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The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd
  

The Poisoned Island

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This is a real page-turner and a great story, well-constructed and good fun. London 1812 and five sailors are murdered. They have recently returned from an expedition collecting botanic specimens in Tahiti. We then flip back to said island and discover how the Europeans have corrupted it, but the island holds a very special tree. As all good mysteries should, this travels several paths, tells several stories, all gripping. It features a strong constable and the whole thing comes together beautifully. Highly recommended as is his first, The English Monster, featuring the same constable, Horton.

If you like Lloyd Shepherd you might also like to read books by C. J. Sansom, James McGee and Susanna Clarke.

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The Poisoned Island by Lloyd Shepherd

London 1812: For forty years Britain has dreamed of the Pacific island of Tahiti, a dark paradise of bloody cults and beautiful natives. Now, decades after the first voyage of Captain Cook, a new ship returns to London, crammed with botanical specimens and, it seems, the mysteries of Tahiti. When, days after the Solander's arrival, some of its crew are found dead and their sea-chests ransacked - their throats slashed, faces frozen into terrible smiles - John Harriott, magistrate of the Thames river police, puts constable Charles Horton in charge of the investigation. But what connects the crewmen's dying dreams with the ambitions of the ship's principal backer, Sir Joseph Banks of the Royal Society? And how can Britain's new science possibly explain the strangeness of Tahiti's floral riches now growing at Kew? Horton must employ his singular methods to uncover a chain of conspiracy stretching all the way back to the foot of the great dead volcano Tahiti Nui, beneath the hungry eyes of ancient gods.

About the Author

Lloyd Shepherd is a former journalist and digital producer who has worked for the Guardian, Channel 4, the BBC and Yahoo. He lives in South London with his family.

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Publication date

7th November 2013

Author

Lloyd Shepherd

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www.lloydshepherd.com/

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Publisher

Simon & Schuster Ltd

Format

Paperback
432 pages

Categories

Action Adventure / Spy
Historical Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781471100369

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