When torrential summer rains uncover a bizarrely tattooed body on a Lake District hillside, old wives' tales also come swirling to the surface. For centuries Lakelanders have whispered that Fletcher Christian staged the massacre on Pitcairn so that he could return home. And there he told his story to an old friend and schoolmate, William Wordsworth, who turned it into a long narrative poem.
Wordsworth specialist Jane Gresham, herself a native of the Lake District, feels compelled to discover once and for all whether the manuscript ever existed - and whether it still exists today....
©2006 Val McDermid (P)2006 W. F. Howes Ltd
"Absorbing modern mystery." (Times)
"An irresistible combination of contemporary psychological thriller and historical mystery." (Tess Gerritsen)
"I'm walking but I'm reading!"
Unfortunately the plot became ridiculous halfway through this book. Started well but I found myself scoffing with incredulity at the storyline. Not the far-fetched Mutiny of the Bounty aspect but the behaviour of the protagonist and the leniency of the Police. Disappointed as I thought Val McDermid was better than this. Don't mean to put others off, see what you think. :)
Great idea, well executed. Narration of the characters voices was convincing and this really allowed you to get involved in the intriguing story.
"The Grave Tatoo - Wycliffe In The Background!"
The story is set in The Lakes & involves myth, legend & fact!
Torrential summer rain leads to the uncovering of the body of a tattooed man on a hillside!
There had been rumours, over the years, that Fletcher Christian had returned home to The Lakes, after the massacre at Pitcairn.
All through the story and the lives of people in the present, as they develop their theories around the body, reverberates the voice of Fletcher telling his old friend and schoolmate, William Wordsworth, his true story. Wordsworth in his turn developed the story into a narrative poem.
The story also seeks to find this poem.
"Intriguing - how much is historically accurate?"
Great storyline melded into historical events and characters. Narrator's characterisation through various regional dialects is very credible. Typical Val McDermid twists and turns and well researched detail
"Gripping story with a great twist"
Loved this. Found myself listening whenever I had the chance. The narrator was excellent and it was easy to visualise while listening. I would recommend. I will be listening to more from this narrator as well as more Val McDermid.
"Good read with engaging naration."
Good read and the narrator had great pace and emotion. Didn't get the twist at the end !
I was so looking forward to this book as the combination of mystery, literature and history were my area. But it was so long and rambling, I skipped a big chunk of the Middle and jumped to the last 6 chapters. This worked fine, I didn't miss the rest at all! The narration was excellent, I would certainly listen to her readings again.
"Really enjoyed this yarn"
Having only recently started reading / listening too books by Val McDermid it makes me wonder what has taken me so long !
Really good plot on this stand alone ? novel with twists & turns that will make you drive the long way home - not the usual police orientated story line which makes a refreshing change
Couldn't put it down, unusual but a really great 'read', would highly recommend this book
"A Val McDermid special A thorough good listen."
A little slow to start but stick with it
It was a real good tale with with factual information combinned.
"couldn't stop listening"
great plot . Lots of twists and turns keeping the listener interested. Would like to hear more about Jayne Gresham...
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