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In the fog-shrouded autumn of 1873 a man dies violently while searching a burial chamber on the outskirts of the city of Salisbury. At the same time Tom Ansell, a young lawyer, arrives from London to receive a manuscript from one of the Cathedral Canons.

Felix Slater wants the compromising memoirs of his late father to be locked away until after his own death. But Slater's death comes much sooner than expected, and it is Tom who discovers the clergyman's body and comes under suspicion for his murder. The manuscript has disappeared. To clear himself, Tom must go in search of the real culprit.

©2009 Philip Gooden; (P)2009 Oakhill Publishing Ltd

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"The witty narrative, laced with puns and word play so popular with this period,makes this an enjoayble racy tale." (Sunday Telegraph)

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  • connie
  • Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
  • 01-27-10

clever, better than average Victorian mystery

-the kind in which setting and atmosphere are as important as plot. Very well narrated - Bruce voices the tale almost tongue-in-cheek. If Trollope had turned his hand to mystery, it might have turned out like this novel-- Set in a Cathedral town, it's sprinkled with late Victorian gentlemen turning their hands to natural science, ambitious clerics, dissolute gentry hanging on to the trappings of an earlier time, and a villain Thomas Hardy could have sketched.

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  • alison
  • 11-26-11

poor

a very disappointing laborious read with drags on and which lacks direction. a real disappointment

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  • Rogayah
  • 03-02-10

Strictly Victorian

I am sorry that i could not get into this story and found it stiff and very Victorian in flavour. The atmosphere was well evoked of fog and oddly behaved characters but it all seemed so wooden.

In conclusion it was sadly uninteresting and difficult to become involved in the characters and the story.

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