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Last Nocturne



Author Marjorie Eccles
Rights World English
ISBN 9780749016746
Pages 409
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What could make a successful, happily married man take a gun and shoot himself? What made a young artist on the brink of fame throw himself to his death?


These are the questions facing Chief Inspector Lamb and his assistant, Detective Sergeant Cogan. Neither victim left a note behind to explain what drove him to take his own life, and it appears that nothing untoward had occurred in the weeks preceding their deaths. Having briefly met both victims, Lamb struggles to connect the impression he gained of the men with their final actions, and his close attention pays off when a postmortem reveals some surprising results.


With one case now looking like a suspicious death, Lamb looks for links between the two men. All paths seem to lead to the enigmatic figure of Mrs. Isobel Amberley and a mysterious event that took place one winter’s night in Vienna.


Beautifully written and highly evocative of the bustling streets of London and Vienna in the early twentieth century, Last Nocturne is an intriguingly complex mystery of passion and the devastating repercussions of a single action.

What The Critics Said

'I always think of these books as Jane Austen meets Crime Fiction...Set in 1909 this is a very classically styled tale with a lot of traditional elements...
There's just a little touch of spice... and I suspect that readers who are not adverse to a little romance will find the intrigue around Eliot's life extremely satisfying. Add to that a little feeling of the tensions and difficulties of Vienna in that period of history and this could be just the book for fans of this sort of historical crime fiction.'

Murder and Mayhem Book Club

A “beautifully told story”

Yorkshire Gazette and Herald

“Secrets, lies and passions lie at the heart of this beautifully told story”

Ryedale Gazette and Herald

‘ a cunning plotter who frequently wrongfoots the reader...Disturbing yet enthralling.’

The Observer

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