London, 1812: When the crew of the Solander, a ship carrying rare specimens of plant from the paradise island of Otaheite, are found dead, their faces twisted into hideous expressions, Detective Charles Horton is put in charge of the investigation. It becomes clear that this is a mystery that began near the foot of great Tahiti Nui, in the shadow of a dead volcano, beneath the eyes of unforgiving ancient gods.
©2013 Lloyd Shepherd (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
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"Depth to the characters"
This is a great 'listen' there is lots of depth to the characters and there are contrasting scenes and settings that really come alive. The narrator is good making use of dramatic narration to separate speech. Worth a go.
"crime novel or supernatural drama?"
This novel is not too sure whether it wants to be a crime novel or a supernatural drama. The main detective is set up as a innovator of new forensic techniques, but stumbles around practising little technique and discovering very little. Some of the supernatural elements feel a bit out of place, and the ending was disappointing. Felt like a novel that was not too sure what it wanted to be, and was rather slow going at times, but I did listen to the end.
"so real I could smell the london steets"
I only listen to a book once even if its brilliant
the description of east london and the docks
the discovery of the bodies
it made me feel that I am glad I live now not then
Lloyd Shepherd is a wonderful story teller
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