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The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin

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Arthur Conan Doyle meets, on a promotional tour in America, one Violet Petra, a famed medium of the period who seems to have a connection within or to the fated ship whose passengers and crew disappeared in 1872. Violet is being pursued by a feisty journalist who is possibly attempting to expose her. These are the main protagonists to a complex tale set at a time when ghost hunting and belief in the paranormal was prevalent. It is atmospheric, absorbing and highly recommended.

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The Ghost of the Mary Celeste by Valerie Martin

A mystery unsolved to this day A mystic who confounds the cynics A writer looking for the story that will make his name A ghost ship appears in the mist. To the struggling author Arthur Conan Doyle, it is an inspiration. To Violet Petra, the gifted American psychic, it is a cruel reminder. To the death-obsessed Victorian public, it is a fascinating distraction. And to one family, tied to the sea for generations, it is a tragedy. In salons and on rough seas, at seances and in the imagination of a genius, these stories converge in unexpected ways as the mystery of the ghost ship deepens. But will the sea yield its secrets, and to whom? Intricate, atmospheric, and endlessly intriguing, The Ghost of the Mary Celeste is a spellbinding exploration of love, loss and the fictions that pass as truth.


THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE is a wonderfully ingenious novel, compelling, convincing and exciting. - John Banville

Valerie Martin is a writer of immense talent and insight. Her latest novel weaves a beautiful tale of loss, love and the connections that link us. One moment we're aboard the doomed ship, another we're in the pages of a diary, yet another we're looking at a tragedy. THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE offers readers a riveting cast and evocative prose. - Yann Martel, bestselling author of LIFE OF PI

A sly and masterly historical novel, a page-turner written with intelligence and flair... Through her ingenious weaving of fiction and fact, she both 'solves the mystery and (as one of her characters says) deepens it ... Valerie Martin never sacrifices the richness of her novel for easy answers. She's more interested in the questions. And so, then, are we. - New York Times Book Review

About the Author

Valerie Martin is the author of two collections of short fiction and six novels, including Italian Fever, The Great Divorce and Mary Reilly [the Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde story, from the viewpoint of a housemaid] which was filmed with Julia Roberts and John Malkovich. Her most recent book is a non-fiction work about St Francis of Assisi: Salvation: Scenes from the Life of St Francis. She lives in upstate New York.

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20th February 2014


Valerie Martin

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Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co


320 pages


Thriller / Suspense
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)



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