Elementary Murder: A Lancashire Detective Mystery

Written by A. J. Wright
Review by Mike Ashworth

1894, Wigan in Lancashire. Miss Dorothea Gladstone applies for a teaching post at George Street Elementary School, a post for which she seems eminently suitable. However, although initially promising, the face-to-face interview with the school board does not go well, and her application is dismissed. The following Monday morning her body is found in a locked classroom with a note by her side. The door is locked from the inside, and the initial consensus is suicide, but DS Michael Brennan is not convinced. Staff members seem to have a great deal to hide, and are reluctant to cooperate. When a young pupil disappears, and members of staff are attacked, DS Brennan, aided by Constable Jaggery, a man of few words, little imagination, but very handy fists, finds himself investigating a tangled web of deceit, with links to a murky past.

This is the second novel featuring DS Brennan from an award-winning writer. This Victorian crime novel has strong, believable characters, red herrings and clues a plenty. A cracking crime novel in the style of Edward Marston. Pour yourself a cup of your favourite tipple, sit back and enjoy.