Malcolm Pryce is one of my favourite mystery authors given his ability to effortlessly weave together complex plot threads within an absurdist framework. This new book – please let it be the start of a new series! – steps away from his Aberystwyth Noir roots and plonks us in post war England just before the nationalisation of the railway network. Jack Wenlock is the last ‘Gosling’, legendary railway detectives who dedicate their lives to serving the British public. Times are changing however and Jack’s job is set to be phased out. When a tenacious woman called Jenny tracks him down and asks […]
Genre: Historical Mystery
Most well-bred 19th century ladies would have an attack of vapours if their financial prospects suddenly turned bad but Ophelia Flax and Prue Bright are American actresses rather than ladies and are made of sterner stuff. Ophelia wheedles jobs as maids for them in a fantastical Black Forest castle complete with Snow White’s cottage. Things take a turn for the worst when their employer’s husband is poisoned and Prue becomes the main suspect.
When Justin de Quincy discovered that his patron the Bishop of Chester was actually his father, he vowed to have nothing more to do with the man. Justin stumbled across a murder on his way to London. The dying victim, a goldsmith, entrusted a letter to him and begged him to deliver it to Eleanor of Acquitaine. Justin duly delivers the valuable letter and is charged with finding out who had the messenger killed and why.
Remedy for Treason is set in the small town of Girona, Spain in 1353. Isaac, the blind Jewish physician is asked by the Bishop of Girona to investigate why a nun died in the public baths. Along the way we meet his family and a young Moor (Yusef) with a very big secret. Medora Sales who writes under the pseudonym of Caroline Roe has a PhD in medieval history and this makes for a rich, evocative tale.
Detective Inspector Robert Colbeck and his side-kick Sergeant Victor Lemming are at it again. Exeter St David’s respected stationmaster, Mr Joel Heygate, has been murdered and his body burned accidentally as part of Guy Fawkes Night celebrations. Robert needs to bring the killer to justice swiftly so he can get back to London and marry his patient fiancé Madeleine.