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An elementary school teacher in training takes a midnight swim in the Thames and witnesses a body being dumped. Cribb and Thackerey investigate and uncover strange parallels with the then-popular Jerome K. Jerome mystery Three Men in a Boat. After Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat became a Victorian bestseller, rowing on the Thames was the great craze of 1889. The novel An elementary school teacher in training takes a midnight swim in the Thames and witnesses a body being dumped. Cribb and Thackerey investigate and uncover strange parallels with the then-popular Jerome K. Jerome mystery Three Men in a Boat. After Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat became a Victorian bestseller, rowing on the Thames was the great craze of 1889. The novel begins, however, with skinny-dipping (under another name) by some student teachers. By chance one of them finds herself a witness in a case of murder. The suspects? Three men in a boat. When Cribb and Thackeray take to the river in pursuit, nobody will take them seriously. However, they stick doggedly to the trail, which leads upstream to Oxford.


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An elementary school teacher in training takes a midnight swim in the Thames and witnesses a body being dumped. Cribb and Thackerey investigate and uncover strange parallels with the then-popular Jerome K. Jerome mystery Three Men in a Boat. After Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat became a Victorian bestseller, rowing on the Thames was the great craze of 1889. The novel An elementary school teacher in training takes a midnight swim in the Thames and witnesses a body being dumped. Cribb and Thackerey investigate and uncover strange parallels with the then-popular Jerome K. Jerome mystery Three Men in a Boat. After Jerome K Jerome’s Three Men in a Boat became a Victorian bestseller, rowing on the Thames was the great craze of 1889. The novel begins, however, with skinny-dipping (under another name) by some student teachers. By chance one of them finds herself a witness in a case of murder. The suspects? Three men in a boat. When Cribb and Thackeray take to the river in pursuit, nobody will take them seriously. However, they stick doggedly to the trail, which leads upstream to Oxford.

30 review for Swing, Swing Together

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jill

    Lots of fun. If you like Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat and mysteries, you should give this a go. There were still some things I felt were a bit . . . problematic, as far as men/women relations of the day as far as a historic fiction mystery goes, but it was fun for a casual read anyway. This book was my introduction to the series. btw I tried Wobble to Death later from the online library and found the kindle version just about unreadable. Way too many hyphens in wrong places. Might try Lots of fun. If you like Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat and mysteries, you should give this a go. There were still some things I felt were a bit . . . problematic, as far as men/women relations of the day as far as a historic fiction mystery goes, but it was fun for a casual read anyway. This book was my introduction to the series. btw I tried Wobble to Death later from the online library and found the kindle version just about unreadable. Way too many hyphens in wrong places. Might try inter library loaning the print version at some point, though. If you want something that goes more depth into the society at the time from the view of a time traveler, try "To Say Nothing of the Dog" by Connie Willis. There's plenty of boating in that book also and is a bit of a pastiche/comedy of Three Men in a Boat as well.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Brian's Bookshelves

    Another delightful mystery set in Victorian England This time the setting is taken from Jerome K Jerome's Three men in a boat published in 1889. London is gripped with boating fever and groups of men try to recreate the journey down the Thames from the book When a dead body is pulled from the water, Cribb and co start a race down the Thames to catch the culprit. Another body is discovered in Oxford which complicates matters Full of fine detail of the period, great characters again this mystery is Another delightful mystery set in Victorian England This time the setting is taken from Jerome K Jerome's Three men in a boat published in 1889. London is gripped with boating fever and groups of men try to recreate the journey down the Thames from the book When a dead body is pulled from the water, Cribb and co start a race down the Thames to catch the culprit. Another body is discovered in Oxford which complicates matters Full of fine detail of the period, great characters again this mystery is a joy to read. It has humour and danger and a really good twist at the end 4 stars

  3. 5 out of 5

    Christie Hakala

    I've read a lot of Peter Lovesey's books and generally think they are fine mysteries. But this one was slow moving to me, and though fairly short could have been even shorter with a good editor. The most enjoyable thing about it was the description of boating in a punt down the Thames. All in all a disappointment. I've read a lot of Peter Lovesey's books and generally think they are fine mysteries. But this one was slow moving to me, and though fairly short could have been even shorter with a good editor. The most enjoyable thing about it was the description of boating in a punt down the Thames. All in all a disappointment.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Katharine

    Entertaining adventure for Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray with a sparky female heroine and references to Three Men in a Boat and Jack the Ripper. The actual mystery is not the best and I found the motives for murder unconvincing but it is a lot of fun.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Pam Foster

    Enjoyable, but not nearly as good as the other Sgt Cribb mysteries. Dragged a bit too long with Cribb and Thackery chasing the wrong guys.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Sandra

    This book was so much fun to read.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Marylou

    My favorite Sergeant Cribb mystery especially as it follows another favorite book, Three Men in a Boat

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bonnie

    The title is taken from an old Eton Boating Song and relates to the setting of the Thames. This Victorian story involves the London Sergeant Cribbs and his partner Thackeray and the case of double drowning in the Thames. Jerome K. Jerome had just published his novel Three Men in a Boat and Lovesey cleverly correlates the action in the novel with the present plot. Harriet Shaw daringly strips off and takes a midnight plunge with two of her girlfriends from Elfrida College for the Training of Fema The title is taken from an old Eton Boating Song and relates to the setting of the Thames. This Victorian story involves the London Sergeant Cribbs and his partner Thackeray and the case of double drowning in the Thames. Jerome K. Jerome had just published his novel Three Men in a Boat and Lovesey cleverly correlates the action in the novel with the present plot. Harriet Shaw daringly strips off and takes a midnight plunge with two of her girlfriends from Elfrida College for the Training of Female Elementary Teachers. While in the water, a boat passes by with three men and a dog. Harriet floats downstream and loses contact with the other girls and finds herself marooned on a small island where she is rescued by a policeman who offers her his tunic. Later, a crime is committed by three men in a boat and Harriet is taken into custody so she can identify the men she saw. Sergeant Cribb and Thackeray assume responsibility for Harriet and begin a river trip to Oxford with Hardy and Cribb doing the rowing. They meet several people rowing the same course as the men in the novel and staying at the same locations. When another body is found floating in the Thames, Harriet meets the wife of the deceased man and they become friends. Lovesey manages to include Jack the Ripper who was murdering women during this same period and brings all the separate conflicts together with a trilling conclusion.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jimmy Lee

    This is my first Peter Lovesey - which makes this, which is technically Sergeant Cribb #7, of eight total, probably a rather back-ended introduction. We meet Victorian Era Police Sergeant Cribb via young teaching student Harriet Shaw, who, during an indiscreet river bath in the buff, may have witnessed the perpetrators of a murder escaping the scene. As she may be able to identify the boating murderers, Harriet must now travel the waterways of England with Sergeant Cribb and colleagues. Like many This is my first Peter Lovesey - which makes this, which is technically Sergeant Cribb #7, of eight total, probably a rather back-ended introduction. We meet Victorian Era Police Sergeant Cribb via young teaching student Harriet Shaw, who, during an indiscreet river bath in the buff, may have witnessed the perpetrators of a murder escaping the scene. As she may be able to identify the boating murderers, Harriet must now travel the waterways of England with Sergeant Cribb and colleagues. Like many others on the river, it appears the suspects are duplicating the adventures of Jerome K. Jerome's famous "Three Men In A Boat (to say nothing of the dog)" and so must their pursuers. Speaking as a devotee of Agatha Christie, Rex Stout, Ellery Queen and the like, I found the book to move at a leisurely pace, like the river itself. I had half the murder solved before the middle of the book, which I must admit made the remainder of the book a bit of a slog... although there was an unexpected twist related to motive. Lovesey certainly doesn't take the subject too seriously, which is a relief, so it's an enjoyable read - just a wee bit slower than I'd prefer. My hardcover edition was 186 pages.

  10. 5 out of 5

    stormhawk

    A young teacher-in-training and fan of Geography out taking a forbidden midnight swim and unexpectedly becomes a witness to a crime. The story wends along the backwaters and main channels of the Thames, with Sgt. Cribb, the stalwart Constable Thackery, and Miss Harriet Shaw boating in search of the murderers of a tramp. The story, happily, takes some unexpected turns, and nothing is quite as it seems it should be. The Sergeant Cribb mysteries are some of my favoriates, and I have been overjoyed A young teacher-in-training and fan of Geography out taking a forbidden midnight swim and unexpectedly becomes a witness to a crime. The story wends along the backwaters and main channels of the Thames, with Sgt. Cribb, the stalwart Constable Thackery, and Miss Harriet Shaw boating in search of the murderers of a tramp. The story, happily, takes some unexpected turns, and nothing is quite as it seems it should be. The Sergeant Cribb mysteries are some of my favoriates, and I have been overjoyed at SoHo's reprintings!

  11. 5 out of 5

    Marfita

    A boat of men mimicking Jerome K. Jerome's trip in Three Men In a Boat are on a murdering spree. A young woman from a teaching college breaks a rule just once, going skinny-dipping with two other students more used to naughtiness, and becomes a witness. Sgt. Cribb and constables Hardy and Thackery don flannel bags and paddle down the river in hot pursuit. This was also a memorable tv show. Just the right mix of humor, titillation, and suspense! A boat of men mimicking Jerome K. Jerome's trip in Three Men In a Boat are on a murdering spree. A young woman from a teaching college breaks a rule just once, going skinny-dipping with two other students more used to naughtiness, and becomes a witness. Sgt. Cribb and constables Hardy and Thackery don flannel bags and paddle down the river in hot pursuit. This was also a memorable tv show. Just the right mix of humor, titillation, and suspense!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Josephine

    Liked it better after I'd read more of a) Lovesey's work and b) more mysteries from that era c) to say nothing of Jerome K. Jerome's book. A far cry from the Inspector Diamond series, or the Bertie quartet, but enjoyable. Liked it better after I'd read more of a) Lovesey's work and b) more mysteries from that era c) to say nothing of Jerome K. Jerome's book. A far cry from the Inspector Diamond series, or the Bertie quartet, but enjoyable.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jaimie

    all of the Sgt. Cribb novels are fun, but this one is my favorite. I love the sense of humor.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Stig

    A fun read about murder on the Thames with a nice three-men-in-a-boat theme and a bit of romance thrown in for good measure. I should like to see the tv production of this if I can find it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Helen

    3 men in a boat, to say nothing of Sgt Cribb!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Anne

    Jaimie and David introduced me to Peter Lovesey. Thanks, guys!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Carl

    The connection to Three Men in a Boat was a fun twist.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alice

    Loved this with the tie-in to Three Men in a Boat. Great fun and well written as are all his books.

  19. 5 out of 5

    David

    just a perfect little mystery set in victorian england's countryside, my introduction to the Cribb mysteries, so much fun i had to give it 5 stars! just a perfect little mystery set in victorian england's countryside, my introduction to the Cribb mysteries, so much fun i had to give it 5 stars!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Jo

  21. 4 out of 5

    Stephen J Tidy

  22. 5 out of 5

    rabbitprincess

  23. 5 out of 5

    Christianne Brawley

  24. 4 out of 5

    Ann

  25. 5 out of 5

    Anne Fisher

  26. 4 out of 5

    Delores Alger

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cyber

  28. 5 out of 5

    Yabooklover

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mary J

  30. 5 out of 5

    Cori North

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