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'Death Descends on Saturn Villa' by M.R.C. Kasasian
by Head of Zeus, 18 June 2015. ISBN 9781781859711
is a detective in London in 1882 who bears a considerable resemblance to
Sherlock Holmes; he is expert in abstruse matters to do with identification of
soil, for example. He also has his own peculiarities as a non-smoking,
non-drinking vegetarian who lacks humour. His austerities or even
idiosyncrasies often irritate his unofficial ward, March Middleton, but she
respects his devotion to the solution of strange crimes - she notes a newspaper
reference to a man going around London smashing busts of Napoleon to tell him
about. Presumably this was the case that Sherlock did deal with!
Grice's absence on a case March receives an invitation from a relative of
whose identity she was unaware, he refers to himself as UncleTolly.
She visits his home and becomes embroiled in increasingly bizarre
happenings. A fascinating roller coaster unrolls from the peculiar to the
surreal and then the merely macabre then soaring back to surreal and bloody
get very serious indeed. Forebodings expressed in the introduction to
the book seem to be coming to fruition. We follow events in sections
recorded through the eyes of March Middleton and through the eye (he has a
glass eye) of Sidney Grice. A whole bizarre and frightening story
gradually fits together.
is the third adventure for Grice and March.
M. R. C. Kasasianwas raised in Lancashire, and has had careers as
varied as factory hand, wine waiter, veterinary assistant, fairground worker
anddentist. He lives with his wife in
Suffolk in the winter and in a fishing village in the south of Malta during the
summer. He is now a full time author.
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.