Can’t Wait Wednesday #1 : September 16, 2020

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Tressa @ Wishful Endings. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, which is hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, and is all about casting a spotlight on books we have yet to read, especially ones that haven’t been released yet.

This is my first Can’t Wait Wednesday, and I’m excited for…


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 than devilry begins to blight the voyage. A twice-dead leper stalks the decks. Strange symbols appear on the sails. Livestock is slaughtered.

And then three passengers are marked for death, including Samuel.

Could a demon be responsible for their misfortunes?

With Pipps imprisoned, only Arent can solve a mystery that connects every passenger onboard. A mystery that stretches back into their past and now threatens to sink the ship, killing everybody on board.

Release Date

October 6, 2020

Why I Can’t Wait

I absolutely love seafaring stories, especially those involving wooden sailing ships. (I have been trying to read Patrick O’Brien’s Aubrey-Maturin series for years). Also, I like a good mystery, but I won’t read mystery novels on their own; they need to be combined with other genres and tropes that appeal to me. The Devil and the Dark Water does that by adding historical and potentially fantasy elements to the narrative.

I think this book has great potential to be a four star read, maybe even a five star read if Turton can sneak in something profound. I haven’t read The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, Turton’s other work, so I can make no prediction as to the writing style. I’m going in blind, and I’m very excited.

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