A Watery Grave
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A Watery Grave

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The year is 1838, and after more than ten years in the planning, the famous United States Exploring Expedition is set to launch into uncharted waters from the coast of Virginia. A convoy of seven ships filled with astronomers, mapmakers, naturalists, and the sailors charged with getting them around the world, the "Ex. Ex." is finally underway, with much fanfare. Aboard the convoy as ship's linguist is Wiki Coffin. Half New Zealand Maori and half American, Wiki speaks numerous languages and is expected to help the crew navigate the Pacific islands that are his native heritage. But just before departure Wiki, subject to the unfortunate bigotry of the time, is arrested for a vicious murder he didn't commit. The convoy sails off, but just before the ships are out of reach Wiki is exonerated, set free to catch up with his ship and sail on. The catch: the local sheriff is convinced that the real murderer is aboard one of the seven ships of the expedition, and Wiki is deputized to identify the killer and bring him to justice.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 304 pages
  • 137.2 x 208.3 x 20.3mm | 272.16g
  • Minotaur Books,US
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0312334427
  • 9780312334420
  • 1,788,144

About Joan Druett

Joan Druett, an award-winning nautical nonfiction writer, is also the author of "In the Wake of Madness: The Murderous Voyage of the Whaleship Sharon." She lives in New Zealand.

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Evoking writers from Melville to Patrick O'Brian, and incorporating fascinating snippets of historical and anthropological lore, this novel is a fine start to a series sure to appeal to lovers of historical mysteries and fans of sea adventures. "Publishers Weekly""

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