The Lusitania Murders

The Lusitania Murders

The Lusitania Murders On May the luxury liner Lusitania was struck by a German torpedo On board was an under cover journalist using the pen name S S Van Dine And hours before the tragic sinking changed the course

  • Title: The Lusitania Murders
  • Author: Max Allan Collins
  • ISBN: 9780425186886
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • On May 7, 1915, the luxury liner Lusitania was struck by a German torpedo On board was an under cover journalist using the pen name S.S Van Dine And hours before the tragic sinking changed the course of history, there was a mystery of treason, sabotage, and murder.

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    The Lusitania Murders is the 4th novel in The Disaster Series. In each book, Max Allan Collins expertly wraps a historical disaster with a fictional murder investigation, sending a famous person scrambling to solve the crime before all hell breaks loose. Previous stories have been aboard the Titanic on its fateful maiden voyage, the Hindenberg before it exploded, and at Pearl Harbor on that day of infamy. The stories do not trivialize the real loss of life in these historical events. Facts are g [...]

    Again a tour de force, credibly imagining the last voyage of a formidable ship and placing a mystery which determines its fate and 'Van Dine" is an interesting career - not fully engaging sympathy, but definitely evoking interest

    The author introduces this book as being based on a fragment of a manuscript from SS Van Dine – a real life mystery writer. Whether this is a Van Dine memoir or fictional story is never known. Collins weaves around it a fact-based account of the Lusitania and her sinking and a fictional murder and mystery occurring on board. As with all of his ‘Disaster Series’ books, this is both informative history and well-crafted mystery – and Collins is just a darned good writer. He does a wonderful [...]

    As expressed previously in reviews of these "Disaster Mysteries" I have a penchant not just for mysteryies in general but most especially for historical mysteries involving real life heroes and villains acting as they might have done, not just as we know they did as in a non-fiction story. This also extends to the "alternate reality" type of historical fiction/fantasy but we'll save that for another review, perhaps of Keyes' "Age of Unreason" series.This entry in Collins' exquisitie series was j [...]

    The sinking of the Lusitania (one of Cunard's most luxurious ocean liners) is going to be the subject of several books and more novels and documentaries during the 100th anniversary of its demise.In Max Allan Collins' Disaster Series, he combines a famous disaster with a famous author who also doubles as a sleuth. In this case it is S. S. Van Dine, whose detective, Philo Vance, might have been the most popular mystery character for a period of several years. Collins gives us a little background [...]

    I picked this book up only because I recently finished Erik Larson's "Dead Wake" about the sinking of the Luisitania. I thought it would be entertaining to read a mystery about the same event while the circumstances surrounding it were relatively fresh in my mind. Additionally, I've read several of S.S. Van Dine's Philo Vance mysteries and one of those characters appears in this story as the lead detective, though as a woman rather than as a man. With all of that pointing me toward this story, I [...]

    Interesting murder mystery taking place on the ill-fated Lusitania. Max Allan Collins is great at combining history and a good mystery. I recently read his "True Detective" which takes place during prohibition-era Chicago and would highly recommend it. In this one Collins really makes you feel like you are on the Lusitania in 1915 - he has great descriptions of the ship itself, the passengers, and crew. He uses S.S. Van Dine as the narrator (Van Dine wrote several mystery novels in the 1920s fea [...]

    Another fun and easy read in The Disaster series. I was quite pleased that the previous overuse of commas and run-on sentences was greatly improved in this one. It made the book much more readable than some of the others in the series. While I enjoyed the female Pinkerton agent, it sort of strained credibility given the time period. The other downside was that you didn't get to the sinking until the very last chapter. Granted, I know the sinking was quite fast, but I would have enjoyed the time [...]

    This reminded my of an Agatha Christie murder mystery: a “predictable set of charismatic characters in a closed environment” style whodunit.I loved the two main characters and their relationship; I really got into it and rooted for them, in fact at times I cared more about them than I did for the mystery. I want a sequel surrounded on their lives!I was impressed with the author’s description of life aboard the Lusitania; I want to read a non-fiction book about it now.I read it all in one s [...]

    I really like these books not only because of the historical settings but also because the main characters are always famous writers of the time period. In this book S.S. Van Dine takes a writing assignment to profile various travelers on the Lusitania and gets involved in shipboard intrigue. Listened to the audio version which was competently narrated by Jeff Cummings.

    This book was a fun little readwent fairly quickly, and had an interesting premise: several German spies are apprehended on board the Lusitania during her fateful final voyage, and then end up dead. Was it murder?? Suicide?? The intrepid reporter, one S.S. Van Dine, meets a female Pinkerton detective on board and they try to unravel the mystery, even as the Lusitania steams toward her doom. Relatively lightweight as murder mysteries go, but an enjoyable, quick read nontheless.

    Throw-away stuff, but a fun way to pass the time and, as always in Collins' fictionalized "real-life disaster mystery" series, and speculate about what really sank the Lusitania.If I could just escape the perception that he cranks these out on an assembly line.

    This was not as good as I remembered The Pearl Harbor Murders being when I read it years ago. But it did whet my curiosity about the Lusitania and some of the "real " passengers who were characters. So I looked them up on a Lucy website and read many more details.

    Does the job well enough, though the central mystery isn't all that compelling. The female detective is a nice touch.

    Decent mystery. Good view of history. I liked this one better than the Hindenberg book. Three and a half stars.

    I thoroughly enjoyed this murder mystery combining fact and fiction. I will probably give the other books in his "Disaster Series" a look.

    Max Collins has done an excellent job of covering the historical facts, creating a mystery, and writing it all in the voice of a writer he doesn't even like.

    I really enjoyed this one. I felt the third book in the series fell rather flat, but the fourth made up for it.

    This is not a Nathan Heller mystery. Still entertaining and based on fact. Nice touch using a woman as a Pinkerton agent.

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