The Conjurer's Bird (eBook)


Description


The Conjurer’s Bird is a beautiful story in the spirit of Possession that is as exciting as The Club Dumas, inspired by one of the great puzzles of natural history: that of the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta. Seen only once, in 1774, by Captain Cook’s second expedition to the South Seas, a single specimen was captured, preserved, and brought back to England. The bird was given to famed naturalist Joseph Banks, who displayed it proudly in his collection until its sudden, unexplained disappearance.

Two hundred years later, naturalists continue to wonder if the world will ever get another glimpse of the elusive bird. Were it not for a colored drawing done by the ship’s artist, there would be nothing to say that the bird had ever existed.

The Conjurer’s Bird is a gripping literary mystery and passionate love story that tackles the intrigue surrounding the celebrated Banks, his secret affair with an enigmatic woman known only as “Miss B,” and the legendary bird that becomes a touchstone for their love.

Seamlessly spanning two time periods, The Conjurer’s Bird is at once the story of this romance and of a present-day conservationist named Fitz, who is drawn into a thrilling and near-impossible race to find the elusive bird’s only known remains.




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From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author


Martin Davies, a television producer, is the author of two mysteries featuring Sherlock Holmes’s housekeeper. He lives in London.

Praise for The Conjurer's Bird…


“An ambitious mystery . . . [Martin] slips in descriptions so deft, readers can smell and touch his scenes. . . . As the novel’s past and present begin to fuse amid unexpected twists—the book becomes increasingly compelling.” —Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Cunningly spins two stories. . . .[An] absorbing mystery. . . .The modern story’s tension and its narrator’s reticence contrast perfectly with Davies’s assured depiction of eighteenth-century art, science, and exploration all intersecting on the shifting terrain of emotion.” —Boston Globe

“[An] enticing blend of fact and historical fiction . . . The Conjurer’s Bird is in the end a perfect alternative to the plethora of routine, forgettable mystery novels.” —Pages

Product Details ISBN-13: 9780307345875
Published: Crown, 08/22/2006
Language: en


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