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The Grave Tattoo Audiobook

The Grave Tattoo

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"Absorbing modern mystery." (Times)
"An irresistible combination of contemporary psychological thriller and historical mystery." (Tess Gerritsen)

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    yelsel 26/11/2016
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    "Thoroughly absorbing"

    Great idea, well executed. Narration of the characters voices was convincing and this really allowed you to get involved in the intriguing story.

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    Annie 25/10/2016
    Annie 25/10/2016

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    "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.

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    David BELFAST, United Kingdom 18/10/2016
    David BELFAST, United Kingdom 18/10/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "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

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    shaesmommy 09/10/2016
    shaesmommy 09/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

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    angie 06/10/2016
    angie 06/10/2016 Member Since 2005

    Member for over 9 years… Have Laughed, Cried , Wept and Learnt

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    "Good read with engaging naration."

    Good read and the narrator had great pace and emotion. Didn't get the twist at the end !

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    Bundoodragon 03/09/2016
    Bundoodragon 03/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Disappointing"

    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.

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    Lotus PERTH, United Kingdom 30/08/2016
    Lotus PERTH, United Kingdom 30/08/2016 Member Since 2009
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    "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

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    lucy Little Baddow, United Kingdom 28/08/2016
    lucy Little Baddow, United Kingdom 28/08/2016 Member Since 2013

    Just in my sixties and have recently moved to a cottage in the country. I was an avid book reader until a few years ago,.

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    "Brilliant"

    Couldn't put it down, unusual but a really great 'read', would highly recommend this book

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    diana ricketts 20/08/2016
    diana ricketts 20/08/2016
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    "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.












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    Anne Oldham, United Kingdom 15/08/2016
    Anne Oldham, United Kingdom 15/08/2016 Member Since 2011
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    "couldn't stop listening"

    great plot . Lots of twists and turns keeping the listener interested. Would like to hear more about Jayne Gresham...

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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