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The Devil and the Dark Water

Narrated by: Julian Rhind-Tutt
Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
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Summary

Bloomsbury presents The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton, read by Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Selected for the BBC Two Book Club Between the Covers and the Radio 2 Jo Whiley Book Club.

Shortlisted for The Books Are My Bag Fiction Award.

An impossible murder

A remarkable detective duo

A demon who may or may not exist

It’s 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world’s greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to Amsterdam, where he is facing trial and execution for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent, while also on board are Sara Wessel, a noble woman with a secret, and her husband, the governor general of Batavia.

But no sooner is their ship out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A strange symbol appears on the sail. A dead leper stalks the decks. Livestock are slaughtered in the night. And then the passengers hear a terrible voice whispering to them in the darkness, promising them three unholy miracles. First: an impossible pursuit. Second: an impossible theft. Third: an impossible murder. Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent and Sara can solve a mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board....

From the author of the dazzling The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award, comes an audacious and original new high concept murder mystery.

©2020 Stuart Turton (P)2020 Bloomsbury Publishing Plc

Critic reviews

"If you read one book this year, make sure it’s this one." (Daily Mail)

"A superb historical mystery: inventive, twisty, addictive and utterly beguiling.... A TRIUMPH." (Will Dean) 

"A glorious mash-up of William Golding and Arthur Conan Doyle." (Val McDermid)

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Turton does it again!

Another excellent read! loved this story! Great Plot, and good mystery method. Managed to solve the who this time, but the method was still so well interwoven that I still fell for some of the traps. just what I needed. looking forward to his next book

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Brilliant book, beautifully read.

Genuinely gripping, excellent character development and a banging plot that will keep you on the edge of your seat right to the end. Cannot recommend this highly enough. Mr Rhind-Tutt does an exceptional job of reading, distinctive characterisations and a real feel for the narrative, one of the best I've heard on Audible.

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Slowly draws you in

Great characters that you care about and a gripping story. Is it supernatural or not... loved the narration as well. Cannot wait for the next book by Stuart Turton having read/listened to The seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle as well. Will also find more by this narrator - highly recommend.

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Fantastic

I am a huge fan of the 7 Death of Evelyn Hardcastle and had been looking forward to this for months. The Devil and the Dark Water is less complex and more consistently paced than 7 deaths even better than I had hoped. The first book in a long time I found myself finding excuses to listen to outside of my normal routine.

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Good book, well researched

It’s a good book, well researched, a bit slow to get going but quite gripping once underway. I bought it on the back of The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle which was awe inspiring in its complexity of plot. This one is very different. I think this author may suffer from having all future books compared to his first. But then, I compare other authors’ work against The Seven Deaths and they don’t compare either.