This exciting mystery featuring Ensign Early is the 2nd part of this wonderful series. The story is once again set in South Africa, and situated in the year AD 1879, when Ensign Early finds himself as the Provost-Marshal in the British Army at Landman's Drift. The tale is once more told in a very engaging and thrilling way, and because of that it makes this tale such a joy to read. This book really starts off when the Army is preparing itself for another fight in the Anglo-Zulu Wars, when all of a sudden an unidentified corpse turns up in camp after a reported hunting accident. When eventually Ensign Early discovers that the man has been killed in a duel, that man's death should thus be treated as manslaughter or even murder, and so he sets off to investigate further. So while Ensign Early tries to get to the bottom of this mystery, he discovers finally that the man was a Lieutenant, and that the Officer classes are now closing ranks behind a gentleman's code. What follows is a determined Ensign Early, who with vigour and grit, and not to forget with some twists and turns, will get to the bottom of this case, where he will finally discover the culprit of this horrible murder. This wonderful and gripping mystery has been for me "A Delightful Early Sequel"!
As the second book in this new series we are learning something more of the indomitable Seb Early, Ensign and Provost-Marshall. Set around the Battle of Ulundi which was to end the Zulu War the story is interesting and varied. We encounter Major Jack Crossman once again and Corporal Evans and Sam Weary are boom companions in these law breaking adventures. A particulalry interesting study of the officer class and the perceived honour code shared amongst them. What next for our hero, possibly a return to the UK but I think Egypt might be his next destination or even India? Hope Seb has some promotion he deserves it for all his industry!
The second outing for Ensign Sebastian Early in his role as the Provost-Marshal with the British army at the encampment at Landmans Drift.When a reported hunting accident turns out to be murder under the guise of a duel,Sebastian and corporal Evans have their attempts to find the perpetrators continually thwarted when the officer classes close ranks behind a gentlemen`s code.Once again Garry Douglas with his passion and in-depth research for the period, he brings to life the charactors and vivid battle scenes of the Zulu war.It was nice to have a cameo appearance by Captain Jack,i wonder when we be having more adventures from the good Captain,still Sebastian is keeping the flag flying,more please soon.