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The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid
  

The Grave Tattoo

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Val McDermid is the winner of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award 2010, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing.

Shortlisted for the Crime Thriller of the Year Award at the Galaxy British Book Awards 2008.

Val McDermid's latest riveting crime thriller, The Grave Tattoo is very different to much of her previous work; it is no less riveting but it has a truly huge breadth and depth of canvas, which she has pulled off with great aplomb. Fletcher Christian was the man responsible for seizing command of the Bounty from Bligh in 1789 and his death on Pitcairn island has never been truly confirmed and did he in fact die in his beloved Lake District? Christian was distantly related to William Wordsworth, and was an old school friend of the poet and this forms the basis for a superb psychological thriller in which a present-day murder and a Wordsworth manuscript have their routes in the eighteenth century and the mutiny. When a tattooed body is found half-preserved in the brackish water of a peat bog local Wordsworth scholar Jane Gresham jumps at the chance to investigate. We feel The Grave Tattoo will be thoroughly enjoyed by her existing fan base but also be enjoyed equally by those who thrive on finding clues as well weaving historical investigative work with the present.

If you like Val McDermid you might also like to read books by Mark Billingham, Fred Vargas and Jonathan Holt.

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Synopsis

The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid

When torrential summer rains uncover a bizarrely tattooed body on a Lake District hillside, old wives' tales also come swirling to the surface. For centuries Lakelanders have whispered that Fletcher Christian staged the massacre on Pitcairn so that 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 – a poem that remained hidden lest it expose Wordsworth to the gallows for harbouring a fugitive.

Wordsworth specialist Jane Gresham, herself a native of the Lake District, feels compelled to discover once and for all whether the manuscript ever existed – 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-old mystery that still has the power to put lives on the line. Against the dramatic backdrop of England's Lake District a drama of life and death plays out, its ultimate prize a bounty worth millions.

Reviews

'An irresistible combination of contemporary psychological thriller and historical mystery'
Tess Gerritsen

'Cunning and gripping... A substantially entertaining novel which grips the reader's interest from the first page until the final deeply satisfying sentence'
Express

'Trying to solve a 200-year-old mystery becomes increasingly lethal and readable'
Mirror

'One of the world's leading mystery writers...Thomas Harris crossed with Agatha Christie, if you will... A great read. England's heritage history has never been so chilling'
Observer

'Safe for the squeamish... one of her best'
Literary Review

About the Author

Val McDermid

Val McDermid is a No. 1 bestseller whose novels have been translated into more than thirty languages, and have sold over eleven million copies. She has won many aw ards internationally, including the CWA Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year and the LA Times Book of the Year Award. She was inducted into the ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards Hall of Fame in 2009 and w as the recipient of the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger for 2010. In 2011 she received the Lambda Literary Foundation Pioneer Award. She writes full time and divides her time between Cheshire and Edinburgh.

In 2016 Val was awarded the Theakston Old Peculier Outstanding Contribution to Crime Fiction Award. McDermid said: “It's an honour and a thrill to receive this award. The community of writers and readers at the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival is unlike any other in its warmth and generosity and so this means a huge amount to me. This year sees the publication of my 30th novel and I can't think of a better way to celebrate that.”

In 2010 she received the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, which honours outstanding achievement in the field of crime writing. Margaret Murphy, then chair of the CWA, said: "The CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger award acknowledges the work of an author who has made an outstanding contribution to the genre. Val McDermid is a worthy winner whose work has entertained and thrilled millions of readers as well as many more who have enjoyed the TV adaptations her books have inspired."

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Publication date

4th March 2010

Author

Val McDermid

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Publisher

Harpercollins Publishers

Format

Paperback (a Format)
560 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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Crime / Mystery
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ISBN

9780007344604

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