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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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    M. Robinson Bristol, UK 07/01/2017
    M. Robinson Bristol, UK 07/01/2017 Member Since 2016

    Audiobook and radio drama addict. Parent to two young children, ostomate and children's author. Somerset, UK.

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    "Dreadful writing"

    I loved the last Val McDermid book I read, I almost can't believe this is by the same writer. Indulgent nonsense, a back story so dull - but obviously not to the author - it kept putting me to sleep. And it kept being repeated and laboured over by more and more characters having to explain it to one another! I don't know how any of them managed to convince one another it was even a vaguely likely rumour, it was clearly bollocks. I tried persevering but it was too stupid and dull. Find a better Val MacDermid book, she's usually perceptive and smart. Too wrapped up in her own fascination with history here to remember to think about character, plot, intrigue and suspense.

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    yelsel 26/11/2016
    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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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    Donna 18/02/2017
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    "learning without realising"

    it took a while for me to get into this book but I really enjoyed the history lesson within it. A good holiday read

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    misscole 20/01/2017
    misscole 20/01/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "interesting read"

    disappointed with the ending , no real climax. started off well. narrator was good and made the story interesting. like the connection to Wordsworth and the Lake District

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    CARRYN PLEDELIAC, France 26/12/2016
    CARRYN PLEDELIAC, France 26/12/2016 Member Since 2012
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    "Spoiled by the narrator"

    Maybe would have enjoyed this more if the narrative had not been appalling So bad in fact that I struggled to finish it I really like Val Mc Dermid so it was a shame I wont buy another book with this narrator

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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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    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 2017
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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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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