Val McDermid’s Grave Tattoo

Thanks to Mystery Book Club at the Milford-Miami Township Branch, I had the pleasure of rereading the winner of the 2006 Portico Prize for Fiction, The Grave Tattoo by Val McDermid.  The book begins with an unusually heavy spring rains that uncover a body covered with tattoos similar to those 18th century seafarers received in the south Pacific.    Residents of the English Lake District think that it is Fletcher Christian who was a childhood friend the poet William Wordsworth.  Many believe that Christian escaped Pitcairn after the infamous mutiny on the HMS Bounty, traveled to England, and was able to tell Wordsworth his side of the story.  Jane Gresham, a William Wordsworth expert, goes to the Lake District to find the lost manuscript written by Wordsworth.  While searching for the manuscript, Jane becomes embroiled in a modern day mystery.  This book was one of the best literary thrillers that I have read.  If you get a chance to read this one, we will be meeting to discuss it on March 15.  Here are a few other literary thrillers that I would recommend.

The Rule of Four by Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova

The Dante Club by Matthew Pearl

The Book of Air and Shadows by Michael Gruber

Interred with Their Bones by Jennifer Lee Carrell

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