From the author who brought us the best selling Alex Rider Series, two Sherlock Holmes books ( House of Silk and Moriarty) including numerous other works. as well as being the creator and writer on ITV’s Foyle’s War. Comes a new who dunnit mystery which has all the hallmarks of Holmes brilliance and Poirot cunning.
The book opens with editor Susan Ryeland about to sit down to read the latest manuscript in the Atticus Pund series, a detective series written by the fictional writer Alan Conway. Susan has worked with Alan for many years and has a love hate relationship the love being that she adores his novels, but cant stand the man. However as the story continues she begins to notice frightening similarities between the fictional world in which Conway has created, and what is taking place within the real world. This takes her on a path that will change her life forever.
What makes this story unique however is that it is two murders within one. Told from two separate narratives. One being Atticus Pund the brilliant detective, sent to investigate a suspected suicide of a villager everyone disliked for as we later discover her observations of each inhabitant in the sleepy little village of Saxonby upon Avon are true. The other being Susan Ryeland the editor charged with helping us understand what is occurring. This can get some getting used to, as you try to keep up with the frantic pace in which both stories are delivered. But once you do this allows for a tale that will have you staying well up into the early hours of the morning, as you become your very own Atticus Pund taking to solve the case.
This story is everything you need in a murder mystery. Red herrings, multiple suspects with so many dark secrets that seem to tangle you up into a web, and a detective that has you glued from the moment he is introduced. Now yes a lot of Agatha Christie’s work is used to inform Conway’s work, but this only helps add to the character in which Anthony has created. Conway is so well written that you feel like he is someone you could meet in a bar.
This story takes us as readers back to the golden age of crime writing. Murders, villages with dark secrets, and a magnificent detective who they all try and escape. It a delicious mix of Midsummer murders meets Poirot and for me it is a must read.
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