Coffin Underground - John Coffin, Bk 19 Author:Gwendoline Butler Scotland Yard Chief Superintendent John Coffin is properly skeptical of the evil reputation of the house at No. 22, Church Row. True, the house has seen violent death over the centuries. None of it suspicious. Until now. Malcolm Kincaid, student. Bill Egan, recidivist. Terry Place, villain. Edward, Irene and Nona Pitt, victims. Phyllis Henley, a... more » policewoman. Why have they died?
Coffin suspects something more than a haunted house. He sees a human, complex web of relationships, interlocking and interacting in a way he can't yet fathom, and in which people get caught up and destroyed-as they play into the game of a very clever killer.« less
This is a mystery novel set in England. The subject matter is a little different than your average detective novel...it focuses on a set of murders set around a role-playing game. People are dying and the subtle clues point to a killer involved in a D&D-like fantasy game. The book is a good read because the characters are well-fleshed out and there is more going on than just the mystery at hand. A good series of detective fiction.
Publisher's Weekly states this is a "puzzler with a cliffhanging ending." While Kirkus Reviews says, "Butler improves with each outing." This one includes: a haunted house with a history of violent death over the centuries, and a complex web of relationships, interlocking and interacting in a way which gets people caught up and destroyed... as they play into a game of a very clever killer. Booklist says," Butler has a light touch of a master and a beguilling soul in the somberly monikered Coffin."