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For fans of Elementary, Ripper Street and Sherlock Holmes - meet Jean Brash, a feisty, self-made woman turned sleuth in murky Victorian Edinburgh where crime and high society meet.
After Mistress of the Just Land, the second adventure in David Ashton's Jean Brash series....
A theatre company arrives in Leith to perform King Lear. A robbery is planned, a gruesome murder committed, both of which set Inspector James McLevy on the prowl, and Jean's past returns in the shape of the avenging son of a man she has long ago been accused of poisoning.
Even more lethally, her own lost family life resurrects in the present, as a wild young actress who trails violence and death behind her, involves Jean in a dangerous complex game that gnaws at the very root of her identity.
All this grounded in Leith's gritty backdrop - the rich exotic world of the theatre meeting the harsh reality of the streets.
Past, present and future - this unholy trinity collide to overwhelm the world of Jean Brash and involve her in a tale where the abandoned child inside her demands the right to grieve as well as feel some fractured, fleeting joy.
By the end, a chapter of Jean's life may close and a new future might be signalled in other lands and other countries....
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- U from the Sault
Wow was disappointed in this one. Story is very complex and gratuitously violent and savage - much more than before. Tried to squeeze in a lot into this one story. Left one feeling rather flat by the end of it. Not sure where it’s heading now, if anywhere.