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Summary

London, 1812: When the crew of the Solander, a ship carrying rare specimens of plant from the paradise island of Otaheite, are found dead, their faces twisted into hideous expressions, Detective Charles Horton is put in charge of the investigation. It becomes clear that this is a mystery that began near the foot of great Tahiti Nui, in the shadow of a dead volcano, beneath the eyes of unforgiving ancient gods.

©2013 Lloyd Shepherd (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd

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Depth to the characters

This is a great 'listen' there is lots of depth to the characters and there are contrasting scenes and settings that really come alive. The narrator is good making use of dramatic narration to separate speech. Worth a go.

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  • Mark
  • Enfield, United Kingdom
  • 22-11-14

so real I could smell the london steets

Would you listen to The Poisoned Island again? Why?

I only listen to a book once even if its brilliant

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Poisoned Island?

the description of east london and the docks

Which scene did you most enjoy?

the discovery of the bodies

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

it made me feel that I am glad I live now not then

Any additional comments?

Lloyd Shepherd is a wonderful story teller

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Iain
  • Altrincham, United Kingdom
  • 23-07-14

crime novel or supernatural drama?

Would you try another book written by Lloyd Shepherd or narrated by Steven Crossley?

Maybe.

Any additional comments?

This novel is not too sure whether it wants to be a crime novel or a supernatural drama. The main detective is set up as a innovator of new forensic techniques, but stumbles around practising little technique and discovering very little. Some of the supernatural elements feel a bit out of place, and the ending was disappointing. Felt like a novel that was not too sure what it wanted to be, and was rather slow going at times, but I did listen to the end.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful