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Another cracking historical mystery,
This review is from: Kill-Devil And Water: A Pyke Mystery (Pyke Mysteries) (Hardcover)
Kill-Devil and Water is the 3rd instalment in the Pyke series and it's another cracking read. The pace is terrific and the story line sweeps from London's back streets to Jamaica's plantations. The descriptions of life in 1840 are so good at one point while the action moved into a butchers shop I actually smelt the smells of butchers shop, I haven't stepped foot in butchers shop for 20 years, but the memory and the smells came flooding back. Pyke is struggling to become a better man and father after being released from debtors prison and becomes obsessed with finding the killer of a young woman brutally murdered in an effort to prove his worth to his son.
This series reminds me more and more of Raymond Chandler, the writing is that good, the pain of a man trying to be good in a world that demands he be cruel and his anger at wealth, greed and corruption is worthy of the master himself.
Exciting, poignant, compelling reading for fans of historical and crime literature alike.
If you haven't discovered the Pyke series yet, jump in now, lets hope there plenty more to come.