Blue Water: the Instant Times Bestseller (Laurence Jago)

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Blue Water: the Instant Times Bestseller (Laurence Jago)

Blue Water: the Instant Times Bestseller (Laurence Jago)

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With short chapters and a story that had me hooked from the get go, I found this to be a fairly quick read.

Never knowing who to trust, and always suspecting someone, Jago tries his best to discover which of his fellow shipmates has the most incentive to steal the treaty and, dare we say it, commit murder to get their hands on it! 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.

I was also surprised when I read the author's note at the end and saw that some parts of the plot were based on historical fact, although the details have been added to and embellished using the author's imagination! My Lord, affairs aboard this ship have gone worse than I could ever have imagined when I accepted your commission. No albatrosses shadowing them though a cormorant plays an interesting role when it settles in the ship’s riggings.

The treaty has disappeared, and several of Jago’s fellow passengers, who include French aristocrats fleeing la Terreur, an American plantation owner and a mysterious Irish actor with a dancing bear in tow, appear to have motives for stealing it.History is being rewritten, too, and the Orwellian Ministry of Culture subjects people to mind-control techniques such as unlearning. And, in switching the setting for her second book, Leonora Nattrass takes them out of their comfort zone and has them all at sea, in every sense.

SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA HISTORICAL DAGGER AWARD **** AN INSTANT TIMES BESTSELLER ** ** A FINANCIAL TIMES BOOK OF THE YEAR **'A TRULY GRIPPING READ' - GUARDIAN'FABULOUS, A DELIGHT' - S. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Apart from a few glimpses of Madeira and then Praia, capital of Cape Verde, the whole story unfolds aboard the Tankerville and we are given lots of insights into life during a long sea voyage. With President Eisenhower due to pay his first state visit, Rose, who had a hand in the assassination of “the Leader” a couple of years earlier and is surprised to be still at liberty, is tasked with meeting Queen Wallis for a background briefing.War Office official Mr Jenkinson, also on board the Tankerville, has offered to hide the Treaty in a safe place, but when he is found dead and the papers disappear Jago realises it’s up to him to find them and prevent them from falling into French hands. I’ve mentioned before that I’m a sucker for a hapless hero and John Jags has very little hap but in this book he’s surpassed in this by a bear cub!

Whilst I really enjoyed 'Black Drop' I feel that this novel shows Nattrass really hitting her stride. Set during a voyage from Britain to Philadelphia in 1975, we follow Mr Jago on a hunt to find the Treaty between the Brits and Americans that has gone missing aboard their ship. This is a book that tends to scud along like a well trimmed trader, though I occasionally found myself in the doldrums due to the sheer number of characters in play. Leonora Nattrass studied eighteenth-century literature and politics, and spent ten years lecturing in English and publishing works on William Cobbett.To all intents and purposes travelling as assistant to the exuberant journalist William Philpott, Jago's real mission is to aid the civil servant carrying a vital treaty – one that will prevent the Americans from joining with the French in the war against Britain – to Congress.

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