The Devil and the Dark Water

The Devil and the Dark Water


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A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.

It's 1634 and Samuel Pipps, the world's greatest detective, is being transported to Amsterdam to be executed for a crime he may, or may not, have committed. Traveling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.

But no sooner are they out to sea than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.

And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.

Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

The breathtaking new novel from Stuart Turton, author of the The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, winner of the Costa Best First Novel Award.

Title:The Devil and the Dark Water
Edition Language:English
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  • Emily (Books with Emily Fox)

    A murder on the high seas. A detective duo. A demon who may or may not exist.(4.25?) After reading The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, I couldn’t wait to read anything else by the author. I wasnâ...

  • megs_bookrack

    In 1634, passengers and crew begin boarding the merchant ship, Saardam, for a voyage from Batavia to Amsterdam. On the docks, a leper suddenly appears high atop a pile of crates and issues a warning t...

  • Miranda Reads

    Just published my November Reading Vlog! The Written Review “Some songs weren’t mere songs. They were memories curled tight and set alight.” Samuel Pipps and Arent Hayes are the dynamic du...

  • jessica

    ST has once again written a book that all mystery lovers will obsess over. the main duo are very sherlock and watson, while the remaining ensemble of characters remind me very much of agatha christies...

  • Paromjit

    Stuart Turton returns with a cracking piece of historical fiction, a spine chiller that drips with colour and atmosphere set in the 17th century. In 1634, the cursed and doomed East India merchant shi...

  • Melissa ~ Bantering Books

    Be sure to visit Bantering Books to read all my latest reviews.Review first published by Mystery and Suspense Magazine on 2/6/21.The Devil and the Dark Water is my kind of novel. It’s a brilliant my...

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    Ship ahoy! Prepare yourself to have a dangerous intercontinental trip to Europe and feel the vibes of Pirates of Caribbean meets Murder in the Orient Express vibes embellished with supernatural/parano...

  • Tadiana ?Night Owl?

    4.5 stars! Dark waters indeed. This ship carries a cargo of murder and greed.The 17th century Dutch galleon Batavia Review first posted on Turton’s debut novel, The 7½ ...

  • Oscar

    "Arent Hayes was a zealot. His religion was Samuel Pipps." My mind is fucking blown. Just read it. 15 or so characters and one of them may or may not be the devil doing some horrific acts a...

  • Elle

    Oof I hate to do it, but after trying to read this book for a ~month~ now at this point, I’m gonna have to DNF @ 40%. Sorry guys! I’ve never seen a murder mystery go so long without an actual murd...