So, when a beautiful young woman turns up at the door, imploring London's foremost private detective to solve the mystery of her father's murder, Grice can barely disguise his glee.
Mr. Nathan Garstang was found slaughtered in his bed, but there is no trace of a weapon or intruder. A classic locked-room case. But what piques Grice's interest is the crime's link to one of London's most notorious unsolved murders. Ten years ago, Nathan's uncle aunt and servants were murdered in their sleep in the very same house.
Now, it seems, the Garstang murderer is back...
- ISBN-13: 9781681773582
- ISBN-10: 1681773589
- Publisher: Pegasus Books
- Publish Date: April 2017
- Page Count: 512
- Dimensions: 8.9 x 6.1 x 2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.45 pounds
Series: Gower Street Detective #1
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2017-02-20
- Reviewer: Staff
Kasasians fourth Victorian-era whodunit featuring the misanthropic Sidney Grice and his ward, March Middleton, falls short of the high standard set by such previous entries as 2016s Death Descends on Saturn Villa, which cleverly integrated humor into Grand Guignol plot lines without diluting the horror or the puzzle. In this outing, Grices snark; the malapropisms of his inept maid, Molly; and tongue-in-cheek referencesa doctor recommends Dr Lestrades Nerve Tonic, Gregsons Cocaine tablets and... Mycrofts Extra Strength Laudanumdistract from what should have been a compelling mystery. Charity Goodsmile consults Grice and Middleton about the murder of her father, Nathan Mortlock, in his London home. Mortlocks valet, Austin Hesketh, discovered his master in bed with his throat cut shortly after returning from visiting his mother; 11 years earlier, Hesketh was on a similar excursion when Mortlocks father and five others were massacred. Grices investigation of Mortlocks murder expands to include the older ones. Given the brilliance of earlier volumes, fans can hope for a return to form next time. (Apr.)