Blue Water - Laurence Jago (Paperback)Leonora Nattrass (author)
Nattrass once more combines page-turning detective fiction with eighteenth-century political intrigue, as accidental sleuth Laurence Jago finds himself trapped aboard a mail ship with a murderer.
Waterstones Thriller of the Month for February 2023
Longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year 2023
This is the secret report of Laurence Jago. Ex-clerk. Unwilling spy. Reluctant sailor. Accidental detective.
New Year 1795, and Laurence Jago is aboard the Tankerville mail ship, en route to Philadelphia. Ostensibly travelling as assistant to the irrepressible journalist William Philpott, Laurence's real mission is to aid the civil servant carrying a vital treaty to Congress. A treaty that will prevent the Americans from joining with the French in the war against Britain.
However, when the civil servant meets an unfortunate - and supposedly accidental - end and the treaty disappears, Laurence realises only he can now prevent war with the US. Trapped on the ship with travellers including two penniless French aristocrats, an Irish actress and a dancing bear, Laurence must hunt down both the lost treaty and the murderer, before he has a tragic 'accident' himself.
Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 314 g
Dimensions: 196 x 128 x 30 mm
A satisfying nautical mystery - The Times
Will have you hooked from start to finish - Metro
Intrigue, tension, memorable characters and shipboard life depicted in all its reeking authenticity add up to a truly gripping read - Guardian
A fine adventure reminiscent of the Patrick O'Brian novels - Sunday Times
Fabulous... A delight. Nattrass again and again had me wondering at her skill and marvellous turn of phrase in filtering complex eighteenth-century history in a way that resonates with our own times - S. G. MacLean, author of THE SEEKER
A perfect storm of historical intrigue, bloody mystery and heart-stopping tension! An eighteenth century whodunnit on a ship, with a bear, a dog and a set of tarot cards. What absolutely top-sail rollicking entertainment - Janice Hallett, author of THE APPEAL
Luscious prose, an immersive setting, and a fine eye for detail. A nautical mystery with serious historical heft - Vaseem Khan, author of MIDNIGHT AT MALABAR HOUSE
I admired Black Drop. I loved Blue Water. Even more welcome than an extra rum ration on Christmas Day, and slips down just as easily - Robert Lloyd, author of THE BLOODLESS BOY
Danger and mystery trapped inside a rocking barrel, far from home. Artful and authentic historical fiction at its best - A.J. West, author of THE SPIRIT ENGINEER
I absolutely loved this book. Full of intrigue and excitement with a brilliantly-realised cast of characters and a totally immersive setting, it's a superb historical thriller - Philippa East, author of LITTLE WHITE LIES
Ingenious and deftly plotted with a pleasing cast of characters. Nattrass's nautical detail is most effective, never overplayed and just as satisfying as any of the C.S. Foresters I adored in my olden days. A hugely enjoyable read - Alix Nathan, author of THE WARLOW EXPERIMENT
A compelling locked room murder-mystery filled with an exquisitely drawn cast of eccentric characters. A wonderful historical naval adventure which keeps the reader guessing right to the final pages - Louise Fein, author of PEOPLE LIKE US
I loved this rip-roaring tale of murder and intrigue on the high seas. A locked-ship mystery, and a cracking sequel to the brilliant Black Drop - Trevor Wood, author of THE MAN IN THE STREET
Beautifully written, immaculately plotted and filled with more red herrings than the Atlantic, it takes readers on a thrilling voyage of murder and mystery. If Patrick O'Brian & Agatha Christie had ever got it together... - Kate Griffin, author of FYNESHADE
Leonora Nattrass has woven an incredible novel against an incredible backdrop. It's a real art to combine history and intrigue and yet she has delivered it - again - with such skill - Liv Matthews, author of THE PRANK
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