In this intriguing mystery, collectors jet across globe to nab million dollar stamp. The theft of a rare stamp that dates from colonial-era Mauritius ignites a worldwide search for its recovery in “The One Penny Orange Mystery” by Morris Ackerman.
Ackerman dives into the intrigue and passions that power the little known world of elite stamp collecting. In this mystery, several renowned collectors pursue an exceedingly rare stamp that was stolen during an auction in Washington, D.C. Valued at over $1 million, the coveted piece of postage comes from the remote island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, once a colonial island and now a tropical resort.
Like many valuable stamps, the one penny orange derives its exorbitant price from an engraver’s error. When the British wrested control of Mauritius from the French in the 19th century, the new government issued the eponymous orange stamp to mark the first colonial stamp issued outside of Britain. The novel’s protagonist, Edward Postmark, a former colonial military attaché, returns to Mauritius and finds a copy of the one penny orange. He puts it up for sale at a well-known auction house in Washington, DC, not realizing its discovery makes stamp collectors green with envy, so much so that it is stolen during the auction. Soon, a worldwide search for this elusive bit of paper has commenced in full. Beyond its page-turning plot, “The One Penny Orange Mystery” will provide readers with a glimpse inside the high stakes and unique social dynamics of the philatelic elite for whom stamp collecting is an all-consuming passion. Two collectors meeting at the famous auction house find romance as well as stamps for their collections.
Ackerman was inspired to write the mysterious “The One Penny Orange Mystery,” after learning about global cultures and geography through philately. His interest in stamp collecting dates back to his military service during World War II, where he served in the Philippines and began collecting the postage of remote tropical islands.
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