The Scent of Betrayal

Written by David Donachie
Review by John R. Vallely

David Donachie has enjoyed his share of acclaim as a writer of nautical fiction using the name of Tom Connery as well as his real one. His latest naval adventure with Harry Ludlow carries the reader from an ambush in the Caribbean to a search for the missing treasure of General James Wilkinson in the present-day states of Mississippi and Louisiana. As was the case with the previous four novels in his Privateersman Mysteries series, the author offers an exciting naval tale to go with a baffling “whodunit.” Donachie has certainly done his research, as the maritime and social worlds of 1795 come alive in his prose.