The Figurehead

The Figurehead Aberdeen, Scotland 1840 Return To An Age Where Sail Was Being Challenged By Steam, New Continents Were Opening, And The World Was Full Of Opportunities For People To Be As Good Or As Evil As They Chose When The Body Of A Local Shipwright Is Found On The Beach, Neither The Customers And Suppliers He Cheated Nor The Women He Seduced Are Surprised But The Mystery Intrigues Wood Carver John Grant, Who Decides To Seek Out The Murderer His Work And His Investigations Bring Him Into Contact With William Anderson, A Rich Merchant And His Daughter Helen Commissioned To Create A Figurehead That Combines The Features Of Two Women, John Eventually Uncovers A Shocking Tale Of Blackmail And Death As He Struggles To Resist The Pangs Of Unexpected Love.

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[Epub] ↠ The Figurehead  Author Bill Kirton –
  • Paperback
  • 248 pages
  • The Figurehead
  • Bill Kirton
  • English
  • 14 October 2019

10 thoughts on “The Figurehead

  1. Dorsi says:

    What a great historical mystery I loved it It kept me entertained throughout the story Many of the characters had great depth I felt as if I knew them The ending has an awesome little twist that I wasn t expecting.

  2. Richard Sutton says:

    Almost forty years a sailor, I approached Bill Kirton s novel, The Figurehead with a degree of familiarity with tall ships, shipwrights and their tools I expected a comfortable sojourn in the shipyards of Aberdeen It being winter, I needed a dose of salt water to flavor the read I chose for escaping the stresses of the pre Holiday madness What better choice of period than the pivotal years just before sail gave way to steam oak to steel and rivets What better place than the wharves of Aberdeen None I could imagine.The Figurehead served me very well, indeed Mr Kirton not only spun a good tale of murder with unexpected twists and nasty turns, he did so in a masterful way His command of the language is such that he is able to create memorable wordplay on almost every page He illustrates his character s lives and motivations with only a dash of narrative, but each word is so well chosen that none intrude to break the spell.The remarkable sense of immersion, into the world of the Scottish shipyard and the nature of the commerce that kept the mallets swinging was complete Each time I laid t...

  3. S. Burke says:

    Book Review The Figurehead by Bill Kirton.Publisher Pfoxchase Publishing.Genre Crime Romance Aberdeen, Scotland 1840 Return to an age where sail was being challenged by steam, new continents were opening, and the world was full of opportunities for people to be as good or as evil as they chose When the body of a local shipwright is found on the beach, neither the customers and suppliers he cheated nor the women he seduced are surprised But the mystery intrigues wood carver John Grant, who decides to seek out the murderer.His work and his investigations bring him into contact with William Anderson, a rich merchant and his daughter Helen.Commissioned to create a figurehead that combines the features of two women, John eventually uncovers a shocking tale of blackmail and death as he struggles to resist the pangs of unexpected love This book is a marvelous intertwining of crime thriller and tender romance Author Bill Kirton has the artist s gentle touch, weaving a story rich in detail against a background of well researched fact about the sh...

  4. Maria K. says:

    Profound, detailed, incredibly written, The Figurehead is definitely a kind of book one wants to go back to again and again, despite knowing the ending Bill Kirton s meticulous research and masterful narrative create a setting to completely absorb the reader and place one in the midst of the events,...

  5. Wendy Bertsch says:

    Bill Kirton s gripping novel revolves around a leisurely paced mystery that allows readers to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of dockside life of the Aberdeen of 1840 The complex characters are skillfully drawn, and the city itself is so vividly presented th...

  6. N.A. Granger says:

    The Likeness is a sequel to the enormously popular book by this author The Figurehead In that book, the readers were introduced the port city of Aberdeen in the mid 19th century and to three of its citizens the woodcarver John Grant William Anderson, a rich merchant and his headstrong daughter Elizabeth.The story begins with the discovery of the battered body of a young woman in the muck near the wharves where the Aberdeen fishermen bring in their catches The body is painfully thin and is clothed in the rich garb of someone not normally found in that area.Grant is doubtful that the town s constable who is short sighted, lacks intelligence, and has a nasty personality will ever discover what happened to her, and decides to take on the task of finding her killer At the same time, he accepts a commission to create a figurehead to feature onstage in the melodramas of a newly arrived theatre group, a commission paid for by a demanding patron.The love that developed between John Grant and Helen Anderson in the previous book grows stronger and evident in this one Helen wishes to become an integral part of her father s shipping business, an unheard of thing in those times, and eventually her father acquiesces This puts her in direct conflict with a merchant wishing to do business with her father the patron who paid Gr...

  7. Elizabeth Lloyd says:

    Poor old Bessie Rennie found herself in great trouble as a result of stealing a watch from the dead body of Jimmie Crombie, the shipwright, on the Aberdeen beach Had she murdered him, or did he drown The local Watch are useless, but John Grant, figurehead maker and ship carver, is determined to find the murderer even if Jimmie deserved his fate.William Anderson, wealthy ship owner and trader had commissioned Crombie to build him a new ship, so he is concerned about completing the build, while his independently minded daughter, Helen, not a typical rich young lady of 1840, wants to help her father in his business as well as solve the murder Inevitably, Helen and John Grant are drawn together as she models for the figurehead for her father s ship and they begin to share their investigations Events slowly reveal which of Jimmie s enemies might have wished him dead, as the author shows the comfortable gentrified life of the Anderson family contrasting with extreme poverty among the fisherman, thieves and prostitutes While John is able to span the lives of both communities, Helen takes dangerous risks in seeking out the company of Jimmie s widow, Jessie The picture of 19th century Aberdeen is vivid and convincing, while John s strong, calm personality is a good foil for the impetuous determination of Helen Anderson.This is a story full of realistic characters, whom we grow to care for ...

  8. N.W. Moors says:

    John Grant carves figureheads for the wooden ships being built in Aberdeen When the shipwright on his latest boat is murdered, it s up to John to find the murderer There s a lot of possible suspects as Jimmie Crombie was an extremely unlikeable man Meanwhile, the ship s owner, William Anderson, wants John to carve a figurehead after Elizabeth Anderson, his wife Elizabeth schemes with her daughter Helen for John to model Helen instead Helen is also interested in the murder, an unusual position for a woman in that time period I enjoyed this book very much It is well written and true to the period and setting I learned a lot about wooden shipbuilding and the age of sail All the characters are interesting They come from all walks of life but display the resilience and hard work as well as poverty and crime I especially liked the part about the young apprentice who decides to emigrate to America This book is a true slice of life ...

  9. ChillwithabookAWARD With says:

    The Figurehead by Bill Kirton has received a Chill with a Book Readers Award.

  10. Helen Hollick says:

    This book has received a Discovering Diamonds Review Helen Hollickfounder DDRevs The technical side of things, how to build a watertight wooden ship, how to make rope and the almost sensual way to carve a figurehead, the most important part of a sailing vessel, is spot on

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