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The Grave Tattoo

The Grave Tattoo

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The intrigue is in working out who is really helping Jane and who is using her to lead them to the manuscript. When torrential summer rains uncover a bizarrely tattooed body on a Lake District hillside, old wives’ tales also come swirling to the surface. Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). Edgy and atmospheric and full of tension and treachery, The Grave Tattoo is an historian's delight, a fascinating mix of genealogy and genetics as McDermid's compelling narrative effortlessly hops from the past to present, tossing bits of information around about the legend of Fletcher Christian as she entwines an exciting tale of English history, family secrets and deception lurking in places where you least expect it. Jane’s efforts to find a record of these events in a lost epic by the great poet attracts some unsavory characters to Fellhead, including her ex-boyfriend (now the agent of an unscrupulous dealer in rare manuscripts), a fugitive suspect in a London murder case and a killer whose motives are less than academic.

Of course, if the poem had been published in Wordsworth's lifetime, Christian would have been apprehended and summarily hanged. Jane (like Christian, a native of Fellhead) hopes to prove the local legend that he escaped from Pitcairn Island and made his way back to England, also validating her own theory that he confided the true story of his ill-fated adventures to his onetime schoolmate, William Wordsworth. Here's the thing: I read McDermid's A Place of Execution and thought it was an astoundingly brilliant mystery.

The mounting evidence of ever more and ever worse skulduggery will pull Tempe deeper and deeper down what even she sees as a rabbit hole before she confronts a ringleader implicated in “Drugs. No sooner have Jane and her coterie of supporters devised a theory about where these memoirs could possibly have gone, then elderly people, interviewed by Jane, start dying. It is not a storyline with a few details fleshing it out because every scene is built upon with attitude that makes you feel as though you are living the story. John March, a private eye proud to be the black sheep in a staid family of merchant bankers, narrates in the cool voice of someone who knows his way around the trendier enclaves of NoLita, including the boutique hotel where his married brother David has been having illicit sex with a woman he knows only as Wren.

A body is found in the peat bogs there while she ekes out a living teaching and studying in London and she makes the connection that it could be the body of Christian Fletcher of Bounty fame. Even when the history is only partially based on fact, it is a well known enough story that most would recognize the bones of it and its possible importance to the unveiling of even new facets of this past that makes it so much fun. Regardless of that I love the tattoos the quality of them definitely outweighs the tiny little personal gripe I have with the size of two of them.In The Grave Tattoo, there seemed more flexibility of offering a more outlandish plot, and it worked.

In attempting to provide a grand and sweeping theory with a grand and sweeping story it did seem to fall a little flat on occasion. So when I saw this one at the library a few days ago, I knew I probably woudn't love it, but I wanted something not-too-weighty to get me through the weekend. It’s a slow moving historical fiction yarn and by no means a thriller though it certainly has its share of dead bodies and a few side plots and so many possible suspects. University professor and scholar Jane Gresham goes to the Lake District to explore a rumored Wordsworth manuscript containing a poem which may be worth millions. This superb novel should make Gold Dagger-nominee McDermid's reputation and bring her new readers in droves.She does so by inducing a series of serial killings so contrived that you have to wonder why she even tried. After summer rains uncover a corpse bearing tattoos like those of eighteenth-century seafarers, many residents of the English Lake District can’t help but wonder whether it’s the body of one of the town’s most legendary fugitives. I don't know how many people know about Fletcher Cristian and the mutiny on the Bounty, but I'm inclined to argue that it's famous enough in England to make Blyth the fifth or sixth most famous naval captain in English history (behind Scott, Cook, Wellington, Shackleton and Nelson).

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