Voyage of the Pleiades
London 1885. Linnea Wren has spent her life defying Victorian societal norms, from masquerading as a male groundskeeper at Kew Gardens, to an expedition leader traveling the world. After a devastating and traumatic shipwreck nearly robs her of life and career, Linnea is offered the opportunity to travel to South America and re-establish herself as a naturalist.
Her journey to Chile is far from smooth sailing, especially when her colleague Matias Ward joins the expedition and scrambles her plans. Matias is intelligent, dangerously attractive, and clearly hiding something—which only comes to light when a man dies in a grisly ritual murder aboard the ship. Linnea and Matias are charged with investigating the murder, but the culprit remains elusive. Their arrival on Chiloé Island brings a temporary respite to pursue their natural history studies and their burgeoning relationship, but the threats and the murderer have followed. After the killing of another innocent person, it is apparent that their lives and those of Matias’s family are at risk. Will Linnea and Matias identify the murderer before one of them becomes the next victim?
Set on the high seas and the magical island of Chiloé, Voyage of the Pleiades follows Linnea as she forges a career path outside the expectations of women in the 19th-century while navigating a relationship with a colleague that is overshadowed by the ever-present threats from a murderer.
Press and Reviews
"Amy’s descriptions are rich and vivid and they allow you to easily experience another time and place. The plot of the story is also wonderful with multi-layered subplots that are intriguing in their own right but skillfully woven together in a way that keeps the reader engaged page after page."
"Steamy. Thrilling! Hard to put down!"
"A heroine for all times. Five stars"
"Voyage of the Pleiades is a beautifully paced narrative that traverses genres. Turner demonstrates a knack for language, particularly in her dialogue. Linnea, our hero, is a character we can cheer for — the type of woman with scraped knees and timeless desires that often place her at odds with society, attracting a diverse range of characters, both savory and unsavory."