The Detective and the Devil

Written by Lloyd Shepherd

Review written by Adam Colclough

Adam Colclough lives and works in the West Midlands, he writes regularly for a number of websites, one day he will get round to writing a book for someone else to review.

The Detective and the Devil
Simon and Schuster
RRP: £7.99
Released: April 21 2016

London 1815, Constable Horton is called to the scene of the murder of a clerk and his family in the East End. This is the start of an investigation that will draw him into the secretive world of the East India Company and the lengths it will go to secure its fortunes. Along the way he will encounter the mystical theories of John Dee and travel to the remote island of St Helena to face a killer who might just be the devil himself.

In this his fourth historical crime novel Lloyd Shepherd alchemy, mysticism and the commercial chicanery of the East India Company against a brilliantly realised early nineteenth century background. His London is a place in transition from being a city of narrow alleys along a river to the capital of an imperial power, it is also every bit as mean as its modern incarnation.

The wider world inhabited by his characters is changing too, the old superstition built around belief in magic is giving way to a newer one based on the magic of money; both, as he shows, can licence the ruthless to kill in order to gain wealth and power.

Lloyd Shepherd writes about this harsh world in a lucid and entirely believable way, helped by a sensibility for the grime and struggle of life in the horse drawn world. He cleverly mixes in allusions to notorious figures and events of the the time, these include the exile of Napoleon and the Ratcliffe Highway murders, the outrage than gave Britain a taste for true crime that endures today.

This is historical crime fiction at its very best; a book that thrills and excites its readers by taking them into a world that is at once vastly different from and strangely similar to our own. 

viagra 100 mg viagra without a doctor prescription viagra without a doctor prescription
internet drug coupons drug prescription card coupons for viagra
coupons for prescription medications pfizer viagra coupon
discount prescriptions coupons lilly cialis coupon discount card for prescription drugs
prescription discounts cards manufacturer coupons for prescription drugs free prescription discount cards
cialis coupon codes discount cialis price range generic cialis source
discount coupons for cialis go prescription coupon card
prescription drug cards prescription coupons coupon go free discount prescription card
augmentin pret site augmentin 375
voltaren dolo kenocs voltaren dolo kenocs voltaren ára
tadalafil 20mg tablets tadalafil cialis tadalafil 20 mg
claritine d claritine claritine d
adalat oros adalat oros
free prescription cards discount cialis free coupon prescription coupon coupons cialis discount coupons online
motilium cena motilium
abortion pill rights abortions facts
lamisil spray lamisil para que serve lamisil spray
prescription discount coupons printable coupons for cialis prescriptions coupons
stemetil im stemetil side effects restlessness
voltaren nedir voltaren ampul
addiyan chuk chuk addyi menopause
free trial voucher buy strattera without prescription strattera 60 mg price
electric vacuum aspiration where can i have an abortion
buy abortion pill abortion pill is wrong
how does abortion pill work how much is an abortion pill
amoxicillin dermani haqqinda amoxicillin nedir amoxicillin nedir
information about abortion pill the abortion pill cost average cost of abortion
cialis free coupon coupon for cialis prescription coupons
about abortion pill teenage abortion pill
acetazolamide 250 mg tablets acetazolamide acetazolamide blood brain barrier
neurontin 400 neurontin 400 neurontin
abortion clinic atlanta abortion clinics in cincinnati abortions nyc

Book Reviews
About Us
Contact Us

Privacy Policy | Contact Shots Editor