Gallows Court by Martin Edwards

London, 1930. Jacob Flint, is an ambitious crime writer for The Clarion. Rachel Savernake, daughter of the late Judge Savernake, has just solved a murder that Scotland Yard couldn’t, and may be about to solve another. For Jacob, an interview with the elusive Rachel would make his career. Unfortunately for him, she sends him on his way with a flea in his ear. All too soon other deaths follow. Jacob begins to see too many coincidences, and Rachel seems to be always involved. Is she really just an amateur sleuth, or are her motives more dangerous?

I was blown away by this book! The plot is intricate and atmospheric. It had so many twists and turns, and I’m not just talking red-herrings, I talking twists as in – out of nowhere would you think that was what was going to happen. 

The story unfolds mostly from Jacob’s point of view and his character is very engaging and more naïve then you would expect. But Rachel is truly the center of this story…and a fantastic character; she is a riddle that makes you want to keep reading just to figure out what is going on with her. This story is filled with all sorts of characters who keep you guessing; you’re never sure who’s on who’s side! 

This is a very satisfying read, and one that I highly recommend.My thanks to NetGalley and Poisoned Pen Press for the advanced reader copy made available for my review.

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