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Depths of Deceit
The sixth book in the Inspector Box series

by Norman Russell

      Ah, the latest Norman Russell! Frequent visitors to this site will know by now that I invariably enjoy his books, and how they combine the gothic with espionage and murder mystery to good end. This is the sixth case for the redoubtable duo from 2 King James Rents of DI Box and DS Knollys, as they try to unravel the mystery of why two unconnected men should be murdered in a bizarre fashion. An ancient Roman temple of Mithras has been unearthed in Clerkenwell, and it is here that the first body is found, seemingly sacrificed to the deity. Soon another is discovered elsewhere - surely these respectable Victorians havenít revived a dead religious cult?

This book has everything fans of Mr Russellís books have come to expect: good period atmosphere, more than a hint of weirdness, his engaging detectives and other larger-than-life characters in unusual settings. It is not hard to guess whodunit, which is a pity, but it is such fun being along for the ride that it is more than worth the price of admission. Here is an author who is good at creating everything you would expect in a novel set in late Victorian London which does not involve Jack The Ripper. Long may he write these highly entertaining and superbly succinct novels.

The Book

Robert Hale
30 May 2008
0709085680 / 9780709085683
Historical Mystery / 1894 London
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The Reviewer

Rachel A Hyde
Reviewed 2008
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