Bone Ship Mysteries

PoW, bone ships, Napoleonic Wars and mystery

With the novel "Die grüne Frau" (The Green Woman) I had my debut as an author in 2012. In 2015, the English translation was published.


The topic I touched with it has so many aspects yet to be explored that there will be at least three more novels about Prisoners-of-War during the Napoleonic Wars, bone ships and museum work.


The novel The Green Woman is the first book published for the Sawyer-series and about a search for clues that starts out in 1798 with the sinking of a British naval vessel and starts an avalanche of events in 2009, when a museum's employee is trying to catalogue a model ship. The little ship that was built by Prisoners-of-War (PoW) during the Napoleonic Wars, is soon attracting the attention of wealthy art collectors and even a notorious gang of thieves. A mysterious legend tells that the Green Woman knows something of importance - but what? Will Miriam and Peter Sawyer be able to find the legendary Green Woman before anybody else does?


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The second novel series - the Penvenan-saga - has been started as well, currently only available in original German version. In this series, Lady Adeline Trevelyan falls in love with French naval officer Jean-Paul Devreux and risks all her wealth, life and future to save him from a prison ship and have a future with him instead of the horrific, but stinking-rich business-man Richard Penryn.

Book 1 (Knochen und Stroh) and book 2 (Seide und Gold) are currently only available in German original language as both eBook and paperback.

News about the Series

The novel "Die grüne Frau" (The Green Woman) has been translated into English and is available as an eBook and as a paperback.

I am currently working on two parts of the Sawyer-series which will chronologically take place before the story in "Die grüne Frau" (The Green Woman). Publication dates are currently unknown.

The same holds true for the other novel series about boneships and the Napoleonic era. A translation into English is currently not yet planned for the Penvenan-saga.

If you are on Facebook, you may take a look at my special page "Bone Ship Mysteries" to get more info about my historical novel series and bone ships.

I am absolutely thrilled that I am already mentioned on websites (thanks a lot, Siri and Selma!): The World according to Dina.


"Stad Amsterdam and Christian Radich look grand with their figureheads, don’t you agree? They look like our fairy-colleague Fee-Christine Aks describes it in her novel “The Green Woman”: “The small figurehead is a slender girl with a long dress”. Following the poetic freedom she puts a blossom in her hand."

Further Information

A few more words about the story of Miriam & Peter: I am thriving to get into as much detail and historically correct settings about the time of the Napoleonic Wars as possible. With this I do ask a lot of my self as well as of my readers.


If you would like to know more about boneships and PoW during the Napoleonic Wars, please take the following books and websites as a starting point:


  • Abell, Francis (1914): Prisoners of War in Britain, 1756 to 1815. A record of their lives, their romance and their sufferings. Humphrey Milford, Oxford University Press, 464 pages, with illustrations. London Edinburgh Glasgow New York Toronto Melbourne Bombay 1914.
  • Brown, Arthur (1895): The French prisoners of Norman Cross. (digital version)
  • James, William (1837): The Naval History of Great Britain, vol. II. (digital version)
  • Lloyd, Clive L. (2007): The Arts and Crafts of Napoleonic and American Prisoners of War 1756-1816. Antique Collectors' Club Ltd., Woodbridge, Suffolk, ISBN 978-1-85149-529-.
  • Lloyd, Clive L. (2007): A History of Napoleonic and American Prisoners of War 1756-1816. Hulk, Depot and Parole. Antique Collectors' Club Ltd., Woodbridge, Suffolk, ISBN 978-1-85149-528-3.
  • Mondfeld, Wolfram zu. (1989): Knochenschiffe: Die Prisoner-of-War-Modelle 1775 bis 1814. Herford, Koehler, 1989, ISBN 3-78822-0439-5.
  • Website about bone ships:
  • Website about the PoW-camp Norman Cross
  • Website about the Napoleonic Wars
  • Website with beautiful pictures of figureheads: The World according to Dina


2024-01: Die Akte Epsilon (StrandtGuth#7) veröffentlicht

2023: Jeden Monat eine Spende ans Altonaer Museum

2023-05: Broadway-Melodie für Mörder (StrandtGuth#16) veröffentlicht

2022: Jeden Monat eine Spende ans Altonaer Museum

2021: Jeden Monat eine Spende ans Altonaer Museum

2021-01: Kein Schutzengel für Julia (StrandtGuth#08) veröffentlicht

2020-12: Facelift für Cover der StrandtGuth-Serie

2020: Jeden Monat eine Spende ans Altonaer Museum

2020-01: Seide und Gold (Penvenan #2, Roman) veröffentlicht

2019: Jeden Monat eine Spende ans Altonaer Museum

2019-09: Als die Dunkelheit hereinbrach (Roman) als Hörbuch - jetzt bestellen

2019-09: Interview für

2019-05: Knochen und Stroh (Penvenan #1, Roman) veröffentlicht

2018: Jeden Monat eine Spende ans Altonaer Museum

2018-11: MeerglasHerzen (Roman) veröffentlicht

2018-10: Dear Moon, you go so quietly (LostYouth #4) published

2018-09: Die kalten Augen des Todes (StrandtGuth #04) veröffentlicht

2018-06: Interview für

2018-05: Interview für Schüler (7. Klasse)

2018-05: Als der Wind kälter wehte (Verlorene Jugend#5) veröffentlicht

2018-03: WebShop online!

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