Thursday, 21 December 2017
Red Sky Over Dartmoor
It takes the reader back to A september morning in 1920. The sky above the small Devonshire village is a vivid red and three former soldiers are meeting together.
The story slips back to 1918 and moves forward with a train of linked events, including examples of bravery, rivalry, cowardice and even homicide.
Canadian artillery captain Marc Bergeron can't keep himself out of strife. Bombardier Ryan is his sidekick, an Irishman who is handy with his fists and a dead shot with a Mauser pistol.
Whilst participating in the fighting in France, Captain Bergeron meets the utterly useless and incompetent Major Cross and the reprehensible Captain Wadham. Cross and Wadham both seem for some reason, to have an axe to grind with one of their own NCOs.
When two suspicious deaths take place which are not connected to the military actions of war, Captain Bergeron is hell bent on finding out who was responsible and to making sure that the two murder victims get justice.
Which is why one of the three old soldiers will soon meet his death, belated though it might have been.
This is an extremely well-researched and very well-written book which is an ideal Chirstmas gift for those who like a well-crafted novel.
It's published by Matador at £8.99 and can be ordered at https://goo.gl/wdCFDG.