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Published by Severn House, 31
May 2019. ISBN: 978-0-7278-8888-4 (HB)
Joseph Levy, the son of Ben Levy and nephew of Abraham
Levy is engaged to be married to Rebecca Goldman who he has known since
childhood. The Goldman’s have moved to Lincoln and it had become a regular habit
for Joseph to travel from London to stay with his fiancée.On the 3rd February 1929, Rebecca’s family
saw him board the London train at Lincoln station.But he did not arrive.
Now on the 20th
February 1929 with no news of Joseph, a worried Abraham seeks help from
Detective Chief Inspector Henry Johnston whom he had encountered on an earlier
investigation Henry had dealt with.Abraham
explains to Henry and Sergeant Mickey Hitchens that the local police have done
very little, saying that as Joseph is an adult and learning further that Joseph
had an altercation with his fiancée and that they parted on bad terms, that he
has probably got cold feet about the marriage and gone off on his own for a while.
But Abraham insists that Joseph would have made contact with someone in the family.
He says ‘It does not help that we are Jews’. Henry explains that they are murder
detectives and that this is not in their remit. However, with no contact
Abraham is convinced that Joseph is dead. With reluctance Henry agrees to look into the case.
enquires of the local police show that they have done all they probably could,
but as Henry probes deeper, things turn up unexpectedly that lead him to think
that Joseph’s disappearance might be more complicated than he had first
Jane paints a bleak
picture of life for the poorer classes in 1929.Although the gangs that control the East End of London seem to echo the
situation we have today. Sergeant Mickey
Hitchens has grown up in the area. I liked Mickey very much. He is sensible and
at times he saves a situation from going wrong.
On the other side of the
coin we have Henry’s family. His sister Cynthia who is his friend and
confident.Cynthia has problems too,
mainly that her husband Albert is a pushover for a ‘sure investment’.This is 1929 and the financial world is rocky
I found this a
fascinating book.Apart from the intriguing
mystery, the background to the period is interesting being set at the time of
economic unrest, and the situation in Germany. Also the anti-Semitism that
existed is explained sensitively and with understanding. Recommended.
Jane Adams was born in Leicestershire, where
she still lives. She has a degree in Sociology and has held a variety of jobs
including lead vocalist in a folk-rock band. She enjoys pen and ink drawing;
martial arts and her ambition is to travel the length of the Silk Road by
motorbike. Her first book, The Greenway,
was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Award in 1995 and for the Author's
Club Best First Novel Award. Jane writes several series.Her first series featured Mike Croft. There
are several books featuring DS Ray Flowers. Twelve titles featuring blind
Naoimi Blake, and more recently seven books featuring Rina Martin. Her latest
series is set in the 1920’s and features Chief Inspector Henry Johnson. Jane
has also written three standalone novels. She is married with two children.