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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

Critic reviews

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

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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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Different approach for Val

A different perspective as the main hero is not a detective looking at the crimes, but a literary searcher. Of course well plotted and good characters. Very enjoyable.

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had to keep listing

enjoyed this book, easy to follow, it's just it all comes very quickly at the end

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Identity fraud?

Can this really be Val McDermid ? Never been know to fail . . . . but really not up to standard. Unsympathetic characters with carved from stone dialogue . Really had no interest in any of them and not bothered about their fates. Maybe a reissue of a very early work? Certainly reads like one

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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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  • David
  • BELFAST, United Kingdom
  • 18-10-16

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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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
  • 15-08-16

couldn't stop listening

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

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Different but very good

After reading the whole Carol Jordan/tony hill series I was really looking forward to another val McDermid novel and couldn’t believe how different this was, but equally enjoyable. Nice twist on a thriller. Narrator good but her Cumbrian accent kept slipping into a Geordie accent.

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It was OK, just not my cup of tea

Book more of a woman's book, it was OK just not my cup of tea. The authors Tony Hill and Carol Jordan books are much better.