I received a copy of A GENTLEMAN’S MURDER by Christopher Huang from Inkshare’s publishers and I was so excited about it. Not only is the cover stunning and the pages beautiful but the synopsis will lure you in as well.
This is Christopher Huang’s debut novel.
A Gentleman’s Murder by Christopher Huang
Overview – Spoiler Alert: Low
The year is 1924. The cobblestoned streets of St. James ring with jazz as Britain races forward into an age of peace and prosperity. London’s back alleys, however, are filled with broken soldiers and still enshadowed by the lingering horrors of the Great War.
Only a few years removed from the trenches of Flanders himself, Lieutenant Eric Peterkin has just been granted membership in the most prestigious soldiers-only club in London: The Britannia. But when a gentleman’s wager ends with a member stabbed to death, the victim’s last words echo in the Lieutenant’s head: that he would “soon right a great wrong from the past.”
Eric is certain that one of his fellow members is the murderer: but who? Captain Mortimer Wolfe, the soldier’s soldier thrice escaped from German custody? Second Lieutenant Oliver Saxon, the brilliant codebreaker? Or Captain Edward Aldershott, the steely club president whose Savile Row suits hide a frightening collision of mustard gas scars?
Eric’s investigation will draw him far from the marbled halls of the Britannia, to the shadowy remains of a dilapidated war hospital and the heroin dens of Limehouse. And as the facade of gentlemenhood cracks, Eric faces a Matryoshka doll of murder, vice, and secrets pointing not only to the officers of his own club but the very investigator assigned by Scotland Yard.
Review – Spoiler Alert: Low
A Gentleman’s Murder had me from page one. It is a traditional murder mystery that is set in London post World War 1 and the author did an excellent job at capturing the language, and culture of the time, along with including a lot of historical detail. The novel also confronts some very hard issues of the time as well such as oppression, PTSD, and just general life post war.
The book is slow to start but it is a very well written murder mystery that is definitely worth taking the time to read.
A strong debut, and I am looking forward to the author’s future work.
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