When Meg Langslow's grandfather, Dr. J. Montgomery Blake, signs on for the cruise ship lecture circuit, his contract allows him to bring others along. Fifteen members of the family and his team accompany him. Trevor Ponsonby-West, his assistant, tried to convince him not to travel with the small new cruise line, Pastime, but Blake is stubborn. Everything Meg sees convinces her that Trevor was right. And, where is Trevor anyways?
On the first night of the cruise, Meg spends time with members of a writers' group. When a diva shows up at dinner, the writers tell her they're convinced the woman caused the suicide of one of their friends. By the next morning, a crew member finds evidence the diva jumped off the ship. The captain calls it suicide, but before Meg and her father can investigate, or convince the captain the death warrants an investigation, the ship stalls on its way to Bermuda. The captain provides a lame excuse, and it isn't long before crew members are hard to find. There's no electricity, and no flushing toilets. Meg and her mother rally the passengers to take over the ship, but Meg is actually more interested in looking for missing people and bodies.
Terns of Endearment takes place in only a couple days, but it's slow-paced for almost half the book. It picks up speed, and interest, when the passengers take over the operation of the ship. The mystery is filled with interesting characters, a large cast that's skillfully utilized in the twenty-fifth book in the series. While I thought the book wasn't bad because I don't often read the series, my sister was disappointed in the book with most of the family actually sidelined and the focus on Meg.
Donna Andrews' website is www.donnanadrews.com
Terns of Endearment by Donna Andrews. Minotaur Books, 2019. ISBN 9781250192974 (hardcover), 320p.
FTC Full Disclosure - I received the book to review for a journal.