Book: The Casebook of Inspector Armstrong - Volume I by Martin Daleycategories: Book, Edwardian, Victorian, Carlisle, Armstrong, King Edward, Cumberland, Murder, Inspector, Burgh Marsh, Italian, Cathedral, Detective Fiction
Martin Daleyabout this book: Welcome to the cosy yet criminal world of Detective Inspector Cornelius Armstrong, a policeman in Edwardian Carlisle (a historic city in the north of England). Inspired originally by the Sherlock Holmes stories of Arthur Conan Doyle, readers of Holmes may spot the odd homage to the Great Consulting Detective.
The other great inspiration behind the Armstrong stories is my home city itself, which – given that Armstrong doesn't have the archetypal Watson / Hastings assistant – takes on the role of the main secondary character. In fact it could be viewed that chapters of the area's two-thousand year history are being told through Armstrong's adventures. In this, the first Volume of Inspector Armstrong's Casebook, our hero investigates The Italian Murder and King Edward's Ghost (each volume contains two short novels).
In the first of the two adventures, Armstrong investigates the brutal murder of a young Italian immigrant on the corner of West Walls and Dean Tait's Lane in November 1903. In doing so he uncovers a far wider web of underworld crime.
In the second case, the reciting of ghost stories in front of a blazing fire at an innocent Christmas party inadvertently leads the detective into a trail of deceit and betrayal that dates back to the death of King Edward I on Burgh Marsh.
If you like escaping the hubbub of 21st century life to immerse yourself in late Victorian / Edwardian adventures, I hope you enjoy this journey back in time to meet a character and a setting you may hitherto be unfamiliar with.
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