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Dead Letters

Lock, Joan

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ISBN 10: 0727859692 / ISBN 13: 9780727859693
Published by Severn House Publishers June 2003, 2003
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: Dead Letters

Publisher: Severn House Publishers June 2003

Publication Date: 2003

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: 1st Edition

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A compelling crime novel full of wonderful period detail of Victorian London and featuring the charismatic Inspector Ernest Best featured in Dead Image and Dead Born It is a beautiful warm August day in 1880: perfect weather for the Metropolitan and City Police Annual Fete held at Alexandra Palace. Inspector Best is summoned to uncover the identity of 'Quicksilver' who has sent an anonymous note threatening to cause an horrific explosion at the event. When a second note is received and its threats become increasingly confusing with their literary allusions, Best seeks out the help of Helen Franks, a close friend from the past. However, is Quicksilver really intent on causing mass injury on this fine day, or is his desire of a more personal nature?

From the Author:

I first came upon mention of the Annual Metropolitan and City Police Fete at the Alexandra Palace when I was searching newspapers for baby-farming information for the previous Inspector Best novel. I was amazed by how big an event the Fete appeared to be and with what an ambitious programme. This included everything from West End shows to a circus. There were also eleven police bands, police athletics, balloon rides, a magic show, a fairground with the latest Three-Abreast Galloper steam roundabout, an orchestral concert, a Metropolitan Police Minstrel performance, and a firework display - you name it . . .  I was also surprised by the thousands of people the Fete attracted and the attention it received in the Press - even the Nationals.    I was casting around for a setting for the next Best novel and this seemed to be a full and fascinating one so I would not require the addition of a dramatic real-life event.  The Fete had sufficient potential drama. This time I would go it alone.      As usual a great deal of research would be necessary. Fortunately Bruce Castle Museum not only had much material about the Alexandra Palace but even some of the original Police Fete programmes.  These included detail about the attractions even down to a list of the particular fireworks which were to be used in the final spectacular show  - which would end up becoming a dramatic part of the plot.  I also knew that Inspector John George Littlechild, one of  the real-life detectives I included, was a member of the Metropolitan Police Minstrels - something else which became important.   

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