The Grave Tattoo

The Grave Tattoo

A Novel

Book - 2006
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When torrential summer rains uncover a bizarrely tattooed bodyon a Lake District hillside, old wives' tales come swirling to the surface.For centuries Lakelanders have whispered that Fletcher Christian, infamous Bountymutineer, staged the massacre on Pitcairn Island so 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--one kept hidden lest it exposeWordsworth to the gallows for harbouring a fugitive.

Wordsworth specialist Jane Gresham, herself a native of the LakeDistrict, feels compelled to discover once and for all if the manuscript everexisted--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-oldmystery that continues to put lives on the line. Against the dramatic backdropof England's Lake District a drama of life and death plays out, its ultimateprize a bounty worth millions.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2006.
ISBN: 9780002006668
0002006669
9780006391593
Characteristics: 467 p.

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TechWriter1
Aug 06, 2016

An OK read. It bordered on being a bit of a potboiler but I stuck with it.

plush32 Oct 04, 2014

Excellent story, interesting and varied characters, wonderfully well written.
I found the historical and literary connections intriguing and was entertained all the way through.

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Liselara
Aug 21, 2013

This was an interesting (but convoluted) read but the problem here is that it's hard to discern was is factual and what is made up. I had no idea that "Mutiny on the Bounty" was historical but this is one of those stories where "things may or may not have happened". I found it very frustrating, especially the end.

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WMP
Aug 31, 2011

Fairly good book. Hard to get into at start. A little too much reference to literary works and authors for my liking which detracted from the story as many of the references I was not aware of.

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