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'The Solitary House,'a Charles Maddox Mystery, by Lynn Shepherd

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Published in 2012 by Lynn Shepherd, ‘The Solitary House,’ is the crackling, taut, captivatingly delightful first book in the Charles Maddox series.

The novel begins by introducing the reader to 1850’s London, a dark, dank and seedy city that also happens to be the home of Charles Maddox.

Not long ago Charles was an up and comer in the Metropolitan police force, until he questioned the hanging of an innocent man. Now Charles is working solo tracking down criminals, with the guidance of his ailing great Uncle, a legendary Thief Taker in his own time.

Before long Charles needs all the help he can get, as he approached by non-other than Edward Tulkinghorn, a sinister and powerful attorney.

Tulkinghorn seeks Charles out to find the author of threatening letters to one of his clients a powerful financier Sir Julius Cremorne.

Seeing easy money Charles snaps up the case, only to find himself embroiled in a deception so lurid, and dangerous that he cannot help but regret his decision.

What follow is murder, deceptions, lies, man’s darkest desires, and a journey into the London underbelly that would give even the heartiest individual a fright.

Will Charles be able to solve the mystery, or will he too be lost to the seedy dark alleys, and twisted darkness that envelopes both the city and its inhabitants?

Full of gothic charm, heart wrenching drama , murder, deception, history, and a vibrant cast of characters makes, ‘The Solitary House,’ a gripping, touching, and mind bendling good read.

This novel is recommended for fans of mystery, historical London, and author Lynn Shepherd.

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