The Return of Captain John Emmett Author:Elizabeth Speller ?Intriguing . . . a captivating wartime whodunit.? ?Boston Globe — London, 1920. In the aftermath of the Great War and a devastating family tragedy, Laurence Bartram has turned his back on the world. But with a well-timed letter, an old flame manages to draw him back in. Mary Emmett?s brother John?like Laurence, an officer during the war?has appa... more »rently killed himself while in the care of a remote veterans? hospital, and Mary needs to know why.
Aided by his friend Charles?a dauntless gentleman with detective skills cadged from mystery novels?Laurence begins asking difficult questions. What connects a group of war poets, a bitter feud within Emmett?s regiment, and a hidden love affair? Was Emmett?s death really a suicide, or the missing piece in a puzzling series of murders? As veterans tied to Emmett continue to turn up dead, and Laurence is forced to face the darkest corners of his war experiences, his own survival may depend on uncovering the truth.
?An elegant, moving read.? ?Milwaukee Journal Sentinel« less
Nicely written convoluted tale that unfolds slowly. Underscores the horror of war, in particular the terrible tragedy of what happened to soldiers fighting in France in WWI. Similar in vein to the Inspector Rutledge stories by Charles Todd but without the annoying presence of Hamish.