My review of Val McDermid’s The Grave Tattoo was published in the Philadelphia Inquirer yesterday, 7 February.
From the review:
"A little-known fact about Fletcher Christian, leader of the mutiny on the Bounty, was that he was born on a farm in Cumbria, in the English Lake District, in 1764, six years before William Wordsworth, whom he probably knew.
Val McDermid’s latest novel is an inventive historical mystery taking off from these bare facts. The trigger is the discovery of a body in a Lakeland fell, a body well over 100 years old and covered with tattoos in what turn out to be all the right places. Capt. William Bligh had described Christian thus: "5 ft. 9 in. High. Dark Swarthy Complexion. Hair – Blackish or very dark brown. Make – Strong. A Star tatowed [sic] on his left Breast, and tatowed on the backside." "
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