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The Grave Tattoo

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The Grave Tattoo

Current Status:
In Season
Val McDermid
St. Martin's Minotaur
Nonfiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C+

Scholar Jane Gresham may be on the verge of finding a lost Wordsworth epic recounting the mutiny on the Bounty in Val McDermid’s thriller The Grave Tattoo. If only Jane were more discreet; she tells everyone who’ll listen why she’s so certain the poem exists. What little tension can be found in this dull, workmanlike thriller comes from thinly drawn baddies who want a piece of the action. McDermid also throws in a corpse in a bog that may be Fletcher Christian’s, a first-person account of the mutiny, and a teenage girl on the run from a horrific, unrelated crime. By the time the novel finally starts sailing in the last 50 pages, you’re ready to throw it overboard.