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by Edward Marston

eBook A Bespoke Murder (The Home Front Detective Series) download ISBN: 0749011440
Author: Edward Marston
Publisher: Allison and Busby; Reprint edition (November 1, 2012)
Language: English
Pages: 320
ePub: 1182 kb
Fb2: 1741 kb
Rating: 4.3
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: Genre Fiction

In addition, Marston makes a good attempt at giving the reader a substantial "view" of the overall picture of this War, although he clearly lets us know that this is a "home front" view, and not meant to be a "war novel. It reads fast, is not complicated, and holds the readers' interests. This is the first in his Home Front Detective series and we wish him well for a continued success. 3 people found this helpful.

A Bespoke Murder book. Whilst the action taken by Mamion and Keedy as they investigate both the murder and the rape, have all the hallmarks of a good detective story, with the satisfying knowledge that the strong arm of the law has a long stretch, much of the strength of the book is in the characters and their lives on the home front during war.

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A Bespoke Murder: May 1915. Edward Marston has tapped into a rich vein of inspiration. His Home Front Detective series promises a long ru. Daily Mail. In London the sinking of the Lusitania sparks an unprecedented wave of anti-German riots. Among the victims is the tailor Jacob Stein, found dead in his burnt-out shop.

The latest in the Home Front Detective series by master of historical fiction, Edward Marston. Murder makes a late entrance in Marston's (The Wanton Angel, et. 11th Elizabethan adventure, but enough else of interest is going on to keep the reader engaged. In June 1916, a young woman is found dead in a cinema. Harvey Marmion and Joe Keedy are assigned the task of finding the killer who fled in the dark. The inn yard of the Queen's Head, London, home of Lord Westfield's Men, lies icy, cold and deserted in the wake of a long bitter winter that has left the members of the company unemployed and desperate.

1915 The latest outing for the Home Front Detective starts with six canaries - female munition workers whose job makes their skin g. .

The first book in the Home Front Detective series begins with the sinking of the Lusitania. In its wake, crowds storm into the West End to attack premises owned by German proprietors. Jacob Stein is a renowned tailor. Once again Marston has created a credible atmosphere within an intriguing story. The latest outing for the Home Front Detective starts with six canaries - female munition workers whose job makes their skin go yellow - adjourning to a pub to celebrate the birthday of one of their number. They adjourn to an outbuilding at the Golden Goose. Maureen Quinn, a pretty young Irish girl, feels unwell and leaves.

A Bespoke Murder: The compelling WWI murder mystery series. A Bespoke Murder - Edward Marston. Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy must take on this case of cover-ups and contradictions and track down Jacob's killer – a hunt which carries them from the crime-ridden streets of wartime London to the chaos of the front line.

With thousands of Britons fighting in the trenches, a severely depleted police force remains behind to keep the Home Front safe and continue the fight against crime, espionage, and military desertion. In London, Scotland Yard is already overstretched when the sinking of the Lusitania sparks an unprecedented wave of anti-German riots and arson attacks across the city. Among the victims are the immigrant tailor Jacob Stein, found dead in his burnt-out shop. Initially Jacob’s killing appears to be the tragic excess of wartime hysteria – but when it transpires that Jacob had been stabbed amidst the flames, his safe ransacked, and his daughter Ruth raped, the possibility that these assaults were long-premeditated crimes becomes unavoidable. Detective Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy must take on this case of cover-ups and contradictions and track down Jacob’s killer and Ruth’s assailants. As their hunt carries them from the crime-ridden streets of wartime London across the Channel to the chaos of the front line, the horrors of crime and policing at a time of total war are brought vividly to life.
Comments: (7)
Ral
I started to read this book, because the author writes great medieval mysteries (Domesday Books) and I thought I'd give this series a try.
It starts with the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, then jumps to an attack on a Jewish tailor's shop in London by a mob hysterical with anti-German fever. During the attack, the tailor is murdered, his shop (and corpse) burned and his daughter is raped as she tries to run to safety.
With these events, a new hero and sidekick are introduced. Inspector Harvey Marmion and his partner, Joe Keedy are assigned to solve the London crimes of arson, murder and rape. How does the Lusitania fit it to this? You don't think I'd give away any hints do you?
The book starts rather slow and the dialogue between the characters, especially on the Lusitania, seems a little stilted. But it does pickup and I became more and more interested in this novel.
You will be taken from the terror of being on a sinking ship, to the terror of a young woman as she is assaulted, to the Inspector Marmion's family life as his 20s something daughter, Alice, seeks her independence in 1915 England.
WWI is the backdrop for this book and as a result, there is little "forensic science"; only fingerprinting (in its infancy) and mugshots assist the detectives as they try to identify suspects and solve the horrific crimes.
I have to confess I had only partially guessed who was involved and was caught off guard at the end.
The one issue I had with this book is that it's a little more graphic than the Domesday books (at least during the rape). The rest of the book is fairly "clean" in language and detail.
I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good, solid mystery.
Dawncrusher
Writing certainly occupies much time and energy for Edward Marston, the prolific author from South Wales--and each time I pick up one of his books I always feel that not only will I be entertained, but that I will also learn something. Marston writes children's books, literary criticism, and plays in addition to his more popular historical crime novels.

Now, in "A Bespoke Murder," Mr. Marston takes us to a World War I setting, or rather to events that are quickly making this "War to End all Wars" a global undertaking and tragedy. He opens with scenes from the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915, wherein we meet Irene Bayard and Ernie Gill, two employees of the luxury ship, who, through skill, good luck, and Providence, survive. They are to play a further role in the plot's development.

Marston then takes us to England where news of the sinking (and the general political climate on the Continent) has kindled much furor, anxiety, and demonstrations against Germans in particular. So much so that in this anarchy and "mob behavior," Jacob Stein's tailor shop in Jermyn Street is torched and the tailor is found dead inside. His daughter Ruth escaped but not before being brutalized and raped by demonstrators. When police investigate the fire, they discover that Jacob was murdered before the shop was set ablaze. Jacob is Jewish and his name, for the demonstrators, is "too German" and he deserved what he got.

Here we now meet the two central characters of this police procedural:
Inspector Harvey Marmion and Joe Keedy, his sergeant, two more-than-capable police officers: Marmion, older and wiser and definitely a family man, and Keedy, younger, brash, handsome, and NOT a family man.

"A Bespoke Murder" is in good hands with Marston, who knows a thing or two about crime fiction (he's a former chairman of the Crime Writers Association). Marston is adept at handling a not-too-complicated plot line, fleshing out the story with the requisite side-bars, one of which, naturally, is the romantic interests of Keedy and Marmion's daughter (which no doubt will be a continued "cause" in later books of this series). In addition, Marston makes a good attempt at giving the reader a substantial "view" of the overall picture of this War, although he clearly lets us know that this is a "home front" view, and not meant to be a "war novel." It reads fast, is not complicated, and holds the readers' interests. This is the first in his Home Front Detective series and we wish him well for a continued success.
Niwield
This book begins with the sinking of the Lusitania during WWI and the aftermath of retaliatory violence against those of German descent in Britain. As one young woman flees her father's factory, she meets with even more unsavory characters and is raped. It's a shocking beginning but the drama unfolds as Inspector Harvey Marmion and Sergeant Joe Keedy investigate the various crimes. It's more than a mystery - really more of a drama that deals with the many issues of the day, women's issues, racial violence, and anti-semitism...all issues that still face the world today. Nothing every changes. I rated this 4 1/2 stars....the only problem I had with the book was with the ending. It was a bit too abrupt and I felt one of the characters' stories wasn't quite wrapped up neatly.
dermeco
Could have been better since I like WWI-based stories.
Gold Crown
Characters are great and plot based on some real events. Reads quickly and author has written other books with other character series; all are entertaining and good reads. Many layers and I will read more Home Front Detective Series.
Quttaro
Edward marston is a consummate professional. Time and time again he evokes a fascinating era and wraps it in a solid mystery. The Homefront series is no exceptiom
Deeroman
Again a lovely book but the most loved ones are the railway murders to my mind Edward Marston is a brilliant author as he has written many books of all different types maybe Edward Marston would write from single book that serials from beginning to end of a lifetime of murders on trains.
Okay genre mystery.