Second Sitting by Stella Whitelaw

What could go wrong on a cruise in the sun?

Countess Georgina was a beautiful cruise ship, and Casey Jones, the Entertainment Director was looking forward to enjoying the Caribbean cruise on this luxury liner.

Casey’s days and nights are an endless stream of introducing guest speakers, placating prima donna singers and organizing feather-clad chorus girls. This is what she expected and what she was ready for.

As the first big party on board the ship looms, Casey, dressed in her finest, prepares to ensure the passengers stuck to their allocated sittings. It was common for people to want to attend both the first and second sitting. But there was no getting past Casey!

When Mr Foster collapses and dies at table two at the second sitting, his death is attributed to natural causes, a heart attack. Dr Samuel Mallory, the Cruise Doctor attends, and is instantly drawn to the new Entertainment Director.

Up to her eyes with entertainment issues, Casey has little time for Dr. Mallory’s advances. Smooth and silk, he captures the attention of many women on board, much to Casey’s relief. Her career depends on her level of professionalism, she cannot afford to let anything slip.

Merlin the Magician, aka Reg Hawkins cannot perform without his box of props and tricks. Casey goes on the hunt, only to find Reg missing on her return, without his box. Panic sets in … she must find Reg and the box or the show won’t go on … but what she is left to deal with is far more serious than she anticipated …

As a stream of sinister events start to unfold, Casey is left troubled. She is the Entertainment Director, not a private investigator, but she finds herself drawn into investigating the series of deaths and other mishaps.

On board the cruise ship is a killer, one who is determined to eliminate anyone who gets in their way. But is this person working alone? Casey isn’t sure. The turn of events sets her nerves on edge … her life is in danger, of that she is certain … but why?

Stella Whitelaw is a British writer and journalist. Her excellence in journalism led to being awarded an MBE in 2001. Her career also includes being Secretary to the Parliamentary Press Gallery at the House of Commons. Her works include both fiction and non-fiction and she has also written several short stories in women’s magazines.

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