Sunday, 15 July 2018
The Steampunk Murder
This is probably my pick of the Summer reads.
Inspector Carmichael is a very genuine and plausible police detective. He's no super sleuth, but then neither is a a shabby breaker of rules just because he can break them. He is a working copper who always gets results.
But this case tests him and his team to the limits in some ways, as it introduces him to the rather weird subculture of Steampunk.
Kendal Michelson is a leading light in the Northwest England Steampunk movement. That is he was, until someone rather cruelly put his light out by murdering him. By rather gruesomely imaling him on his own sword.
But Kendal was a popular young man, so who would have a motive for murdering him?
Could it be one of his apparently close friends in the Steampunk movement? One of his former partners? And even if they didn't actually kill him, do they know more than they are revealing to Inspector Carmichael and his team of detectives?
Then there's Kendal's father, a self made millionaire who made his fortune in making sweets. Does he know anything about who might have had a motive to murder his son?
But before the end of the investigation more murders are committed and it becomes clear that the local Steampunk scene is a lot more than just wearing fancy, Victorian-based clothing and monocles.
So... who is committing the murders and why?
Take this book with you to the holiday destination of your choice and you'll have to be prised from it to leave your deckchair!
It's published by The Book Guild at £8.99 and will make an excellent gift for the mystery lover in your life.