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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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By Dee Murray on 09-29-17
My husband and I greatly enjoyed this book. Siobhan Redmond's acting is a joy. From bawdy house keeper to King Leer we were hanging on her every word. An exciting tale with plenty of historical atmosphere, great characters (Plooky Galbraith is very real), murders galore and the enjoyable Hannah Semple and Constable Mulholland. Laughs, joy and pathos this book is worth your time. We only wish that Brian Cox had read it too. David Ashton is an accomplished actor. He played McLevy, Roach and Mulholland well. We weren't so keen on his delivery as the narrator.
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By T S. on 06-29-18
What a sweet, sad and reassuring story!
This book will not disappoint you. Beautiful, soft narration. Captivating , fast plot. You can't doze off for a chapter. One feels sympathy towards most characters even the most evil ones. I listened to all of this authors novels available on audible. I hope David Ashton will create and narrate more exciting novels in the future. Can't wait.