London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy.
Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the third in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh.
Halloween 1881, Edinburgh, and the dead are restless. In respectable Edinburgh society, beautiful young American spiritualist Sophia Adler is causing a furor with her dramatic séances. But the ghosts of the past seem hell-bent on retribution.
Inspector James McLevy finds his investigations distracted by more earthly concerns when Muriel Grierson, an outwardly genteel widow, is robbed at home. Her knight in shining armour - one Arthur Conan Doyle, recently graduated from medical school - is keen to learn from such a master of detection as the renowned inspector, but McLevy is less sure that he requires a new acolyte.
A vicious murder occurs with evidence of supernatural strength and violence. Treachery revenged from a battle long ago. All roads lead to Sophia Adler, and the inspector becomes involved with one of the most dangerous women he has ever encountered.
"David Ashton impeccably evokes Edinburgh." (Financial Times)
"Elegant and convincing." (The Times)
"Ashton is the direct heir to Robert Louis Stevenson." (Brian Cox)
"Excellent." (The Sherlock Holmes Society)
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The story is very good but narratator is terrible. Won't download the other two books. I have two more hours to suffer through but will finish it to see how it ends.
Not a good moment when I realized I would have to spend 12 hours listening to Ashton's overblown oration.
Yes. This is a perfect example of the mistake of allowing an author to read his own works. A reviewer of the first Inspector McLeavy mystery had the same complaints.
Yes, as long as Ashton didn't narrat it. It's a good story.
- M. Davee
Recording is missing last eight chapter (10/20/16)