2015-01-03 · in Books · 128 words

What follows is my transcription of a document which has lain unnoticed for many years in the County Records Office in Thurchester. It is a Journal which casts light on a murder that attracted national interest at the time but which, since nobody was ever charged with the crime, was subsequently forgotten.

That's the opening — I can't really quote from later on without spoiling it! This is a Charles Palliser Victorian mystery, more accessible than The Quincunx but no less well-researched or smartly-plotted; I read through it in one sitting, and considered it well worth trading a night's sleep for.

(This interview with the author contains minor spoilers, but gives some insight into the real-life inspirations for Rustication.)