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Exceptional debut novel.,
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This review is from: A Murderous Affair (Kindle Edition)
This is a combined murder-mystery/political thriller/historical novel all rolled together in a page-turning romp through the streets of Elizabethan London.
John Lovat, the very likeable hero and detective in this story, was born on the wrong side of the sheets, much to his detriment. His father was titled, his mother a maid, and his half-brother, Robert, got the fortune and the title when their father died. In Robert’s domain, his illegitimate half-brother’s status is below his servants in the pecking order. Following the murder of a guest at his brother’s house, John is called upon to use his detective skills to solve the murder. John is drawn into a web of political intrigue and treachery.
Not many writers would be so bold as to combine so many genres in one story but Johathan Digby achieves this with aplomb. Mystery, suspense, humour, romance, and fabulous historical detail; this novel has them all. That this is the author’s debut novel makes his achievement all the more remarkable. The quality and quantity of historical detail woven seamlessly into the story is exceptional. I thoroughly enjoyed it.