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Ship Shapely

(The fifth book in the Gil Yates Private Investigator series)
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ALA Booklist
Gil Yates, nerdy palm-tree enthusiast by day but high-dollar P.I. by night, is retained to find a debauched captain who mysteriously vanished from his yacht in Hawaii more than a year ago. The perfunctory police investigation got nowhere, thanks largely to the uncooperative crew-five gorgeous women handpicked by the captain for a summer excursion. Now the deceased's widow-not buying the official determination of accidental death-wants some answers. Yates (the suave nighttime version, that is) is hardly displeased at the prospect of traveling to Hawaii to interrogate the comely crew, whose joint testimony is that they were sleeping when the captain apparently jumped ship. Could one of these beauties have done the dirty deed herself? With great wit and high style, Boyle offers a wonderfully comic, mixed metaphor-spouting hero who combines awkward charm with cunning instinct-a mix of Austin Powers, James Bond, and Sam Spade. Fun reading. (ALA Booklist)

Library Journal
In his fifth mystery, eccentric private eye Gil Yates (Bluebeard's Last Stand) tries to find out which of five beautiful crew members did away with her ship's captain near Hawaii. A clever plot coupled with a lively protagonist. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Rich Wertz - ForeWord
Before Les Quincy disappeared, he was a professional flagpole painter and a sexually profligate sailboat captain. The suspects in his disappearance, all shapely young women, served as his crew and took turns sharing his bed. If this sounds like a farce, it is. the action is just shy of slapstick in Alistair Boyle's fifth mystery starring private investigator Gil Yates.

Kirkus Reviews
The police call Les Quincy's death an accident, and why shouldn't they? Since the morning a year ago when the four lovely women he'd hired to sail his boat and share his bunk awoke to find him missing, there hasn't even been any hard evidence that he's dead. But the veteran skipper was much too far from Hawaii to have made it to shore, so either he unaccountably fell overboard in the middle of the night without waking anyone, or one or more of his five companions is lying about what happened to him. Les's widow Edna, determined to get at the truth, persuades dashing shamus Gil Yates (Bluebeard's Last Stand, 1998, etc.) to cut his usual exorbitant contingency fee to $200,000. So Gil packs his endless supply of malapropisms and goes in search of the five survivors of Les's last voyage: sexy Kay, southern belle Prudence, nude model Sooshe, drug-connected Elizabeth, and Bible-college-student Ruth. The women, vivid stereotypes alike only in their attractiveness, continue to insist they have no idea how Les ended up in Davy Smith's locker, but several of them seem unaccountably taken with Gil ("I like unthreatening men," Ruth tells him), and his investigation threatens to turn into five rounds of chastely described coupling before he rolls up the case. Though Gil's as charming as ever, the answer to this riddle isn't likely to sweep you off your legs.


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August 1999 : USA Hardback

Title: Ship Shapely: A Gil Yates Private Investigator Novel
Author(s): Alistair Boyle
ISBN: 1-888310-99-5 / 978-1-888310-99-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Allen a Knoll Pubs
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA