The Grave Tattoo

The Grave Tattoo

by Val McDermid
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Grave Tattoo 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Growing up in Fellhead in the English Lake Country area, Jane Gresham has heard numerous times the story of Fletcher Christian escaping the massacre at Pitcairn Island and returning to England where his schoolmate William Wordsworth gave him shelter. Further word of mouth through the generations is that Wordsworth wrote an epic poem re the adventures that the mutineer related to him, but this alleged work was either hidden or lost. --- Everything suddenly changes when a corpse dated from the first half of the nineteenth century is uncovered in a nearby peat bog. The townsfolk immediately claim Fletcher has been found. Jane, a Wordsworth academic, sees an opportunity to determine whether the great poet ever did a take on Bounty mutiny and if true she wants to find the poem. Unbeknownst to the scholar is that her unprincipled former boyfriend and her acrimonious jealous brother amongst others seek the poem for personal gain with one willing to kill to succeed. --- This is a fascinating mystery with present day ¿detectives¿ seeking a potential lost nineteenth century masterpiece. The switch back and forth between the two centuries is smooth and gripping as Val McDermid shows her talent at its best. Though the killer seems ironically obvious to readers, fans who appreciate something a bit different will want to read this wonderful literary sleuthing thriller. --- Harriet Klausner
goldengirlAB More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable enough but could ahe been written by someone else. The characters not as complex and compelling as McDermid's usual cast of characters. Sorry, I'll try her next time.
GuinnessKW More than 1 year ago
The book has a premise of a historical figure that returned to the Lake Country of England and a scholars quest to find out the truth. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot with a great ending.
MELKI More than 1 year ago
Disappointed is how I feel after reading Val McDermid's book. Several story lines seem superfluous- Some characters start to catch one's interest just to blend in the background as the plot moves along (such as Dr River Wilde and Detective Ewan Rigston). There there is Jake Hartnell who becomes practically immobile. And Donna Blair, at first portrayed as tough and smart, simply dismisses her murder and arson investigation. The end feels too contrived and "too tidy" without really solving all the threads in the story. I really cannot believe it was written by McDermid who is one excellent author. Still it is a lot better than a lot of other books in the genre.
NJ3 More than 1 year ago
Slow reading. Was ok however I would be cautious recommending it to others.
miss_dobie More than 1 year ago
What can possibly be said about any of Val McDermid's stories that has not already been said? Brilliant, enthralling, captivating and beyond high quality and value.
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The combination of Lake District setting, Wordsworth writings, and Fletcher Christian mystery were enough to pull me in until the more modern mystery got my attention.
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Kivrin More than 1 year ago
Prosed was a little dense to start, but the story picked up and held my interest. Very nice historical link to Fletcher Christian. Ending was mildly surprising. Worth the read.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is an outstanding book, especially if you are interested in the romantics.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Val McDermid really brought England's Lake District to life for me. I learned so much about the Bounty,the legend surrounding the mysterious death of Fletcher Christian and an unknown work by William Wordsworth that purports to tell the truth about the circumstances surounding his death. My only negative comment would be that she inserts the subplot concerning the young girl Tenille. I found that to be distracting. Although I highly recommend this book to McDermid fans, it's a different read from the Dr. Tony Hill and Carol Jordan titles.