The Puzzle of Blackstone Lodge
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Rachel Savernake investigates a bizarre locked-room puzzle in this delicious Gothic mystery from the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger.
1930. Nell Fagan is a journalist on the trail of an intriguing and bizarre mystery: in 1606, a man vanished from a locked gatehouse in a remote Yorkshire village, and 300 years later, it happened again. Nell confides in the best sleuth she knows, judge's daughter Rachel Savernake. Thank goodness she did, because barely a week later Nell disappears, and Rachel is left to put together the pieces of the puzzle.
qLooking for answers, Rachel travels to lonely Blackstone Fell in Yorkshire, with its eerie moor and sinister tower. With help from her friend Jacob Flint – who's determined to expose a fraudulent clairvoyant – Rachel will risk her life to bring an end to the disappearances and bring the truth to light.
A dazzling mystery peopled by clerics and medics; reporters and rogues, Blackstone Fell explores the shadowy borderlands between spiritual and scientific; between sanity and madness; and between virtue and deadly sin.
Praise for Martin Edwards:
'Martin Edwards celebrates and satirises the genre with wit and affection... He leaves you wanting more.' The Times
'A pitch-perfect blend of Golden Age charm and sinister modern suspense.' Lee Child
'Edwards has managed, brilliantly, to combine a Golden Age setting with a pace that is bang up-to-date.' Peter James
- Case Count: 24
- Series: Rachel Savernake Golden Age Mysteries , Book 3
"A triple-decker banquet honoring the golden age of mysteries and bidding fair to continue it to the present." — Kirkus Reviews
"a satisfying puzzle for established genre fans and a good starting point for readers looking to dip their toes into Agatha Christie-adjacent fare." — Publishers Weekly
"Eugenics, seances, disappearances, and multiple murders. What more could one want in a mystery?" — New York Journal of Books