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Trick of the Light (An Inspector McLevy Mystery)

Trick of the Light (An Inspector McLevy Mystery) [Kindle Edition]

David Ashton
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David Ashton impeccably evokes Edinburgh so vividly that you feel the cold in your bones --Financial Times

'Elegant and convincing' --The Times

'Elegant and convincing' --The Times


'David Ashton, like Robert Louis Stevenson or Ian Rankin, is inspired by the beauty-and-beast nature of Edinburgh. His interpretation of James McLevy is worthy of the original man' SHERLOCK HOLMES SOCIETY 'McLevy is a sort of Victorian Morse with a heart' FINANCIAL TIMES

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 581 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Polygon (1 May 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00796EAWC
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #17,230 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining tale set in old Edinburgh 23 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This is book three in the Inspector McLevy series and should really be read in sequence as David Ashton has built on the various characters as he develops each of the novels. By book three they transform in to well known and well loved character whose traits are easily rcogniable to the reader.
In this story Ashton weaves Arthur Conan Doyle through the book and one is left to ponder how much of Sherlock Holmes is reflected in Inspector Mclevy (or should that be the other way around!). There are enough twists in the tale to keep the reader interested right up to the very end.
Hopefully we will see further stories emerge and build further on the characters. Surprised that the books have not made their way on top either the big or the small screen, they have the potential for a lot of humour as well as being murder mysteries and I can already imagine some well known Scottish actors in the various roles
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid evocation of Leith in Victorian times 9 Nov 2010
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I got to know David Ashton's stories about James McLevy "inspector of police" through dramatizations by BBC Radio Scotland on Radio 4. As far as I know the author first wrote a series of McLevy stories that were broadcast as short radio plays and then has combined several of the investigations to create this book. I recognized the investigations and as I read could hear the wonderful voices of actor Brian Cox, who plays McLevy, and Siobham Redmond who plays the feisty madam of the Happy Land brothel in Leith. There's a suggestion of a previous relationship between McLevy and Jean but it's never elaborated other than their mutual love of good coffee.

Ashton's writings evoke the seedy underworld that was Leith: the latter an area of dockland that later became incorporated into Edinburgh, which, well into the 20th century was not a place you'd want to walk in alone late at night.
The book has not only a great sense of place and but is also full of humour with dialogue that captures the speech patterns and colloquial language of the area. Some of the latter words will be unfamiliar to many but their meaning is often discernible from the way they sound. e.g., dreich = a dull, overcast day; to boak = to vomit.

A robbery, that may be an inside job; a turf war between Jean Brash and a competing brothel madam; secret agents connected with the American Civil War and a Spiritualist medium all provide threads in this very enjoyable book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mediums and Murder 13 Oct 2010
Another delicious, intriguing McLevy mystery. Ashton's evocation of Victorian Edinburgh is joyous. McLevy, as carnaptious and crusty as ever, educates a young and eager medical student named Arthur Conan Doyle in the interpretation and evaluation of clues, while sorting out murder mayhem and some shady paranormal goings on.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good summer read 25 Aug 2011
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In Inspector Mclevy David Ashton has created an excellent addition to the Scottish crime genre. Set in Victorian Leith the grimy and exciting port of Edinburgh.

Flawed as a detective should be he wages his war based on right and wrong rather than just the law.

I have already recommended this series to other Kindle users
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mclevy Mysteries 18 April 2012
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One bood of a great detective series. The descriptions of society and atmosphere of Leith in the late 19th Century, in which the book is set, is excellent. The description of Detective Mclevy's emotions and relationships, including with a feral cat, are great.

The interlacing of real characters from history is a bit fanciful, but immediately gives the story a context; however the author also provides a detailed explanation of the context of the story within society of that time . The pace is good and probably reflects the origins of the main character in radio plays.

I should hope for more books of the same characters.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A bit harder going than the previous two books 29 Feb 2012
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Although the title of my review suggests this may not be a good read, I have only criticised it in comparison with the previous two books as they are truly excellent reads. This one, as I say, I found a bit harder going. It seems to me that the author was trying too hard to fit as much as possible into the story and quite frankly the presence of Arthur Conan Doyle, whilst interesting at first, became an encumbrance later on with too many coincidental meetings between Mclevy, Mukholland and Doyle being my main bugbear. Having said all that this is still head and shoulders above the competition and the series should be much more popular than it appears to be. There was probably enough material here for two books with a bit of filling out of character and place, both of which incidentally, is beautifully described in this book as well as the others which makes the series the joy it is. I've just discovered the radio plays on Audible and I can heartily recommend them as well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could have wept... 8 Jan 2011
...when I finished this, the third of David Ashton's excellent McLevy novels. Why? Because it's just so damn brilliant, that I was in mourning for the lack of a fourth book to move onto instantly. Wonderfully written and observed, brimful of characters you can associate with instantly. At once tense, then spiked with humour, mostly inspired by the eponymous hero of the hour. I haven't yet caught up with the audio McLevy's though I intend to. I simply imagined Ken Stott of Rebus fame, as McLevy and it worked perfectly...for me at any rate. Invest in these books. You will not be disappointed.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fan of inspector McLevy
Published 2 days ago by Ann Coulson
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
If you like the McLevy Radio Serial on BBC radio 4, you will love this series of novelisations.
Published 16 days ago by John Bell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Another well written and easy to read mystery. Good characterization and plots ... more please..
Published 1 month ago by Susan G
1.0 out of 5 stars Extremely disappointing
I loved the first two books and was thus tempted to buy this one. Wish I had saved my money. The plot is convoluted and boring, too many threads for real enjoyment. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Jennie Lancashire border
2.0 out of 5 stars Pretty dull
This is apparently the third book in the series and they should be read in order but I can't see me having the enthusiasm to read one and two if they are anything like this. Read more
Published 3 months ago by janner37
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
unable to get into this one may never finish it! perhaps giving up to easily. may try again when doing nothing else.
Published 4 months ago by Barbara
3.0 out of 5 stars Slow
I quite liked the book but thought it a bit slow and couldn't like the main character, I like the way Conan Doyle was brought in to the book though
Published 5 months ago by Claudia Kessler
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing given the predominance of good reviews
I persevered with this book, hoping it would improve and engage my imagination. Given the predominance of good reviews and distinct lack of poor ones, I began to wonder if the... Read more
Published 5 months ago by SteveN
4.0 out of 5 stars good read.
Definitely something a bit different, I found this a good, easy read with interesting characters and an OK story although it became rather convoluted and implausible in parts.
Published 5 months ago by garrisonhalibut
5.0 out of 5 stars Trick of the Light
Excellent. A well paced novel full of twists and turns all interwoven with an imaginary young Arthur Conan Doyle at the beginning of his own career.
Published 5 months ago by marra1
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