"This is a great book, exciting and utterly unique. For the lover of naval fiction, historical fiction, mysteries, this book has it all."---James L. Nelson, author of Reign of Iron
The first of a trilogy set at the turn of the nineteenth century, when Britain was fighting hard to rule the waves; a wonderfully entertaining, swashbuckling adventure series.
Not many men emerged from Trafalgar with not an ounce of credit to their names, but through an overreliance on rum and his habitual bad luck, Lieutenant Martin Jerrold managed it. In February 1806, he comes to the White Cliffs of Dover with one final chance to redeem his reputation. Before he has been there a day, however, he finds himself standing over a corpse at the foot of the cliffs. Jerrold is suspected of murder. Only the fact that no one can identify the corpse prolongs his freedom. Distrusted by his superiors, set upon by intriguingly well-informed smugglers, and attacked by the French at sea, Jerrold has two weeks to save his skin---or perish in the attempt.
Praise for The Blighted Cliffs
"Enchanted readers loath to say bon voyage will impatiently await the sequel to this well-researched, charmingly outrageous debut."---Publishers Weekly
"Jerrold swashes his buckles and splices his mainbraces to good effect, and this series will solve the gift problem for all armchair admirals."---Scotland on Sunday (UK)
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Edwin Thomas was born in 1977 and grew up in West Germany, Belgium, and America before returning to England to study history at Lincoln College, Oxford. The Blighted Cliffs was the runner-up in the 2001 Crime Writers' Association Debut Dagger Award for new fiction.From Publishers Weekly:
Recounting the misadventures of a hapless, besotted lubber in Dover, England, during the winter of 1806, this well-researched, charmingly outrageous debut is the first volume of a projected seagoing trilogy by an Oxford history scholar. Following his humiliation at missing the battle of Trafalgar trapped below deck while sleeping off a hangover, boozy, carousing Lt. Martin Jerrold is banished to Dover by his embarrassed uncle at the Admiralty to serve aboard the cutter Orestes, chasing smugglers of French contraband. Even before he can report for duty, he witnesses a fight on the beach and comes under suspicion for the murder of an unidentified man. When word reaches his uncle at the Admiralty, Jerrold is given a fortnight to clear his name, lest he be exiled to a station in the Indies to rot in ignominy. Sometimes accompanied by the ship's quartermaster, Ducker, and befriended by a sprightly girl called Isobel, Jerrold sets about the almost impossible task of solving the murder and clearing his name. His quest leads across the heights of the storied cliffs, where he meets Lady Cunningham, the wily wife of the judge hoping to hang him. Back on the foggy Dover waterfront, an ill-assorted crew of suspects await, including swashbuckling Captain Davenant, evil banker Mazard and mysterious postman Nevell. Enchanted readers loath to say bon voyage will impatiently await the sequel.
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