Superintendent Henry Jarrett Series, No
29 July 2011/ ISBN 07090924696
Historical Mystery / 1863 / Glasgow, Scotland
by Rachel A Hyde
When a box
of strange, foreign treasure is dredged out of the river it sets
in motion a series of extraordinary occurrences. What does the murder
of a sideshow owner at a travelling fair have to do with what appear
to be human sacrifices? Henry Jarrett comes up against the Chief
Constable in his eagerness to find out both the perpetrator of the
crimes and the owner of the treasure. Maybe an old legend could
throw some light on where the box came from and why somebody wants
to harvest human hearts…
I’ve liked this series from the first, and continue to do
so as it develops. There is more local color and sense of time and
place with each new book, and a good plot that I didn’t unravel.
It is hard not to want to read on and on until the end in any book
dealing with human sacrifice, treasure chests and a funfair and
I found it hard to put down. With an entertaining side plot about
Jarrett’s landlady and fellow boarders this is one novel stuffed
to bursting with incident, written in a lively and readable style.
Conan Doyle’s audience would have enjoyed this and so will
you if your tastes run to historical mystery.