I haven’t come across any of Mel Hodgekinson’s books before but love historical crime novels so this one caught my eye. I thought it was fantastic. A very intelligent plot and some convincing characters. Hodgekinson’s descriptions of Victorian life are captivating, whilst the story itself is lively and interesting. I’m hoping there will be a series to follow.
His Last Confession is a really gripping read, which shows just how good a well-written whodunit can be. The reader is constantly kept guessing by the twists and turns of the complex – but never too convoluted – plot, which makes for addictive reading. Towards the end, as Inspector Drewes and Withers get closer and closer to solving the case, it gets more and more difficult for the reader to put the book down. And the ending, when you finally get there, doesn’t disappoint.
A detective novel needs a really memorable detective to be any good at all, and His Last Confession definitely has one in Inspector Drewes. Drewes is a thinking sort of detective – like Holmes – and the best parts of the novel are those that feature his clever deductions or his acerbic wit. Withers, who is a sort of Watson to Drewes’s Holmes, is an equally well-drawn character. The reader can easily engage with these characters, and as a result quickly becomes involved with the story, curious to know whether Drewes and Withers will manage to solve the case.
Set in 1870, this exciting detective novel excellently evokes the Victorian era. The language and setting is very convincing, making for a gripping read that has the power to transport the reader instantly to that bygone time. But His Last Confession is far from a pedestrian period piece; the author also explores the murkier side of Victorian society, which is particularly fascinating. A must for fans of Conan Doyle.