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.
The second John Madden book recounts murders just as appalling as the first book. John is no longer a policeman so is not the focus of the story, although he becomes more involved as the investigation proceeds. I thought this book could have used a stricter editor; it's longer than need be, and there were pages of exposition about characters who were really peripheral at best that should have been trimmed. Also, although I don't remember this from the first book, the writer contorts time, starting out a chapter detailing events then going back a little in time to fill in details. It was needlessly confusing and irritating after a while. Still, I managed to finish it.
A chilling detective novel about a sexual psychopath in post-WWI England. Very well written but the subject matter may not be for everyone.
Excellent #2 in the John Madden series. Filled with period detail and a suspense filled plot. Great for those of us who love a good Brit thriller.
Another excellent mystery from Airth.
A historical murder mystery set in 1930's--it was an excellent historical murder mystery if you like slower-paced, one-clue at a time style---had excellent well-developed characters. I did! I wasn't looking for the 'thriller'--but for the feel of the history of the period within the murder mystery. That it did an excellent job of and I enjoyed it for several evenings curled up in a chair.