River of Darkness - John Madden, Bk 1 Author:Rennie Airth As rural England slowly emerges from the sorrow of World War I, a particularly vicious attack on a household in a small Surrey village leaves five butchered bodies and no explanation for the killings. Sent by Scotland Yard to investigate is Inspector John Madden, a man still recovering from his own war experience and from the deaths of his wife ... more »and child. The local police dismiss the slaughter as a botched robbery, but Madden detects the signs of a madman at work. With the help of beautiful Dr. Helen Blackwell, who introduces him to the new science of criminal psychology, Madden sets out to capture the killer, even as the murderer sets his sights on his next innocent victims.« less
Lynn S. (lss) reviewed River of Darkness (John Madden, Bk 1) on
Helpful Score: 8
I think this is one of the best British mystery novels I have ever read. Brilliantly written with detective/antagonist storyline development moving simultaneously toward ending. I highly recomment this book. Also the sequel and I am waiting for the third in the series which comes out this summer.
Great mystery. Protagonist has his own issues to deal with while working the case which takes place in the shadow of WWl. Good character development; riveting plot; a little romance; a little humor. Well written and a page turner.
This is the first of the Inspector Madden mysteries and it's a great one! As rural England slowly emerges from World War I, a particularly vicious attack on a household in a small village leaves five butchered bodies and no explanation for the killings. Scotland Yard sends Inspector John Madden, still recovering from his own harrowing war experience and from the deaths of his wife and child, to investigate. You're sure to enjoy reading this very well written mystery.
Excellent. The main characters are well drawn. The impact of WWI on these characters is very well described, and the horrors of that war made real. I enjoyed this book a lot, and recommend it to anyone who enjoys good mysteries, especially historical mysteries.
this is the first book in Airth's new series on life in a small town after WWI, with a police inspector John Madden. The richness of the descriptions, of life as a London policeman, and life after WWI is very well done. A good solid read.
Well written, but slow going. The moody old country English atmosphere is wonderful for those who are fans of this style. I am, so I am enjoying the story, but even for ME, it's very slow moving. The murders are horribly brutal, and the melancholy feeling is ever present. However there IS a little sunshine here and there, with a spark of romance to relieve the tension. Rennie Airth is good, very good. I will always read his books!