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Published by Freight Books, 13
April 2017. ISBN 978-1-911332-11-4
On a farm in West Wales in 1850 a body is discovered
when the root of a fallen tree is dug up. Harry Probert-Lloyd goes to see
the body when it is reported to his father who is the local magistrate.
Harry is sure that this is the body of someone who disappeared seven years
earlier. An investigation begins.
atmosphere of Wales in that era is beautifully shown. There is no tedious
detail, instead the habits and attitudes of that time and place become clear in
the course of events. The mid1840s were turbulent in Wales with the
Rebecca Riots against tollgates. The attempts to replace the local
rough and ready methods of maintaining order and correct moral behaviour by the
new police force and new officials is another part of the background.
alternating chapters we hear the tale from Harry and from John Davies, a
clerk. Both have memories from the earlier time to which the reader
becomes privy. Harry has returned home from his career as a lawyer
because he is going blind. He has what we call juvenile macular
degeneration so he can see from the corners of his eyes. John has,
therefore, to act as his eyes but Harry can easily move, ride, eat etc. using
his peripheral vision.
two investigators can gradually piece together what happened but they need to
interview many people and to persuade them to tell the truth. More
importantly each of them must reveal their own experiences seven years earlier.
is an interesting book about an unusual area with a frightening centre of
trouble in the Rebecca riots and it is told by a Welsh writer who has really
conveyed to the reader a deep understanding of that era.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
is Alis's first book about Harry and John but she is already writing a second
adventure for them. She has previously written on the medieval period.
Alis Hawkinswas born in the Forest of Dean,
Gloucestershire/Monmouthshire border. She grew up on a dairy farm near
Newcastle Emlyn – a small town on the Cardiganshire/Carmarthenshire border. She
local, bilingual village primary school, Cardigan County Comprehensive, and
later Corpus Christi College, Oxford and studied English Language and Literature.
Alis is a Welsh speaker and now lives in the Forest of Dean.
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.