May 1915. With thousands of Britons fighting in the trenches, a severely depleted police force remains behind to keep the Home Front safe. Scotland Yard is already overstretched when the sinking of the Lusitania sparks an unprecedented wave of anti-German riots and arson attacks.
Among the victims is the immigrant tailor Jacob Stein, found dead in his burnt-out shop. Initially Jacob’s killing appears to be the tragic excess of wartime hysteria – but when it transpires that Jacob had been stabbed, his safe ransacked, and his daughter Ruth raped, the possibility that these assaults were long-premeditated crimes becomes unavoidable.
Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy must take on this case of cover-ups and contradictions and track down Jacob’s killer and Ruth’s assailants.
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Scotland Yard puzzles me in this book
First I'll say that I haven't finished this yet & am trying to work up the interest to do so. I don't like not finishing a book.
I find it hard to believe how much the police tell possible suspects about crimes, all the details they give away. Why aren't they more careful? I also haven't warmed to the characters. Inspector Marmion guarantees he'll solve the murder & bring everyone to justice. Not realistic. I'm also disappointed by author's depiction of Jews. Jacob Stein's family seem cruel to his daughter. Is the author prejudiced against religions & portraying them incorrectly?
No, of course not. But I much prefer Charles Todd's Inspector Rutledge, who gives nothing away. Those mysteries happen just after WWI.
Sometimes. But I'm not sure who's speaking about half the time, especially between the inspector & his sergeant.
The people from the Lusitania. That subplot isn't interesting & seems so far to have nothing to do with main plot.
Why would the British refer to "soccer"? They've always called it "football." Was that just for Americans who aren't too bright? Tiny thing, I know, but it bugged me. A few other things seemed off to me; some things seem more 21st century than early 20th. I don't like giving a bad review, but I won't read any more Marston.
- Joy Easton
Very Disappointed in New Series
- Judith A. Weller