by Martin Davies
This mystery centers on the Ulieta bird, a species first identified by a naturalist on Captain Cook's 1774 expedition in the South Pacific. Only one specimen was captured and preserved. It wound up in the collection of the well-known 18th century naturalist Joseph Banks and was documented with a painting, but then the specimen disappeared and no wild individuals were ever found again. Fitz, a modern conservationist, finds himself racing against treasure hunters to find the specimen. The mysterious mistress of Joseph Banks may hold the key to the mystery, but she proves very elusive after all this time. The author does a great job of weaving the 17th century and modern stories together.