Historical fiction, Mystery

Danger on the Atlantic by Erica Ruth Neubauer

I have read and reviewed the previous two works in the series before on the blog:

I have read both of the previous books in the series and must say that it is not completely required to have read those two to appreciate this one.
There are a few hints about the familial issues that were tackled/revealed in the previous installments, but this does not hold much influence over the events of this adventure.
The primary reason for this is the fact that this entire book occurs onboard a ship. The previous book set this up, with us being informed as to why our lead protagonist will spy for the crown and the safety of the country.
Jane Wunderly is the kind of central figure that is easy to encourage and appreciate. She wants more for herself than life has provided (happiness wise). Jane is considerate of the feelings of people around her and has an inherent need to help. One of the first people who catch her eye when she is waving goodbye to people onshore is a couple indulging in some very public display of affection, more than is appreciated in that time frame. A few hours into the journey, the only person who claims to know of the existence of the male half of the couple is the new wife! She is hysterical about events occurring around her, and only Jane can back up the story that she did not come aboard alone.
This is the kind of thing Jane’s partner in crime (so to speak) tends to be heavy-handed in forbidding her indulgence in. The balance that they achieve by the end seems realistic and suits the narrative style in this series.
The spying sequence seemed a little too bland and routine by itself and could not have carried the book; the possible gaslighting of this unknown woman (or her own lying) adds extra flair to this closed room (since the ship serves as an extra-large room) type mystery.
I like the progress of the series and think there might be one or two more books left in the series to round it off. I look forward to the next.
This would work for readers who like their historical fiction set in the 1920s.
I received an ARC thanks to NetGalley and the publishers, but the review is entirely based on my own reading experience.

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