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A Trick of the Light Audiobook

A Trick of the Light: An Inspector McLevy Mystery 3

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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton

What the Critics Say

"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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    M. Davee 06-13-16
    M. Davee 06-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Terrible narration"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Trick of the Light?

    Not a good moment when I realized I would have to spend 12 hours listening to Ashton's overblown oration.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    Yes, as long as Ashton didn't narrat it. It's a good story.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Love the series, but very weak story"

    Kept going off at tangents. Weak story with lots of unrelated filling He has developed characters well

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