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Published by The History Press, 5 October 2016. ISBN: 978-0-7509-6980-2
third adventure of Charles Dickens and his friend Metropolitan Police
Superintendent Jones begins in Manchester. As always Jean Briggs really
gives us the voice of Charles Dickens - in this case he is making a visit to
Manchester to perform in a play and then returns to London.
Dickens himself discovers the body of one of the
actors in the theatre in Spring Bank and is therefore a serious suspect as the
killer. Dickens and Jones move around the city and the northern suburbs
giving a clear picture of the horrors of Mancunian conditions of dirt and
poverty. The relationship between the two is one of good friends and the
reader is reminded of the real life walks in London taken by Charles and Inspector
The body count mounts and the mystery gets murkier
before and after the two protagonists return to London. Lost and poverty
stricken children play a part as do women looking for love. The wealth of
language that Dickens possessed is shown here with particular reference to the
quirky names that Dickens so enjoyed.
This is another enjoyable book from J. C. Briggs
with its fascinating characters, real and imagined, its intricate mystery and
its evocation of Victorian London and Manchester.
Jennifer S. Palmer
The first book on Dickens was The Murder of
J. C. Briggs taught
English for many years in schools in Cheshire, Hong Kong and Lancashire. She
now lives in a cottage in Cumbria with her husband who is an artist.The
Murder of Patience Brooke, featuring Charles Dickens as a detective is the
first in a proposed series in which Dickens and Superintendent Jones of Bow
Street investigate some dark deeds. The idea of Dickens as a detective came
about when she read Dickens’s articles about the London police in his
periodical Household Words. Dickens
was fascinated by police investigation and by murder, in particular – there are
plenty of murderers in his writing, and Dickens is credited with the creation
of the first literary detective in Inspector Bucket who solves the murder of Mr
Tulkinghorn in Bleak House.
Jennifer Palmer Throughout my
reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15
years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.