Having read several of the Lestrade series by M.J. Trow, I may be suffering from the "familiarity breeds boredom" phenomenon. This episode is slightly different, in that Lestrade finds himself in Scotland -- outside the legal purview of Scotland Yard -- investigating a series of murders occurring on the estate(s) of nobility. For anyone who is not familiar with this series of murder mysteries, I strongly recommend that you try at least one. You'll need to read carefully because the author inserts an overwhelming number of amusing asides, double-meanings, and the like. They are a very good read. I think my lack of enthusiasm at this point is attributable to the fact that, once I've learned the author's tendencies, they begin to become tiresome. It seems as if he is trying too hard to be "cute", which comes off as contrived. Otherwise, these books are nice alternatives to the typical murder mystery.
The story is challenging with very good plot. The description of the land, the traveling and the area made a big impact. He does not spare us from reality but develops his plot in a manner that makes me appreciate what travel used to be, how dangerous life can be, and how in the world did our ancestors survive? His plots are very mysterious so that the "who did it" does not obviously show himself or herself. You just have to keep on reading it.
I have always been a fan of Sherlock Holmes stories whether by Conan Doyle or by other authors in the same vein. Now we get to see the long suffering Inspector Lestrade as a pretty good investigator with a sense of humor. Something that both Holmes and Watson are often lacking in having. He is also very humane in his treatment of others. I love the fact that he is somewhat accident prone as I suffer from this occasionally myself! Keep up the good work Mr. Trow!
Murder is afoot among the footmen of the Royal Household. When one of the serving girls in the royal household is found murdered, the investigation of her death thrusts Sholto Lestrade into the hunt for a killer. Disguised as a schoolmaster, he follows a killer's path from castles to curbside. Traveling across England, Lestrade's investigation takes him from Balmoral Castle to Glamis Castle to the North British Hotel where he once again barely escapes death. On his official ninth case in "Lestrade And The Gift of the Prince," mystery writer MJ. Trow presents his hero, Inspector Sholto Lestrade, as being hungry for respect. Having lived in the fictional shadows of ace detective Sherlock Holmes for decades, our man Lestrade rises to become an intelligent protagonist while Holmes is portrayed as a bumbling, inept fool. M.J. Trow's Lestrade series are packed with sharp historical detail, delightful humor, and witty word-play. Sure to raise a few eyebrows, Fans of Sherlock Holmes might balk at the fun poked at their man, but Baker Street Irregulars who have kept a sense of humor will relish this story. -Sharon Galligar Chance
In the winter of our discontent, Lestrade embarks to the Highlands to save the Emperor Mum and protect the royal spirits from theft and counterfeiting. AYE, The Scots lifeblood threatened with tomfoolery, misdirection and murder most foul. Who else but Lestrade would be cashiered into action in an investigation outside his jurisdiction and elements. A fine tale of who dunnit with a language lilt and a bit of head bashing amongst harder heads than his own. M J Trow shows us that a Yard man is always comfortable no matter the circumstances or the list of charges against him. I hope he continues with his writing and his tongue and cheeky character. Entirely enjoyable.