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by Andrew Pepper

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ISBN: 0297855271
ISBN13: 978-0297855279
Category: Literature
Subcategory: Contemporary
Author: Andrew Pepper
Language: English
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson; First Edition edition (February 10, 2010)
Pages: 336 pages
ePUB size: 1572 kb
FB2 size: 1208 kb
Rating: 4.6
Votes: 345
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Not a great piece of literature by any means - but it was fun, and I loved the author's depiction of 19th Century England.
This is the 4th book in the Victorian mystery series featuring Detective Pyke. I haven't read any of the first three so I can't compare this with the earlier ones.

Pyke had a chequered past, he had been convicted of murder and sentenced to hang, only to escape and earn a full pardon, he had also served some time in the debtors prison.

He was certainly no goody goody but he was a good policeman and "as he looked down at the was his job to remain detached, to see things as they were, but it was hard work to look at the crime scene and not feel a twinge of excitement. An abomination had been perpetrated and it was his job to find the man or men responsible.
At bottom, it was why he'd agreed to join the police force; because he loved the thrill of the chase."

He had a strained relationship with his 14 year old son, a strained relationship with his superiors and an equally strained relationship with his peers in the Detective Branch. All in all, he's not very good with people.

What started off as a routine robbery/murder soon turned into a complicated story of a stolen church artefact, a man accused of murdering a child, past murders that may or may not be related to this murder investigation and other surprising turn of events.

This was a better than average mystery which seemed slow at the beginning, there were a lot of characters to remember but once the story had developed I became thoroughly engrossed and had no idea which way it was going to go.
I stumbled upon this while browsing one day on my holidays, and started reading thinking it would be a simple historical mystery to skim through.
The first few pages intrigued me, but then it really picked up. This wasn't some trashy story, instead it was a really well written, well plotted and captivating mystery. Only once I was a third of the way in did I start looking up the author and discovered this was the fourth in a series. Not that it lost anything - the book is totally self contained, but it did reveal a few facts (about Pyke's wife) that will likely dampen the second in the series (I'll be reading all of them now).
The mystery itself is nicely paced, the characters are all interesting, and the decisions Pyke makes with his son and other personal relationships are at time quite touching.
Best of all though, the end is totally satisfying (I hate unresolved or unhappy endings) and left me cheering for the morally ambiguous, brutal and definitely flawed hero.