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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. ~ Sarah Broadhurst

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Synopsis

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?

Reviews

'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 masterpiece of fine detail and intense reimagining.' -- Christobel Kent THE GUARDIAN

'This tale of ghost ships, mystery writers and seances is dripping with atmosphere' THE TIMES

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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Book Info

Publication date

4th June 2015

Author

Valerie Martin

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Author's Website

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Publisher

Weidenfeld & Nicolson an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Historical Fiction
Literary Fiction
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Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781780226217

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