to have made this beyond-arrogant, aggressive and tricky-minded person of which he writes up out of whole cloth. At least he got the physical description perfectly (the 6'4" Ismay has been turned into a short man in Titanic novels before) as well as a few aspects and habits (the nervous smile) that were fact-based. Most of the rest of the cast (except Futrelle himself, about whom I don't know enough to judge) also struck me as slightly stereotyped. I do have to commend Collins on his writing of the mystery story itself and on the characterization of his star. His research, though I didn't like the way it was applied, was stunning and made this possibly the most factual fictional Titanic. The reader can tell that Collins is a Titanic historian himself and knows a good amount about Futrelle. I'm not saying don't buy this book by any means; the personal annoyance I felt at it will certainly not be felt by everyone.
I was immediatley drawn into the premise of this book simply because I have been a Titanic buff for over 15 years, and I was happy to discover it was not a love/class story. The author deftly moves us through richly detailed staterooms, meals, and accurate charcters down to the stewards. The attempt to make one feel as if they are on the ship and in the company of the cream of Edwardian society, while also weaving a tale of mystery and murder, is well achieved. I also love the idea of planting the seed of possible reality into the plot. The only drawback I could find was while I generally enjoyed the authenticity of the primary characters being real people, I was a bit put off by the fact that two most likely innocent men have been villianized in a work of fiction. This however detracts nothing from the book itself. Very convincing, and a great summer read. I am glad to have stumbled upon it.
I have read very little in the way of mysteries. However as a shipwreck buff in general and more specifically a Titanic buff, I was very interested int his book. Mr. Collins has done a superb job of capturing the nuances of the period and the ship itself. He made good use of his resource materials.I also enjoyed the prologue and the epilogue as a great way to neatly tie the whole book together.An imminently pleasurable read. Jacques Futrelle would be proud!
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Steven A. Chase
5,0 von 5 SternenTitanic Sinks, Engulfing the Facts About Two Murders
16. Juni 2016 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Mr. Collins is a wonderful writer. His descriptions of the opulent furnishings of the Titanic brought the ship to life, and his writing style made it seem like it was a real account of what happened. He peoples this book with some of the actual people on the cruise. His protagonist is Jacques (Jack) Futrelle, an author who was prominent during this period. I was so impressed with the character that I have purchased a book with five novels and a bunch of short stories, and I'm enjoying that. The premise of this book is that there were two murders aboard the Titanic before it sank, and Mr. Futrelle is called upon by the Captain to solve them. The book is the story of how Futrelle undertakes this task, and the characters come to life under his astute questioning, and Mr. Collins' skillful pen. There are twists and turns and surprise revelations. I came away from the book feeling like I had just read an historical account of the maiden voyage of the Titanic, and of the lives of the people aboard the vessel. It did not feel like fiction. I would recommend this book and other 'historical novels" by Mr. Collins to all mystery enthusiasts.
I read about this series somewhere on Amazon and decided to put them on my wish list -- a great feature on Amazon. When 5 of the 6 were featured on a Kindle Deal of the Day for only $1.99 each, I purchased all five on sale. (I will purchase the 6th when it goes on sale.) Each one has been worth the money! Mr. Collins involves real writers in fictional murders in real situations and does it masterfully. The stories are an excellent blend of fact and fiction, but he does separate the two for you at the end -- so don't read the last chapter first! The books are easy reads, keep you interested without gore, bad language, or sex. This one gave a wonderful portrait of the Titanic, some of its passengers, and crew while introducing me to a author I had not heard about before, but who was real. I highly recommend this book.
What if that large floating city had its secrets that died when the boat went down? This is the basic premise of this well-written novel, using the real people in the first class section of the Titanic. A mystery writer, Jack Futurelle, and his lovely wife May are taking a second honeymoon, when Jack is asked to write a novel featuring the Titanic, to help publicize the boat, but the owner isn't quite so keen on the idea when first one, then a second body appear. Can Jack solve the mystery? As the reader gets to know these people, you can't help hoping that the iceberg won't be there this time.
4,0 von 5 SternenVery Entertaining - More of an Adventure than a Mystery
23. Februar 2015 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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If you're looking for a book whose entire focus is a gripping mystery - this isn't it. But - if you want to walk the decks of the Titanic, see inside the first class accommodations, spend time in the first class dining room, peek into the second and third class levels on the ship, feel like you've been there - and enjoy a mystery - this is a great book. I gave it four stars only because it's almost more of a look back into those few days aboard Titanic than a mystery, though the mystery does tie it all together. I certainly recommend it - and am going to move on to the second book in the series.
Since I read so much, as I'm sure you do too, I'm always looking for the "different" in style and concept in a piece of fiction, especially a murder mystery. I've read the ones with cats/dogs/caterers/recipes you name it at the core; however, this is the first that has placed me, the reader, in the middle of a real disaster, of which I know the outcome, and then lead me on the pursuit of a murderer. Collins' in depth research of everything Titanic kept me "on board" (sorry) with the concept; and lest he leave his readers dangling, he lets us know what happened to everyone mentioned in his story. If you are in a winter blah mood, read this!