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Published by Corsair, 6 July
2017. ISBN: 978-1-4721-5243-5
In the city of York, a young gentleman, Fletcher
Rigge, is rescued from Debtors prison by a gentleman who has offered to pay his
debts if he will solve a murder. We are in the Georgian world of 1799 in
a very snowy York. The novel is an epistolary one - the letters and
depositions contain conversations and thoughts which move the story forwards
very well. The characters and their quirks of behaviour make for a
Rigge attempts to trace the people whose shades the murdered man had produced
in the several days before his death. The term shade describes what is
more commonly referred to as a silhouette, black on white paper usually.
The victim was a talented man and he was stabbed with the scissors he used for
employer is the son of the artist, captain Robin Harvey, who lives in a
tumbledown house with a manservant and a lady called Esther - a very irregular
household. The victim had his own house, run by his sister, Susan.
The layers of confusion, accidental or deliberate, proliferate as the book
proceeds. Who can be trusted? Will Rigge identify the murderer or
is the point of the story elsewhere? In such a cleverly written
book you don't know whose story to trust.
background of the debtors’ prison in wintery York is perfectly delineated as is
the process of doing a shade or silhouette.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Andrew Martingrew up in Yorkshire.
After qualifying as a barrister, he won The Spectator Young Writer of the Year
Award, 1988. Since, he has written for The Guardian, the Daily and Sunday
Telegraph, the Independent and Granta, among many other publications. His
columns have appeared in the Independent on Sunday and the New Statesman. His
Jim Stringer novels – railway thrillers – have been published by Faber and
Faber since 2002.
PalmerThroughout 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