The Poisoned Island

The Poisoned Island

A Novel

Book - 2013
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A brilliant young police officer discovers a series of bizarre deaths are connected to the cargo of a research vessel bound for Kew Gardens in this fantasy-tinged historical thriller set in early nineteenth-century London.

Tahiti 1769. English sailors arrive on the shores of the Polynesian paradise-- a place of staggering beauty where magic and ancient myths still hold sway. But they soon devastate the island with disease, war, and death, planting deadly seeds that will be carried back to England forty years later.

London 1812. On a gray June morning, the Solander docks, her hold containing hundreds of exotic plants from Tahiti for the King's Gardens at Kew. The apparently successful expedition soon takes a horrifying-- and inexplicable--turn: The crew of the Solander starts dying one by one. Thames River Police Chief Charles Horton can find no signs of murder or suicide to explain the deaths, and the ship's surviving crew seems intent on hampering his investigation. When one of the plants begins to show frightening changes, it is up to Charles Horton to determine how it might be stopped.
Publisher: New York : Atria Books, ©2013.
Edition: First Washington Square Press trade paperback edition.
ISBN: 9781476712864
Characteristics: 409 pages ;,21 cm.


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Apr 15, 2015

I liked the historical setting in this book which I found very interesting. There were lots of little twists and turns in the story. It is the type of book that requires you to fit together the different pieces of the story which makes for an engaging read.

Feb 26, 2015

A fantastic book. I have read the other two by Lloyd Shepherd and they were equally as good. His command of the English language is phenomenal, as is his imagination. I just had to keep reading!!

Jun 30, 2013

A fantastic mix of the supernatural and history. A mystery that kept you guessing to the end. Would definitely recommend.

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