Media around the world are covering daily an inspiring and beautiful ocean race as modern reproductions of Nineteenth Century tall ships once again sail the ancient tea trade route to China. Yet, beneath the bright sails hide evil and treachery as the competitors sabotage and even murder each other to win a billion dollar prize.
An American entry, the Peregrine, a replica of a famous clipper once constructed in the small Chesapeake harbor of River Sunday, Maryland, is tarnished by rumors. Claims are made that the original Peregrine was involved in criminal activities as well as the violent theft of a famous Chinese jewel and the brutal death of a young girl.
Jim Cutter, Peregrine race director and his friend professor Katy Marbury research the true story of the ship’s past. They constantly risk their lives as they uncover a tale affecting the future of modern China, all the time knowing they are targeted by an unseen enemy.
Then far at sea, the Peregrine mysteriously disappears. Cutter must find and rescue the ship against impossible odds. Tough former soldier that he is, he must still conquer his recurring personal demon. His only son is aboard. He deserted his son once before and he fears he will fail him again.
China Jewel is the sixth book of the acclaimed River Sunday Romance Mystery series by Thomas Hollyday. The author’s unique Chesapeake voice once again gives us an exciting read about the people, their beliefs and legends, the animals and the grasping mud and black water wetlands of this mysterious American region. His other critically acclaimed novels include Slave Graves, Magnolia Gods, Powerboat Racer, Gold, Terror Flower, and Easter Sunday.
Each book, introducing new memorable characters, retains the simple and beautiful lifestyle, history and beauty of the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay. Powerful subjects such as freedom, atomic war, racism, religion, terror, sailing, and family love, are approached. Stories are insightful and well researched with technical expertise, humor, and fast moving action.
River Sunday Romance Mysteries are suitable for teen and older readers. They have no strong language and romantic descriptions are clean and suitable for family reading, discussion and enjoyment.