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Dead Image: A Detective Sergeant Best Mystery (An Inspector Best Mystery Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Joan Lock
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"Finds new material among the teeming Holmesian possibilities of late-Victorian London . . . a solidly researched crime novel." --"Times"

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The explosion was heard twenty miles away. It killed boatmen and wrecked the exotic villa of Lawrence Alma-Tadema, the fashionable St John's Wood artist. But what caused the 1874 Regents Park explosion? Fenian bombs? Sabotage by rival railways or other firms? Or was it something personal? And whose was the other body found in the canal? An artist's model? The missing King's Cross barmaid? Or another victim of the so-called Thames murderer? As he struggles to find the answers, Scotland Yard's Sergeant Ernest Best straddles the conflicting worlds of art, wealth and privilege and that of the poverty-stricken canal boatmen in an intriguing mystery that will change his life forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0752464558
  • Publisher: The Mystery Press; Reprint edition (1 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0070D3OYE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #75,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Joan Lock's first book, 'Lady Policeman', described her six years as a policewoman in London's West End during the 1950s. The next, 'Reluctant Nightingale', her previous training as a nurse. Nine non-fiction, police/crime books followed including three on Scotland Yard's First Detectives and a history of the British Women Police a subject on which she is an authority. Joan has also written short stories, radio plays (some historical) and radio documentaries and has been a regular columnist for the Police Review and Red Herrings, the journal of the Crime Writers' Association.

Her crime fiction includes one modern crime novel, 'Death in Perspective' which was based around house-sitting experiences, and seven Victorian featuring the charismatic Scotland Yard Detective Ernest Best. During 2013 her second of these, 'Dead Born', was published in paperback as were her non-fiction 'The Princess Alice Disaster', and her autobiographical 'Please, Nurse!: A Student Nurse in the 1950s'. She has a web site: www.joanlock.co.uk


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing, and most satisfying mystery. 19 Mar 2012
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Set in 1874, the explosion aboard the canal boat Tilbury on an October evening in the fashionable St John's Wood area, is the backdrop to this intriguing mystery. For following the recovery of the bodies of boatmen William Taylor and the lad, and eventually the mangled body of skipper Charles Baxton, the rescuers find a fourth body, that of a slight woman with fair hair not facially recognizable. For Sergeant Ernest Best identification is further complicated when he discovers that only the Captain's are known to the manager of the Grand Junction Canal traffic. As is explained to him, all the Captains take on their own crew. So could the Captain have had his wife on board, he asks?

As the investigation progresses and several likely possibilities are eliminated, Best is faced with a widening number of avenues to investigate, the barmaid, Liza Moody missing from The Three Tuns Public House since September 30th. But as the clothing seems of good quality, possibly a lady from one of the house's in St John's Wood that border the canal, or a Lady's maid who has received the good linen from her mistress. Or, maybe another victim of the Thames murderer?

Joan Lock paints an interesting portrait of life in 1874, and the problems for a young Sergeant faced with interviewing the rich and privileged in order to uncover a murderer, and obtain justice for those less fortunate.

In the course of his investigations Ernest Best meets Helen Franks, whose sister Matilda is missing. When Best discovers that Helen has taken art lessons from Lawrence Alma-Tadema, whose house was damaged in the explosion, the case becomes even more complicated, as does his relationship with Helen Franks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Image 2 July 2013
By Damaskcat HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Detective Sergeant Best works for the Metropolitan Police. When a canal boat explodes on the canal through Regent's Park in 1874 killing and injuring several people Best finds himself trying to identify bodies including that of a young woman. Making enquiries he comes across the feisty Helen - sister of one of the missing young women who might possibly be the body in the mortuary.

This is an interesting Victorian mystery story, well written and well researched. I introduces the interesting, half Italian Best with his sad history and the up and coming Detective Constable Smith. It is a complex plot with some interesting diversions including a glimpse into several of the different groups in London at the time - artists - including Laurence Alma-Tadema - whose house is damaged by the explosion on the canal.

If you like your mysteries with a historical background then give this series a try. I hope we will be seeing the rest of the volumes in the series as e-books before too long.
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4.0 out of 5 stars well researched 19 Mar 2012
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This is a well-researched novel, full of detail of the lives and working conditions of canal boat men in the Victorian era. An intriguing mystery with some well-drawn characters and an unusual romance.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dead Image 2 July 2013
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Format:Kindle Edition
Detective Sergeant Best works for the Metropolitan Police. When a canal boat explodes on the canal through Regent's Park in 1874 killing and injuring several people Best finds himself trying to identify bodies including that of a young woman. Making enquiries he comes across the feisty Helen - sister of one of the missing young women who might possibly be the body in the mortuary.

This is an interesting Victorian mystery story, well written and well researched. I introduces the interesting, half Italian Best with his sad history and the up and coming Detective Constable Smith. It is a complex plot with some interesting diversions including a glimpse into several of the different groups in London at the time - artists - including Laurence Alma-Tadema - whose house is damaged by the explosion on the canal.

If you like your mysteries with a historical background then give this series a try. I hope we will be seeing the rest of the volumes in the series as e-books before too long.
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