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Published by Blake Books,
2 June 2016. ISBN: 978-1-78185-975-9
It is 1883 and Sidney Grice and his god daughter March Middleton live
at 125 Gower Street from where Sidney runs a “personal” detective agency. They
are approached by a young lady by the name of Charitable Goodsmile to find the
murderer of her father Nathan. On examination of his body, it seems he was
killed very slowly and with great deliberation.
What particularly interests Sidney is the fact that
Nathan was related to the Garstang family also murdered in the same house ten
years previously. The case was never really satisfactorily solved.
Inspector Pound, who had been in charge of
investigations into the Garstang killings reveals that Nathan had had most to
gain from their deaths, but he had a rock solid alibi, he was locked in the
police cells all that night.
The only other real suspect was the Spanish maid
Angelina Innocenti, but she went completely mad after the murders and ended up
in Broadmore. It was never proved one way or the other whether she was guilty
Sidney is sure there is a connection between the
murders ten years ago and that of Nathan, but how to prove it? Then a diary of
Nathan's turns up making for disturbing reading. Will this help to solve all
Things come to a head when the staff believe the house where the murders took place
is haunted and refuse to stay. Sidney and March agree to spend the night there
but end up being very frightened themselves. Sidney very cleverly solves all
the murders leading to a very satisfactory ending.
This is a very creepily atmospheric book, bringing
1883 London to life. Descriptions of the thick smog are especially vivid.
Sidney Grice is like a very grumpy Sherlock Holmes, so
downright rude that he is at times very amusing and I could only feel sorry for his long suffering god
daughter who bears the brunt of his sharp tongue. An enjoyable read that brings
together well the two incidents of murders that took place ten years apart.
raised in Lancashire. He has had careers as
varied as a factory hand, wine waiter, veterinary assistant, fairground worker
and dentist. He lives with his wife, in Suffolk
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