Review: The Beckoning Ice by Joan Druett
- Created on Monday, 24 December 2012 00:00
- By David Hayes
Druett has created a great detective in Wiki Coffin with a complex family background which enables him to be the outsider when the plot demands it and it's good to see a new book in the series after a lengthy gap. He is half-Maori, half-Yankee "linguister," who also serves as the fleet representative of American law and order for the United States Exploring Expedition.
The story is set against a background of their work in the area of Cape Horn and when a sealing schooner hails the brig Swallow with a strange tale of a murdered corpse on an iceberg an investigation begins. The rivalries of the officers of the various ships lead to there being plenty of suspects for Wiki to investigate.
Combining historical and nautical accuracy with a fast paced mystery thriller has produced a marvelous book which is highly recommended.