The prolific Carolyn Hart takes the locked room mystery to new heights in Set Sail for Murder, her seventh novel featuring senior sleuth Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins, affectionately known as Henrie O. A sensitive, sensible retired newspaper reporter/journalism professor, Henrie O agrees to assist her former lover Jimmy Lennox investigate murder attempts upon his wife, the wealthy but prickly Sophia. Jimmy is convinced that someone from Sophia's stepfamily wants to kill her because she stands between the children of her previous husband and the fortune they will inherit.In order to sort things out, the family, including an aunt who raised the children, embarks upon a luxury cruise that affords a forum for frank discussion of the situation. Secretly, Jimmy pays Henrie O's passage, so that she can employ her journalistic skills to avert disaster. Unfortunately, even Henrie O's diligent efforts are insufficient to thwart the machinations of an exceedingly wily killer. Ultimately, Henrie O's intelligence and tenacity enable her to uncover the surprising culprit.
Henrie O is an intriguing, complex character, with a sad past that includes the accidental death of her young son and the murder of her husband. Her romantic involvement with Jimmy is also rendered brilliantly, making Set Sail for Murder impressive on many levels. Hart is a writer who truly understands the human heart.