Lestrade in Love!
Test of the Professionals I: The Adventure of the Flying Blue Pidgeon by Marcia Wilson
My thanks to Steve and Timi at MX Publishing for my review copy of this book. You guys have been most generous.
This is a case that follows Inspector Lestrade as he attempts to solve a mystery involving the Irish Rebellion.
There has been a rash of thefts in London. Roofing lead seems to be vanishing from rooftops all across London. With the loss of the lead there have been roofs collapsing. Clea Cheatham reports the theft of parts of her inventory. The goods are packed in specialized barrels and have been going missing a few at a time.
Lestrade has been chatting up Clea, who owns her own tavern. Clea comes from a line of wrestlers who make their living by the fights and is the only girl in a large family.
They disapprove of Lestrade and the flame is being fanned by a man named Jethro Quimper. Quimper has the Cheatham family in his grasp and he wants Clea. The Cheathams are poor now, but they still have a respectable name. Quimper wants to marry his money to their respectability.
We are given a flash into Lestrade’s past as his parents have been murdered. A cryptic message at the scene reads “She was mine.” It seems that Lestrade’s mother was forced to make a choice of suitors, and chose Lestrade’s father. Her other beau had recently escaped from prison…
Between the continuing drama of Lestrade and Clea, the rash of thefts, and the Fenian Threat, enough mystery is going on to satisfy the reader. I did find the action sometimes disjointed, but there is a solid story here.
I give the book four stars…
Quoth the Raven…