Construction of a $600 million luxury superyacht called Somnio is already underway in Norway. At 728 feet long, it will beat the current longest yacht by over a hundred feet.
The yacht will have 39 apartments, each costing $11 million. Each apartment will have its own gym, kitchen, library, and terrace. The yacht will also offer access to restaurants, bars, and an impressive wine cellar. In addition, the promised “world-class” onboard medical facilities provide added protection against future pandemics.
Even if you have the cash lying around, you can’t just buy one of the spaces—they’re available by invite only.
What happens when there’s a murder on the boat? This superyacht sounds like the perfect setting for a classic whodunit.
The detective is a young adult woman visiting their grandparents onboard. While she’s there, a solitary man in one of the other 38 apartments turns up dead at a shared dinner. He’s the wealthiest man on the ship.
The initial investigator onboard declares that the man choked on his food, but a doctor says the man shows clear signs of being poisoned. So they send the bloodwork to the lab.
Rumors swirl how the man had two mistresses onboard. So the young detective goes about discovering who they are. Both are married, bring the total suspect pool to four.
The bloodwork comes back after the yacht’s crew leaves the body at their next stop, confirming the poison in his system. Suspect five—the initial investigator. The detective overhears the staff talking about how disrespectful the dead man was to the waitstaff and how one career waitress was often subjected to his wrath. Suspect six.
Revelations about a fellow resident losing their investment in the dead man’s company, threatening his availability to even live on the yacht, reveals suspect seven.
Anyone who’s seen Knives Out and Murder Mystery should get a sense of the overall feel of the story. Lots of red herrings and false confirmations before the ultimate killer is revealed.