"A captivating, atmospheric return to historical fiction that is every bit as convincing and engrossing as Martin's landmark Mary Reilly. In 1872 the American merchant vessel Mary Celeste was discovered adrift off the coast of Spain. Her cargo was intact and there was no sign of struggle, but the crew was gone. They were never found. This maritime mystery lies at the center of an intricate narrative branching through the highest levels of late-nineteenth-century literary society. While on a voyage to Africa, a rather hard-up and unproven young writer named Arthur Conan Doyle hears of the Mary Celeste and decides to write an outlandish short story about what took place. This story causes quite a sensation back in the United States, particularly between sought-after Philadelphia spiritualist medium Violet Petra and a rational-minded journalist named Phoebe Grant, who is seeking to expose Petra as a fraud. Then there is the family of the Mary Celeste's captain, a family linked to the sea for generations and marked repeatedly by tragedy. Each member of this ensemble cast holds a critical piece to the puzzle of the Mary Celeste. These three elements-a ship found sailing without a crew, a famous writer on the verge of enormous success, and the rise of an unorthodox and heretical religious fervor-converge in unexpected ways, in diaries, in letters, in safe harbors and rough seas. In a haunted, death-obsessed age, a ghost ship appearing in the mist is by turns a provocative mystery, an inspiration to creativity, and a tragic story of the disappearance of a family and of a bond between husband and wife that, for one moment, transcends the impenetrable barrier of death."
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by Valerie Martin
by Lisa Martin, Valerie Martin
by Valerie Tripp
by Valerie Bertinelli
by Valerie Lawson
by Valerie Wilson Wesley
"Susie Berneis impresses as narrator of Valerie MartinOs excellent work of historical fiction. In 1872, the ship Mary Celeste was discovered adrift off the coast of Africa. The undamaged vesselOs cargo was intact, but there was no sign of a single crew member. Young Arthur Conan Doyle hears of this mystery and writes a fictionalized account. Berneis gives credible voices to bits and pieces from letters, diaries, shipOs logs, court records, and putry as the story unfolds. Part sea story, part love story, part ghost story, filled with intriguing characters, from the Mary CelesteOs captain, Benjamin Briggs and his wife, to Violet Petra, a spiritualist medium, to Phube Grant, the tabloid journalist who hopes to expose Violet as a fraud. Berneis moves seamlessly between time periods and human emotions. S.J.H. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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