The Grave Tattoo

The Grave Tattoo

Book - 2006 | 1st Canadian ed.
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When summer rains uncover a body on a Lake District hillside, a local legend surfaces that Fletcher Christian staged a massacre on Pitcairn so that he could return home. Once home he told his story to his old friend William Wordsworth, who turned it into a narrative poem that he kept hidden for fear he would be accused of harbouring a fugitive. Wordsworth specialist Jane Gresham wants to discover whether the manuscript ever existed, but as she pursues each new lead, death follows hard on her heels.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, c2006.
Edition: 1st Canadian ed.
ISBN: 9780002006668
Branch Call Number: FIC McDer 3583tc 1
FIC McDer 3583ag 1
Characteristics: 467 p.


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Nov 12, 2018

I found the story itself was fairly interesting while being fully aware it was fiction based on fact; however, the ending was a huge disappointment. After reading four hundred and sixty pages and arriving at the protagonist arrested and in jail, the story suddenly jumps ahead six months without any explanation of what happened to solve the mystery and with only one line to explain who the killer was. It seemed like the writer hadn't quite figured out "who dunnit" or how to end the story. It seemed like an insult to the readers. If this was the first Val McDermid book I had read, I'm pretty sure it would also have been the last. Very disappointing.

Aug 06, 2016

An OK read. It bordered on being a bit of a potboiler but I stuck with it.

plush32 Oct 04, 2014

Excellent story, interesting and varied characters, wonderfully well written.
I found the historical and literary connections intriguing and was entertained all the way through.

Aug 21, 2013

This was an interesting (but convoluted) read but the problem here is that it's hard to discern was is factual and what is made up. I had no idea that "Mutiny on the Bounty" was historical but this is one of those stories where "things may or may not have happened". I found it very frustrating, especially the end.

Aug 31, 2011

Fairly good book. Hard to get into at start. A little too much reference to literary works and authors for my liking which detracted from the story as many of the references I was not aware of.

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