Today is the 106th anniversary of the day when the Titanic hit an iceberg. When I started researching S'more Murders, my Titanic-themed culinary mystery, I was surprised to find dozens of nonfiction titles about the disaster at my local library, a small subset of the books on the subject. A Google search of Titanic brings up 28 million hits. A rare copy of a menu from the first meal served aboard the Titanic is slated for auction later this month, expected to sell for 100,000 British pounds (140,000 U.S. dollars).
What explains this fascination with a disaster that claimed 1500+ victims more than a century ago? Comment with your thoughts for a chance to win an Advanced Reader Edition of S'more Murders. To comment, click on the word "Comments" in the column to the left of this post.
In S'more Murders, my 5th Five-Ingredient Mystery, the victim and suspects include Titanic memorabilia collectors, dealers, and thieves, as well as a descendant of a Titanic survivor.
As warm April weather brings boaters to the Chesapeake Bay, Val agrees to cater a dinner party aboard a yacht. Its owner, a collector of Titanic memorabilia, asks her to re-create the final meal served on that doomed ship. On the anniversary of the Titanic disaster, the yachtsman welcomes his guests aboard and assigns them roles in a murder mystery game called Death on the Titanic. Val soon reaches the chilling conclusion that the host is fishing for the culprit in a real crime. When someone disappears from the yacht, Val and her grandfather have to reel in a killer before s’more murders go down.
Available now for preorder, S'more Murders comes out on July 31, 2017. To enter a contest for an advanced edition, leave a comment about Titanic fascination in response to this post. The contest ends on May 1st and is open only to U.S. residents.
This blog, like the books and stories I write, combines mysteries, food, trivia, and a bit of humor to leaven the grim subject of crime. Sometimes random subjects intrude here .