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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. Travelling with him is his loyal bodyguard, Arent Hayes, who is determined to prove his friend innocent.

But no sooner are they out to sea tha
Hardcover, 463 pages
Published October 6th 2020 by Sourcebooks Landmark
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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 wasn’t disappointed!

I loved how once again, the murder-mystery was happening in a contained environment (the boat!) with lots of possible suspects. They all had interesting background and possible motives and the possibly of supernatural kept me guessing.

I do think that once again the ending was the weakes
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arcs-read
1634: A mixed bag of passengers and crew are 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 that the voyage will end in merciless ruin.

He subsequently bursts into flames and dies a very public, very painful death. The observers, although chilled by his damning proclamation, shrug it off as the ramblings of a madman.

It's harder to ignore the devil's mark that miraculously appears
Miranda Reads
Jul 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Miranda by: Tucker (TuckerTheReader)

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“Some songs weren’t mere songs. They were memories curled tight and set alight.”
Samuel Pipps and Arent Hayes are the dynamic duo responsible for stopping the most notorious crimes across the world.

However, this last one might just be too much for even the Great Pipps.

It centers on one, terrible boat...the very boat leading Pipps to his execution.

Pipps is currently locked in the bellows of the ship, leaving his bodyguard (Arent)
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 stories. and all set on the high seas, where everything is at stake and there is nowhere to hide. its the perfect set-up.

this is a story full of adventure, mutiny, dark spirits, charming passengers, ruthless crewmates, and a fascinating mystery. i honestly couldnt have asked for a better time.

Sep 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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 ship, the Saardam, carrying spices and other mysterious cargo, sets sail from Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia) for Amsterdam, voyaging on the dangerous high seas, stalked by life threatening storms, plagued by fears, folklore and superstitions of the period. There appear to be the presence of devils in the ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
4.5 stars! Dark waters indeed. This ship carries a cargo of murder and greed.
The 17th century Dutch galleon Batavia

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Stuart Turton’s debut novel, The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, was one of my favorite reads of 2018, a compulsively readable and wildly original murder mystery, an homage to Agatha Christie, with a science fictional wrapper. Turton’s second novel, The Devil and the Dark Water, is a highly twisty and eerie Sherlockian mystery, set in th
Nilufer Ozmekik
Jun 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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/paranormal elements.

Bring out your pop corns and refreshments because this is going to be unputdownable, addictive, action packed, dazzling, mysterious, twisty experiment and stock your adult diapers because during your read you want to cut your restroom breaks and be fully concentrated on the story, fl
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"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 and whispering their greatest desires. Samuel 'Sammy' Pipps together with his trusted friend and assistant, Arent Hayes, and their new found allies aboard the ship must race against time to defeat this devil known as Old Tom. Stuart Turton's The Devil and the Dark Water is fast-paced and gripping nov
May 27, 2020 marked it as dnf
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 murder. I can’t believe this is the same author who wrote The 7½ Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, but idk maybe his next one will be better? Too long, too boring and too little happening for me.

*Thanks to Sourcebook Landmark, BookExpo & Publishers Weekly for an advance copy!
Oct 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Many thanks to NetGalley and HarperCollins Canada for this gripping, historical/mystery story set on the high seas. The time is 1634 aboard a merchant ship, the Saardam, transporting spices and unknown cargo to Amsterdam from Batavia (Jakarta, Indonesia). This is a perilous 8-month journey and at best of times would be threatened by storms and pirates, and hostility within the crew. The journey has a claustrophobic atmosphere. It is an enthralling, complicated mystery with fascinating characters ...more
sarah xoxo
"Courage isn't an absence of fear. It's the light we find when fear is all there is."

I am disappointed.
In this book. In myself for not DNF'ing it. In the unfulfilled potential this story had. But I'm getting ahead of myself.

The Devil and the Dark Water is Stuart Turton's sophomore novel set in 1634 almost entirely on a merchant ship 'saardam'. The world's greatest detective Samuel Pipps and his bodyguard Arent Hayes are being taken from Batavia (present day Indonesia) to Amsterdam. Pipps has
James Tivendale
The Devil and the Dark Water is a mystery thriller novel set in 1634. The majority of the story is set on a merchant ship called the Saardam as it travels from Batavia to Amsterdam. In addition to the typical silks, spices, pepper and mace, the ship is also transporting, in shackles, the world-famous detective Samuel Pipps.

"‘Sammy Pipps isn’t simply clever,’ argued Arent. ‘He can lift up the edges of the world and peek beneath. He has a gift I’ll never understand. Believe me, I’ve tried.’"

Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The Devil and the Dark Water is a Sherlockian masterpiece, darkly atmospheric and twisty as hell.

The past was filled with sharp things, he’d said. He couldn’t reach for a memory without drawing blood doing it.

The world’s greatest detective, Samuel Pipps, is being transported back to Amsterdam from Batavia (Indonesia), kept imprisoned in the dank depths of the ship for crimes unknown. His bodyguard, Arent Hayes, is determined to prove him innocent… if he can find out what his friend was guilty o
Lauren Lanz
Dec 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
⚔️ Full review posted! ⚔️

Instead of “we’re going to need a bigger boat”, this book is more “we’re going to need a less demon infested boat”. And let me tell you, I absolutely loved it.

“‘Somebody’s trying to sink this boat, and I swim like a bag of rocks. Any chance you can pull your head out of your arse and do something about it?’
Sammy grinned at him. ‘You could lead an army over a cliff with that tongue,’”

~★~ What is this book about? ~★~

In 1634, world renowned detective Sammy Pip
Aoife - Bookish_Babbling
Who to trust when so many have secrets?

I have been super excited to read this since being completely bowled over by Turton's debut and it deff didn't disappoint but also didn't quite live up to the high bar reading experience that was Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. There was just something about the memory loss, "body-switching" Cluedo type feel of that first book that really knocked it out of the park for me 🤷‍♀️
Trying to put those puzzle pieces together was such a trip 👍

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A murder mystery set on a ship in the 17th century with intriguing characters and a promising idea that does not unravel as magnificently as expected: everything is just what you expect it to be.
'Captain,' persisted Isabel. 'What's the dark water?
'It's what old sailors call the soul,' answered Van Schooten, from the opposite end of the table. 'They reckon our sins lie beneath it like wrecks on the ocean bed. Dark water is our soul,
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Many thanks to Cristina at Sourcebooks for the free copy in exchange for an honest review


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‘Whether this is a devil dressed as a man, or a man dressed as a devil, our course of action remains the same.’

If you're a fan of any, or all, of these authors and books – Ken Follet, Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes, The Shining, or Lord of the Flies, then The Devil and the Dark Water is going to be a sure-fire winner for you. Even if you're not, there is still plenty to enjoy.

The year is 1634. When passengers set sail on the Saardam (one in a fleet of seven Indiaman ships) at Batavia, for
Miriam Smith (A Mother’s Musings)
As a reader of naval historical fiction (e.g. David Donachie), I got very excited by the premise of best selling author Stuart Turton’s latest publication, “The Devil and the Dark Water”.
Set in the 1600’s in Batavia (present day Jakarta, Indonesia) we are taken on a voyage on the merchant ship ‘Saardam’ an Indiaman laden with spices, under the charter of the East India Company across the high seas. Together with some fantastic naval scenes, intrigue, suspense and a hint of the supernatural, the
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
An enjoyable and atmospheric historical fiction mystery, which the author himself describes as more fiction than historical. It’s certainly different and while I enjoyed it I found it quite a long slow burner and struggled to keep track of all the characters hence my 3.5 star rating.

This is my first novel by Stuart Turton and he certainly crafts and unique and suspenseful tale.

Set in 1634 Samuel Pippa the worlds greatest detective, is being transported from the Dutch East Indies to
Kirsty Hendry
Sep 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you Netgalley for providing me with an eArc of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Arent Hayes is the bodyguard of Sammy Pipps, who is the greatest detective the world has ever seen. Sammy is arrested for a reason unknown to either himself or Arent, and is being transported to Amsterdam to stand trial.

Once aboard the ship, strange events start happening. A symbol from Arent's past is painted and carved on the ship, livestock are slaughtered, a leper is seen wandering the ship and t
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
You had me at “demon.”

Shortest Summary Ever: 1634. A Dutch sailing vessel where investigator Samuel Pipps is being held for a mysterious crime. His friend and “Watson” Arent Hayes is right by his side trying to determine first - how to free Sammy and then second - solve a mystery of demons and witch lore haunting the ship. Omens abound. Secrets in the passageways... and one by one the body count increases...

Thoughts: I’m a wee bit into the 1600s. The age of colonization and the effect on the wor
Chelsea Humphrey
My signature touch is not reading an author's debut novel and requesting arcs of their newest release.


*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.
Anna Luce
2 ½ stars

“That's the problem with summoning demons, you see. Sooner or later somebody else raises them against you.”

Readers who enjoyed Stuart Turton's previous novel will probably find The Devil and the Dark Water to be a far more captivating read than I did. While I personally was not enamoured by The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, I was willing to give Turton another try.
The first quarter of The Devil and the Dark Water had me intrigued. The narrative opens in Batavia (Jakarta) in 1634.
Jordy’s Book Club
Jun 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
QUICK TAKE: Turton's previous book, THE SEVEN AND A HALF DEATHS OF EVELYN HUGO, was one of my favorite books of 2018. The follow-up is also quite good, though not at the level of Hugo. Think Sherlock & Watson solving a mystery that may or may not involve the supernatural set against the backdrop of an East India trade ship in the 1600s. Except Holmes is locked up for most of the book and Watson is forced to do the detective work. A little long, but I liked the strong female characters and really ...more
Dec 29, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The same as with the first book by this author, The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, I was a bit disappointed with the mystery revelation. It seemed too improbable. Nevertheless, I still really enjoyed the journey.

This author has such a talent for writing complex characters and storylines and creating intriguing mysteries, while still making them easy to follow. His descriptions are very vivid and detailed. The setting, the characters, even the smells, felt very realistic to me. Though not al
Nov 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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4.5 to 5 stars!

The Devil and the Dark Water is another complex and crafty book by Stuart Turton.

I rather enjoyed this one very much!
I do love mysteries, historical fiction and old witchcraft/demon related themes. This hit all of those themes and more!

Not only is the book set in 1634, but it's set on a boat and nefarious antics are in play. Argh matey!

The Devil and the Dark Water has lots of characters and a complicated blue print of the boat at the beginning of the book (hint, hint).
And yes, the

Seriously that's kind of the best way to describe how I feel about this book. Its a very, very, very long kinda okay historical "thriller" with so very many characters and despite its taking place in the 1600's said characters frequently ask each other "are you okay" and all the women are very ahead of their time (one of my "favorite" things in historical fiction) and we've got the typical giant manly man who's a hardened mercenary but really gentle and kind and
Sep 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Stuart Turton’s 7 ½ deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. So, I was so excited to receive a copy of The devil and the dark water. At first, I was a little bit disappointed because it is completely different to his previous novel. But Stuart Turton is a master storyteller and once I got into the story I was hooked.
It’s 1634 a fleet of ships from the East India dock company and the Saardam at the helm is travelling from Batavia to Amsterdam. Carrying the usual spices and a mysterious carg
rebecca ☕️
Oct 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
it's always stuart turton's way of ending books keeping me from giving them five stars. because if it hadn't been for that super weird ending, this would've been perfect!

right from the first chapter on, we know that this ship's voyage is doomed. the characters we slowly start to fall in ove with tumble towards their inevitable fate. this creepy anxiety combined with a contained environment, short chapters and highly intricate relationships make for a perfect, chilling, mysterious thriller. howev
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