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by Constable, 5 March 2015. ISBN: 978-1-4721-1595-9
year is 1742. Titus Cragg is Coroner for Preston, his good friend Luke Fidelis
is one of the town's doctors, and both men are passionate upholders of justice.
When local businessman Philip Pimbo is discovered dead, shot through the head,
behind the locked door of his office, Cragg accepts that it is suicide but
Fidelis believes it may be murder and convinces his friend to investigate
Pimbo was a pawnbroker who wished to
be a banker. At the time of his death, Pimbo had taken much of the town's
wealth to invest and the bullying Mayor of Preston, Ephraim Grimshawe, who
authorised the loan, is harassing Cragg not merely to discover who killed
Pimbo, but to discover what has happened to the money. Without it, the
twenty-year festival that brings so much prestige and custom to the town will
Cragg and Fidelis attempt to locate
Pimbo's partner, a money-scrivener known as Zadoc Moon, but this vital witness
proves to be strangely elusive. As they investigate, they find it hard to
decide whether Pimbo's death is linked to the search for long-buried Civil War
treasure or to the terrible evils of the African slave trade. Another death,
which is indisputably murder, makes Cragg and Fidelis even more determined to
discover the truth.
The Scrivener is the third book in theseries featuring Cragg and Fidelis, but the characters and situation are
so skilfully drawn that it is easy to pick up the back story. It is a
fascinating read, full of neatly inserted historical facts that add credibility
to the storyline. The characters are warm, likeable and very human, but the
author does not flinch from describing real and terrible injustices. I
thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is a page-turner and I recommend it.
Reviewer: Carol Westron
Robin Blakewas born in Preston in Lancashire. There are three
published mysteries in the series so far - A
Dark Anatomy, Dark Waters and The
Scrivener - and all are set in Preston during the 1740s. Cragg is the local
coroner, who also practises as an attorney, and his friend Fidelis is a young
physician with advanced ideas. There is nothing Dr Fidelis loves more than a
challenging puzzle, but Titus Cragg is passionate for justice. In a society
without a police force the two men operate as a formidable team, investigating
suspicious deaths and often falling foul of the well-to-do merchant oligarchy
that runs the town strictly in its own interests.
Carol Westronis a successful short story writer and a Creative Writing teacher.She is the moderator for the cosy/historical
crime panel, The Deadly Dames.Her crime
novels are set both in contemporary and Victorian times.The Terminal Velocity of Cats is the
first in her Scene of Crimes novels, was published July 2013. Her second book About the Children was published in May