A Watery Grave

Publication Details
Book Title: 
ISBN: 
9780312334420
Series: 
Wiki Coffin
Year of Publication: 
2005
Publisher: 
Minotaur Books
Author Information
Author Name: 
Author's Home Country: 
New Zealand
Categories & Groupings
Category: 
Crime Fiction
Sub Genre: 
Historical
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Book Synopsis

The year is 1838, and after more 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. 

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