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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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"BBC TV producer Davies, the author of mysteries starring Sherlock Holmes's housekeeper, turns his attention to the search for 'the rarest bird ever recorded' in this gripping book of literary suspense. In 1774, on Captain Cook's second expedition to the South Pacific, a single specimen of a thrushlike bird was captured. The bird entered the collection of eminent naturalist Sir Joseph Banks — but then it disappeared. Moving adroitly between the 18th and the 21st centuries, Davies indulges in clever speculation about the bird's whereabouts and adds an appealing strain of romance surrounding the identity of Banks's mistress, 'Miss B.' Alternating chapters chronicle the adventures of Fitz, a present-day London conservationist who's agreed to try to find 'the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta' at the urging of a woman he once loved — but it's his spunky female graduate student whose ingenuity and indefatigable research do much to keep the plot spinning past red herrings, dead ends and the machinations of unscrupulous people racing to find the bird first. A third subplot concerns Fitz's grandfather's search for the Congo peacock, and it is to Davies' credit that he renders the novel's botanical and zoological details with an immediacy that helps along the narrative. A few farfetched plot twists aside, this is a captivating novel." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

About the Author

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

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ramblyn, December 2, 2006 (view all comments by ramblyn)
This is a most enjoyable book. The author takes you back in time with a wealth of informtion regarding the social mores in days gone by. The Conjurer's Bird holds your attention and you can't wait for more time to sit and enjoy. I will read the author's other two books and hope he will write more in this manner.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781400097333
Author:
Davies, Martin
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Naturalists
Subject:
Wildlife conservationists
Publication Date:
December 2005
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.52x6.68x1.40 in. 1.68 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "BBC TV producer Davies, the author of mysteries starring Sherlock Holmes's housekeeper, turns his attention to the search for 'the rarest bird ever recorded' in this gripping book of literary suspense. In 1774, on Captain Cook's second expedition to the South Pacific, a single specimen of a thrushlike bird was captured. The bird entered the collection of eminent naturalist Sir Joseph Banks — but then it disappeared. Moving adroitly between the 18th and the 21st centuries, Davies indulges in clever speculation about the bird's whereabouts and adds an appealing strain of romance surrounding the identity of Banks's mistress, 'Miss B.' Alternating chapters chronicle the adventures of Fitz, a present-day London conservationist who's agreed to try to find 'the Mysterious Bird of Ulieta' at the urging of a woman he once loved — but it's his spunky female graduate student whose ingenuity and indefatigable research do much to keep the plot spinning past red herrings, dead ends and the machinations of unscrupulous people racing to find the bird first. A third subplot concerns Fitz's grandfather's search for the Congo peacock, and it is to Davies' credit that he renders the novel's botanical and zoological details with an immediacy that helps along the narrative. A few farfetched plot twists aside, this is a captivating novel." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
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