Boats have been a part of my life since my earliest days. I still remember with affection the toy boats in my bath.
I learned to sail at school, and still remember the smell of new sawn timber from the woodwork shop and the excitement of seeing flat sheets of plywood bend to become something almost animated, a boat.
Your first books are about boats and sailing - are these very important to you?
I've knocked around boats and harbours all my life. Yes, these things are important to me. It's among sailing folk, yachties and professionals I've found much of my life that has shaped me.
Well, if boats are important to you, what was your first boat?
She was a 10ft clinker lugsail dinghy built by Hampers of Fareham. We called her Sparrow - Brown small and lots more like her. Sadly sparrow are far less common in England today.
With the China and the USA bickering with each other and North Korea trying to exploit the conflict, the situation is becoming more precarious by the day. Retired Sydney accountant Warren Blake takes his wife and son on a cruise in the Pacific on his old gaff cutter yacht - Seakeeper.
Voyage with the family through the newly precarious world and changed political realities at home and abroad.
Her modelling career was fading and Caroline knew it. She's already made it clear to George, her agent that she will not do topless shoots or anything of that sort and her choices are becoming limited. In fact she needs a proper job.
I came to Rigged for Murder from an interest in sailing, rather than crime novels. The balance of the story tends more to the latter rather than the former and my competence to rate the police procedural aspect is limited, but the sailing scenes and the descriptions of the ship, Maine Wind were very good.
Rapide (de havilland DH 89 - Rapide) encapsulates the twilight of the wood and fabric airliners which briefly pioneered the air routes of the world before their replacement by "modern" all metal aeroplanes.
B J Miller's plot, particularly the journey to Australia, is wholly credible. By 1939, aircraft were largely reliable and adventure more likely to be had on the ground than in the air. That said, even today such a trip in a short ranged aircraft would be challenging. The aviation details are well drawn and suggest that the author is familiar with aviation of the period.
A thoroughly enjoyable read.