Joan Druett
A Watery Grave
February 20, 2019 Comments.. 924
A Watery Grave The year is and after 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 fill

  • Title: A Watery Grave
  • Author: Joan Druett
  • ISBN: 9780312334420
  • Page: 393
  • Format: Paperback
  • The year is 1838, and after 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 theThe year is 1838, and after 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 Full of the evocative maritime detail and atmosphere that have won her numerous awards for her nonfiction, Joan Druett s A Watery Grave is the mystery debut of a masterful maritime writer.

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    1. Alger says:

      A silly premise bound in weak meandering prose. The essence of A Watery Grave is a 19th century version of the stock rogue cop/detective locked room/train procedural, which of itself is perfectly fine. However, what I require of an author who faithfully and un-ironically recycles an Agatha Christie novel is that they bother to make it their own. Druett hardly seems to make the effort beyond a very thin premise, and instead of building a story she piles stuff up and hopes we don't notice that it [...]

    2. Craig Sisterson says:

      Maritime expert Joan Druett provides readers with an engaging mix of classic mystery and colourful seafaring adventure in a unique mystery to launch her popular Wiki Coffin series.In the ocean of mystery fiction, it can be hard for an author, no matter how talented, to stand out. Druett manages to create something enjoyably unique in A WATERY GRAVE, both in her evocation of the nineteenth century maritime setting, and her creation of a fabulous protagonist, Wiki Coffin.It is 1838, and part-New Z [...]

    3. Stina says:

      Book #6 for 2011.This historical mystery provided some fascinating background on this nation's early efforts at scientific research and exploration as well as seagoing life during that era. It was clear from her straightforward prose style that Druett was an experienced nonfiction writer, but I was relieved that she did not succumb to the tendency to provide occasional info dumps for the reader's edification. Instead she worked the exposition into the narrative fairly smoothly. I was also reliev [...]

    4. V.E. Ulett says:

      After reading The Beckoning Ice, the fifth book in Druett’s Wiki Coffin mystery series, I wanted to begin at the beginning with A Watery Grave. The U.S. Exploring Expedition ships are finally on the brink of sailing, after much political and military delay, when the wife of a prominent man and one of the expedition’s astronomers is murdered. Wiki is at the scene of discovery of the woman’s body, and is briefly accused in the killing. A savvy sheriff thinks differently and recruits Wiki Cof [...]

    5. Susan says:

      A Watery Grave by Joan Druett is the first book of the Wiki Coffin mystery series set during the United States Exploring Expedition, 1838-1842. The expedition is an actual historic event; the author has added a seventh ship and fictional characters to populate her mysteries. Wiki Coffin is half Maori, half American (his seagoing father met his mother in New Zealand). In Virginia before the expedition sets sail, Wiki is thought to be a "South Seas barbarian", and is arrested for a crime he did no [...]

    6. Tory Wagner says:

      A Watery Grave by Joan Druett is the first in a series featuring Wiki Coffin, a linguist who is part of the United States Exploring Expedition of 1838. This nautical mystery focuses on the murder of a young woman and Wiki is initially a suspect, but then is deputized to solve the mystery. Most of the story takes place on a fleet of ships where Wiki must juggle his duties as a seaman with his responsibility to solve the mystery.

    7. Angela says:

      Joan Druett's A Watery Grave, the first of her historical mysteries starring Wiki Coffin, was an odd read for me. We have here what you might get if you took Patrick O'Brian, made Stephen Maturin the hero and also made him half-Maori, and threw the whole shebang over into the Mystery genre. There is much promise in this for O'Brian fans. This book, however, didn't quite deliver on that promise.The main issue I had with it was that all throughout the book, we get a whole lot of "look at all these [...]

    8. Oswego Public Library District says:

      This book has a little something for everyone. For nautical fans, A Watery Grave breaks away from the typical British vs. French model and instead focuses on the United States South Seas Exploring Expedition of 1838. For mystery fans, the protagonist Wiki Coffin is unexpectedly deputized to solve a murder among the dubious explorers. For historical fiction fans, author Joan Druett aptly portrays the expedition’s struggles and very real mismanagement, while embellishing the rich atmosphere with [...]

    9. Andrea says:

      This book has a little something for everyone. For nautical fans, A Watery Grave breaks away from the typical British vs. French model and instead focuses on the United States South Seas Exploring Expedition of 1838. For mystery fans, our protagonist Wiki Coffin is unexpectedly deputized to solve a murder among the dubious explorers. For historical fiction fans, author Joan Druett aptly portrays the expedition’s struggles and very real mismanagement, while embellishing the rich atmosphere with [...]

    10. Paula says:

      Being a major fan of Patrick O'Brian, the idea of a historical detective series set in the Age of Sail (albeit from the US perspective) was always going to appeal to me, though it's taken me till now to get my hands on this first book in the seriesOur protagonist in A Watery Grave is one Wiki Coffin, half-Maori and half-American, now a sailor on his friend's ship which is part of a planned expeditionary force. Wiki is wrongly accused of murder at the outset and then deputised to investigate, giv [...]

    11. Spuddie says:

      I started this book prepared not to like it, because it had 3 strikes against it from the start, for a historical mystery: I gleaned from the book blurb that the time period was 1830's--one of my least favorite eras--and the location as America--I am not really a fan of American historyd the fact that it's a naval mysteryt a fan of ships, again especially in this era. But the story and the main character (Wiki Coffin, a half-Maori, half-white son of an American sea captain) captured my interest [...]

    12. Donna R says:

      The United States Exploring Expedition set sail from Hampton Roads, Virginia in 1838. The author uses the expedition as a cornerstone for a series of 'whodunnits at sea'. She has conjured a seventh vessel, peopled with fictitious mariners (one of whom being Wiki Coffin - our translator and sleuth) then set it off with the fleet - Wikis first task is to identify a murderer from among the crew and scientists. For some time I have had a NF title by the same author on my TBR Island of the Lost: Ship [...]

    13. Rusty says:

      I thought that this was an enjoyable mystery with an exciting conclusion. The friendship between George Robinson and Wiki Coffin add so much to this tale. Who murdered Ophelia Stanton? That's the questions Wiki must answer. Once he determines who did the deed he must figure out how it was accomplished because the man has dozens of witnesses who swear that he was no where near the woman when she was murdered. To add even more mystery men commit suicide (or do they), disappear, and are washed to s [...]

    14. Mark Baker says:

      The first in a historical mystery series set during the US Exploration Expedition of the early 1800's. Wiki Coffin, half New Zealander half American, is hired to be a linguist. But the night before they sail, Wiki finds a boat with a dead body inside. The woman was murdered, and there is reason to believe that the killer is with the expedition, especially when another body turns up. The historic details slowed the book down at times, but on the whole I really enjoyed the story, the characters, a [...]

    15. Eric says:

      I liked this book and I didn't like this book.It feels trapped by its genre, which has unfortunately been overdone a bit by the likes of Patrick O'Brian. One of the things that the author does do to good effect is explore the role of race in early 19th century society by using a character type not often found in historical literature of that period.Worth a read. I hope you like it better than I did though.

    16. Savannah says:

      This is the first of the series I began with episode three of, and it's helpful to get the backstory. Also, it's pretty good as historical nauticalia, even if a little of the Holmesian sort of mystery where everything is solved via observation and later analytical discussion.

    17. Kgwhitehurst says:

      I gave up about a third of the way through. The protagonist was too perfect; the storyline, dull. Why did Druett have to set this story in the Chesapeake? It would've been much better in to have started this series in New Zealand. She might've been less tempted to make him a complete paragon.

    18. Jane says:

      Joan Druett always offers a fascinating and accurate ride on the high seas of the nineteenth century. Although she is an historian first, her books are never stuffy, but always full of good characters and a fast-moving plot.

    19. TheRealMelbelle says:

      Good for a summer read. I am a sucker for nautical tales. This one is good on the ship stuff but is a rather poorly written mystery by a historian. The true historical backdrop for this story is intriguing.

    20. Sandi says:

      First book in a series featuring a half New Zealand Maori/half American who sets sail with the United States South Seas Exploring Expedition in 1838. Thought this had a great premise, some interesting historical color, and a winning main character though the actual plot was a bit lacking.

    21. benjamin watson says:

      Very interesting. This book is written the way historical fiction should be. I will read more of Druett's books. Time to buy the second book.

    22. Xdw says:

      mystery from wooden ships - iron men era. ok.

    23. Mary G. says:

      So-so. Good.

    24. Terry says:

      Missing a sense of urgency.

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