CHOSEN AS A BOOK OF THE YEAR BY THE GUARDIAN, SUNDAY TIMES, DAILY MAIL, FINANCIAL TIMES, DAILY EXPRESS AND i PAPER
WINNER OF THE BOOKS ARE MY BAG READERS AWARD FOR FICTION
SELECTED FOR THE BBC TWO BOOK CLUB BETWEEN THE COVERS AND THE RADIO 2 JO WHILEY BOOK CLUB
"If you love a good story, one that sweeps you along, then this is for you. Historical fiction? Yes. Murder mystery? Yes. Epic sea adventure? Yes. The Devil and the Dark Water is all this and more, so much more. Turton’s murder mystery unfolds on a voyage from Asia to Amsterdam in the 1600s. Imaginatively plotted, peopled with a memorable cast of characters and beautifully crafted this ever expanding complex tale is tightly controlled and a joy to read. Having read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, (which made my head spin and I would also highly recommend) I knew not to expect the expected and I wasn’t disappointed. Inventive, clever, all of the superlatives apply. But most of all, fun.
Oh and we can also take credit for his inspiration. The seed for this novel was planted after Turton visited the WA Maritime Museum."
'A glorious mash-up of William Golding and Arthur Conan Doyle' Val McDermid
'A superb historical mystery- inventive, twisty, addictive and utterly beguiling ... A TRIUMPH' Will Dean