It is a wonderful suspenseful murder mystery set in Southport Queensland, in 1887. You are kept guessing as to who the murderer is right until the end.
Dr Hamish Hart and his friend Dr Rita Cartwright decide to take a short holiday at the Grand Hotel at Deepwater Point, Southport to view an exhibition by the famous French balloonist Celestine Dupont.
The steamer journey from Brisbane to Southport takes several hours. On arrival, they are impressed by the opulence and design of the hotel, as well as the wonderful sea views.
Hamish and Rita are introduced to their fellow guests at dinner in the dining hall. The guest of honour is Miss Celestine Dupont, who’s been invited to put on a display of ballooning along the beach.
All the guests at the dinner table have secrets and one of them is found murdered in their locked room the next morning!
Hamish and Rita are first on the scene. Hamish often assists the police as a medical examiner and is asked to do so for this case. Thus begins the investigation into how, why, and who did it.
As Hamish and Rita look into the past and present lives of the guests, their interesting stories and secrets are exposed.
Sargent Bellamy, Wallace and the delightful terrier Red arrive on the police boat from Brisbane to be part of the investigation. All the wonderful characters from the previous books are all here at Southport.
With so many suspects and so many secrets, the story keeps you very involved and I found it difficult to put the book down.
What I love about the Dr. Hamish Hart series is the historical aspect of the settings. This book did not disappoint as the story was set in the area we now call Surfers Paradise. In 1887, holidaymakers were fascinated by the beauty of Southport, Burleigh Heads, Stradbroke Island, and Moreton Bay — just as they are today.
Each chapter starts with an actual historical newspaper article relating to events at that time which have been cleverly woven into the storyline.
The story covered shipwrecks, hot air balloons, spies, war times, family, social standing and issues of the time. Plus, there’s the inequality between women and men.
And, when Hamish and Rita are on the scene it is not just one murder!
If you are a murder mystery fan or have an interest in Australian history you will really love this book.
Thoroughly recommend it. You do not need to read the previous books in the series as the book stands alone as well.
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