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A miniature painting of a mermaid drawn in bat’s blood is taking the art world by storm. Why was it adrift at sea in a bottle, a coded message etched in the glass? Who painted it and why? 

It is up to Larry Settlebottom, a sheltered museum curator, to decipher the riddle. His adventures take him to Mexico and beyond as he encounters modern-day pirates, corrupted oceanographers, and a band of romantic sea gypsies, all leading him to a remote island where madness, death, and art live together.

©2019 Barry James Hickey (P)2019 Barry James Hickey

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  • Jenifer Norris
  • 29-05-19


The book seemed to he predictable. Audio quality had background noises in it. Story was interesting enough, but characters could have been fleshed out a little more, for me.