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Another Intriguing Mystery
5 February 2018
Personal Detective Sidney Grice and his ward, March Middleton are back with another intriguing mystery for us to get our teeth into. With murder and vicious assaults on women, it looks like the pair are in the deep of it, as they set out to initially investigate who attacked a young woman. But of course, things are never easy when you enter the world of Grice.
As Sidney and March start their investigations there always seems to be a Prussian aristocrat as a prime suspect; but claiming diplomatic immunity, is he really involved with the crimes? And as they track back the life of the woman who has called upon them, so they find some interesting details – but not to do with the current case.
For those who are coming to this series for the first time, then I can assure you that this can be read as a standalone novel, although if you have read others you will have a deeper understanding of the main characters and their foibles. Sidney Grice is very much a parody of Sherlock Holmes, and you will see a couple of that fictional detective’s cases alluded to, as well as a couple of real cases, with the mention of a very famous serial killer.
There is humour here, although not as much as in other books in this series, and this is definitely a very dark and nasty case, reminding us all of the sorts of crimes that went on in London, both back in the 19th Century, as well as now. In all this is another great addition to this series, which has become so popular with many of us.