This diabolical mystery features an unusual setting: a cursed 16th century merchant ship travelling on the high seas from Batavia (present-day Jakarta, Indonesia) to Amsterdam. Are the murders and ominous incidents on the ship the product of a demonic possession or is the killer among the crew and passengers? Witch-hunters, detectives and musketeers are all vying to get to the bottom of the case. With just enough history and just enough whimsy, this novel provides an enjoyable puzzle full of vivid characters and a sense of the macabre.
Meghan Casey (Staff) (Queen's Square Library)