Bert and Mamie Take a Cruise
by John Keyse-Walker

All aboard the good ship SS Columbus for an African adventure to die for . . .

February 1939. Mamie Mason isn’t enthusiastic when Bert, her husband of thirty years, persuades her to join him on an African cruise. Bert might be pining for adventure, but Mamie’s perfectly content with her comfortable life in Hills Corners, Ohio.

But once the couple board the glamorous SS Columbus, Mamie has to admit – as much as it pains her – that Bert was right. Swimming in the pool, dancing under the stars, their own bedroom steward to serve their every whim . . . Mamie settles in and prepares to thoroughly enjoy all the sights that Africa has to offer, in the company of a motley collection of eccentric first-class passengers.

Then Mamie witnesses something shocking – and her vacation takes a twist that neither she nor Bert could ever have predicted. Far from home, with a killer in their midst, the couple’s only choice is to turn detective. But surrounded by Nazis, spies and passengers with secrets, how can they uncover the killer – enjoy their vacation of a lifetime – and make it back to Ohio alive?

This page-turning historical mystery, set in the months before the outbreak of the Second World War, is a great choice for fans of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile, Ruth Ware’s The Woman in Cabin 10, and anyone who enjoys arm-chair travelling, with a dash of mystery and adventure!


“Fascinating . . . Bert and Mamie Mason are the most entertaining detective couple since Nick and Nora Charles”

Publishers Weekly

“Suggest for fans of pre-war mysteries or Agatha Christie”

Library Journal

“There’s much to love . . . A promising new series launch”

Kirkus Reviews

“An excellent read”

Historical Novels Review

“Darkly atmospheric writing, an action-packed plot, plenty of suspense, and a sometimes-hapless hero caught between saving his own life and doing the right thing drive this outstanding, packs-a-punch thriller”

Booklist Starred Review of Havana Highwire

“A tropical treat like no other.”

Kirkus Reviews Starred Review of Palms, Paradise, Poison

“A principled hero, solid details of police work . . . lushly described settings . . . [An] ambiguous, unusual mystery”

Booklist on Palms, Paradise, Poison

“Keyse-Walker smoothly integrates Caribbean lore and culture into the narrative, which is peopled with distinctive, well-wrought characters . . . Readers will look forward to Teddy’s further adventures”

Publishers Weekly on Palms, Paradise, Poison

“Plenty of action, entertaining and appealing characters, and colorful depictions of island life ... A solid read-alike of AGATHA CHRISTIE's A Caribbean Mystery and BOB MORRIS’s ‘Zack Chasteen’ series”

Library Journal Starred Review of Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed

“An intriguing look at island life with a likable hero whom readers will want to get to know better”

Booklist on Beach, Breeze, Bloodshed

John Keyse-Walker

John Keyse-Walker practiced law for thirty years, representing business and individual clients, educational institutions and government entities. He is an avid salt- and freshwater angler, a tennis player, kayaker and an accomplished cook. He lives in Florida with his wife.Sun, Sand, Murder, the first book in the Teddy Creque mystery series, won the Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Award. As well as the Teddy Creque series, John is also the author of the Cuban noir novel Havana Highwire and historical mystery Bert and Mamie Take a Cruise.

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Bert and Mamie Take a Cruise by John Keyse-Walker is available in the following formats

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