This has been one of the best mysteries I have read so far this year. Very well written and will keep you wanting to read more. You get a good feel of the time period that the story takes place in.
Retired from Scotland Yard and living in the country, John Madden finds the body of a young girl brutally murdered along a stream. The murder of this young girl whose face has been obliterated haunts him. Soon he finds himself assisting his former detective coworkers in efforts to find who committed this atrocity. As the investigation unfolds, law enforcement officials discover that the murderer has moved from country to country. England is this latest environment in which he operates.
As the number of murders increase so does the brutality of the crimes. The murderer targets his victims, studies the area, plans carefully and commits the crimes in a similar manner. Water must be available so he can wash the blood from his body and there must be a place to hide the body from authorities. It is Madden who realizes that the body he found is the first of others. He understands, too, that there are more to come unless the murderer is apprehended. Yet his wife, Helen, is concerned about his involvement. It was she who helped him recover from the stress of his earlier work and they made their home in a rural area away from the crimes of London.
This mystery is well written within the parameters of what was known of the science of criminal psychology in 1932. I found Airth's novel a good, good read and recommend it to those who are interested in historical mysteries.
This is one of the best historical mysteries I have ever read. Gruesome and yet fascinating, rich with detail...and a hero/detective with a terrible past and an uncanny understanding of evil.
This is the second in the Inspector John Madden series. It is 1932, and Inspector Madden's retirement is brought to an abrupt end when he discovers the mutilated body of a young girl in the woods near his home in the English countryside. Rennie Airth is an excellent writer and the plot will hold your interest to the very last page!
Five star book.
Rennie Airth's series - this is book 2 - is for those who love a good mystery in an English setting. The writer is a formal journalist who has an easy-to-read style of writing.
It took a little while to get into, but once I did, I was hooked. You will come to love John Madden and his physician wife.