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  • The plot draws you in

    Rachel Savernake is a criminologist enthusiast, she is also the daughter of a now-deceased judge who ended up losing his mind after he sentenced a man to death for a crime he didn’t commit. Rachel lives in a large house with her trusted staff and helpers the Trueman’s. The book opens with Rachel trying to save a man she calls a ghost. Author Gilbert Payne, who faked his death a few years ago and is now pretending to be Bertram Jones, is on the funeral train having returned from Tangiers for his mother’s funeral. Rachel warns him that there are people on the train looking to kill him and that she will protect him but she wants to know why he faked his death and why someone wants to kill him. Gibert Payne refuses to heed her advice and help and is found dead on the train tracks later that day. Civil servant Reggie Vickers was the one who told Rachel about Gilbert as he was his friend and had hoped to save his life. Reggie is now running scared from not only people warning him to keep his mouth shut but from Rachel and her questions as she believes he knows more than he is telling. Journalist Jacob Flint has been following the case of Clive Danskin, accused of murder, the case seems to be open and shut with the verdict set to be guilty, that is until a witness comes forward at last minute and he is set free. Criminologist Leonora Dobell is at the trial and talks to Jacob. She knows that he is on friendly terms with Rachel and wants him to pass on a message to her, she would like a meet to discuss a murder. Leonora lives in Mortmain Hall. Mortmain Hall is a mystery/sleuth book set in 1930s England. Rachel Savernake is quite a reclusive young woman who spent most of her time in a big house in the country looking after her sick father. Now he has deceased she has decided to use the skills that she has learned over the last few years following the books on criminology written by Leonora Dobell. The book features many subplots from different cases that all come together in a kind of murder mystery weekend setting at Mortmain Hall. The book is completely fascinating and I just couldn’t put it down. Rachel is a phenomenal woman who is headstrong and is a match for any man of the time period. She is exceptionally wise, ruthless, and quite scary to some. I love historical detective books and this is up there with the best. The plot draws you in and has you trying to analyse everything that is happening and wondering how they are all joined together and the writing is sublime. I was completely gripped from the opening chapter to the last. If you love sleuth books then this is a must-read.

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  • Review

    Decent sequel to Gallows Court, though that was the better of the two I thought, probably because we learnt about Rachel Savernake’s backgrounder at the same time as dealing with the main mystery. Worth a read if you like murder mysteries of the old school - with this book following the traditions of the old 1920’s Cluefinders and noting the clues contained in the book at its end.

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  • It was ok

    Characters were ok the storyline was ok just not terribly exciting

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