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From the ORANGE PRIZE-winning author, an enthralling novel about the enduring mystery of the Mary Celeste, an infamous mystic and Arthur Conan Doyle.
A mystery unsolved to this day
A mystic who confounds the cynics
A writer looking for the story that will make his name A ghost ship appears in the mist. To the struggling author Arthur Conan Doyle, it is an inspiration. To Violet Petra, the gifted American psychic, it is a cruel reminder. To the death-obsessed Victorian public, it is a fascinating distraction. And to one family, tied to the sea for generations, it is a tragedy.
In salons and on rough seas, at s ances and in the imagination of a genius, these stories converge in unexpected ways as the mystery of the ghost ship deepens. But will the sea yield its secrets, and to whom?
THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE is a wonderfully ingenious novel, compelling, convincing and exciting
Valerie Martin is a writer of immense talent and insight . . . a beautiful tale of loss, love and the connections that link us . . . THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE offers readers a riveting cast and evocative prose
A masterpiece of fine detail and intense reimagining - GUARDIAN
Truly haunting . . . brilliantly done - fluently written, vividly imagined, moving and genuinely, chillingly spooky - DAILY MAIL
A sly and masterly historical novel, a page-turner written with intelligence and flair... Through her ingenious weaving of fiction and fact, she both 'solves' the mystery and (as one of her characters says) deepens it ... Valerie Martin never sacrifices the richness of her novel for easy answers. She's more interested in the questions. And so, then, are we. - New York Times Book Review
THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE is a wonderfully ingenious novel, compelling, convincing and exciting. - John Banville
Valerie Martin is a writer of immense talent and insight. Her latest novel weaves a beautiful tale of loss, love and the connections that link us. One moment we're aboard the doomed ship, another we're in the pages of a diary, yet another we're looking at a tragedy. THE GHOST OF THE MARY CELESTE offers readers a riveting cast and evocative prose. - Yann Martel, bestselling author of LIFE OF PI
Valerie Martin is one of America's finest contemporary novelists, best known for her Orange Prize-winning Property and also the acclaimed Mary Reilly, which was filmed by Stephen Frears. Her most recent novel, her tenth, is The Ghost of the Mary Celeste.
She is the author of three collections of short stories and Salvation, a biography of St Francis.