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A Bespoke Murder

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Author Edward Marston
Rights World English
ISBN 9780749011444
Pages 352
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May 1915. With thousands of Britons fighting in the trenches, a severely depleted police force remains behind to keep the Home Front safe and continue the fight against crime, espionage, and military desertion. In London, Scotland Yard is already overstretched when the sinking of the Lusitania sparks an unprecedented wave of anti-German riots and arson attacks across the city. Among the victims are the immigrant tailor Jacob Stein, found dead in his burnt-out shop.


Initially Jacob’s killing appears to be the tragic excess of wartime hysteria – but when it transpires that Jacob had been stabbed amidst the flames, his safe ransacked, and his daughter Ruth raped, the possibility that these assaults were long-premeditated crimes becomes unavoidable.


Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy must take on this case of cover-ups and contradictions and track down Jacob’s killer and Ruth’s assailants. As their hunt carries them from the crime-ridden streets of wartime London across the Channel to the chaos of the front line, the horrors of crime and policing at a time of total war are brought vividly to life.

What The Critics Said

'The investigation is very convincingly portrayed and is brought to an exciting conclusion...[The] characters are well drawn and interesting...[and] even those readers who are not keen on the 'series' novel should find this one sufficiently entertaining to look forward to the next.'

Reviewing the Evidence

'As with all [Marston's] various series, it does not disappoint. Inspector Harvey Marmion and his side kick Sergeant Joe Keedy are interesting characters who really bring home the problems faced by policing in this period. A good, solid, engrossing read. Once started, you just have to keep on reading until the end! 4 stars.'

CADS (Crime and Detective Stories)

'Opening with two of the main characters on the Lusitania, this one hits the ground running in fine style and is an entertaining way of learning more about certain aspects of the period. Anti-German riots, career opportunities for women, political ideas and a quick sortie into Belgium all add to the atmosphere...A rousing opening to what is sure to be a popular new series.'

My Shelf

'Beautifully written and conjuring up a terrific feel for the period... Absolutely first-class entertainment.'


'Cleverly plotted, well written and invoking the atmosphere of the time, I heartily recommend this book as an excellent read. I am delighted to see that this is the first in a new series and I look forward to the next one.'

Lizzie Hayes, Mystery Women

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