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Death on the Lusitania

(The first book in the Patrick Gallagher series)
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'An instant classic' Daily Mail

The ship was doomed before it ever left port. His fate was sealed before he ever stepped on board. From R. L. Graham,
Death on the Lusitania is an immersive WW1 historical novel set aboard the ill-fated ocean liner.

'Set on a doomed ocean liner, this engaging and well researched mystery is perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers'
Philip Gray, author of Two Storm Wood, The Times Thriller of the Year

Welcome on board the Lusitania’s final voyage . . .

New York, 1915. RMS Lusitania, one of the world’s most luxurious ocean liners, departs for war-torn Europe. Among those on board is Patrick Gallagher, a civil servant in Her Majesty’s government tasked with escorting a British diplomat back to England.

When a fellow passenger is believed to have shot himself in his cabin, Gallagher is asked by the captain to investigate the scene but one crucial detail doesn’t fit. The man’s body was discovered in a locked cabin with the key inside and no gun to be found. Was it really suicide? Or murder?

Gallagher believes one of the passengers is a deadly killer - one who could strike again at any moment. And all the while, the ship sails on towards Europe, where enemy submarines patrol dark waters . . .

Genre: Historical Mystery

Praise for this book

"Set on a doomed ocean liner, this engaging and well researched mystery is perfect for lovers of Agatha Christie and Dorothy L Sayers." - Philip Gray

"A wonderfully gripping read, capturing a vanished age and an enduringly fascinating real-life mystery, with a brilliant cast of characters and mounting tension. I enjoyed it tremendously." - Oliver Harris

"Masterfully weaves historical detail with an enthralling locked-room mystery. Impeccably researched, the story is not just a great crime tale, with a compelling central character in Patrick Gallagher, but a haunting imagining of the last hours of the Lusitania." - Chris Lloyd

"A vivid historical detective mystery coupled with an exciting WWI espionage drama, replete with sinister, devious characters." - Greg Mosse

"Very much enjoyed this shipboard murder mystery with an appealing sleuth in Patrick Gallagher and a positive cornucopia of suspects. Totally absorbing!" - Leonora Nattrass

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