It is 1824, and trust in the virtual money of the day - new paper financial instruments - is so fragile that anyone forging them is sent to the scaffold. So why would one of London's most respected bankers start forging his clients' signatures?
Sent to arrest Henry Fauntleroy, Constable Samuel Plank is determined to find out why the banker has risked his reputation, his banking house, and his neck - and why he is so determined to plead guilty. As the case makes its way through the Regency justice system, exercising the finest legal minds of their generation and dividing London society into the banker's supporters and detractors, Plank races against time to find the answers that can save Fauntleroy's life.
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This is a great novel as it's looking into why a man committed a crime rather than who committed the crime. I thought that that was a very interesting take on a novel about financial crime, made ever greater by the fact that its set in Victorian London and financial forgery would get you hung.
The main character - Sam Plank - is great and you get a very Holmes and Watson feel from Plank and his wife. It was brilliant.
I enjoyed Fatal Forgery. The storyline and narration were good. Guy Hanson as Constable Sam Plank brought the whole story to life and I was transported to Victorian London. I did like it when Sam got excited at the trial and with all the different character witnesses quite quick fire. Felt like a Sherlock Holmes in Part and a James McLevy but without the sidekick.
The main downside is that this is the first in the Sam Plank series to be made available through Audible and I would really like to listen to the next one now to follow the story. So can you please get on with this now.
Please note that this review was undertaken through The Good Reads audiobook programme.
Edinburgh September 2016