The Grave Tattoo

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Macmillan, Feb 6, 2007 - Fiction - 400 pages
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In The Grave Tattoo, suspense master Val McDermid spins a psychological thriller in which a present-day murder has its roots in the eighteenth century and the mutiny on the H.M.S. Bounty.

After torrential summer rains uncover a bizarrely tattooed body on a Lake District hillside, long discarded old wives' tales takes on a chilling new plausibility. 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--a poem that remained hidden lest it expose Wordsworth to the gallows for harboring a fugitive. 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. But as she pursues each new lead, death follows hard on her heels. Suddenly Jane is at the heart of a 200-year-old mystery that still has the power to put lives on the line. Against the dramatic backdrop of England's Lake District a drama of life and death plays out, its ultimate prize a bounty worth millions.


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exciting with a good ending - i didn't see it coming. - Goodreads
Not quite up to McDermid's usual fine writing. - Goodreads
great read with a clever plot - Goodreads
Cool premise behind it. - Goodreads
Bad language, predictable dialogue and ending. - Goodreads
An interesting premise, though. - Goodreads

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Interesting read... liked the "Bounty" tie ins, a bit flat for an ending. Read full review

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User Review  - Cara Gee - Goodreads

Amazing book! First Val McDermid I've read and I just stumbled across it! brilliant gripping story! Read full review

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Val McDermid was a journalist for sixteen years and is now a full-time writer living in South Manchester. In 1995, she won the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year for The Mermaids Singing. Her novel A Place of Execution won a Los Angeles Times Book Prize, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel, and named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

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