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LONDON HAD SHERLOCK HOLMES.
THE DARK ALLEYS OF EDINBURGH HAD INSPECTOR McLEVY.
‘DAVID ASHTON IMPECCABLY EVOKES EDINBURGH’ Financial Times
‘ELEGANT AND CONVINCING’ The Times
‘ASHTON IS THE DIRECT HEIR TO ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON’ Brian Cox
‘EXCELLENT’ The Sherlock Holmes Society
‘A REAL PAGE-TURNER’ Sunday Post
‘DRIPPING WITH MELODRAMA AND DERRING-DO’ Herald
1 – SHADOW OF THE SERPENT
1880, Edinburgh. Election fever grips the city. But while the rich and educated argue about politics, in the dank wynds of the docks it’s a struggle just to stay alive. When a prostitute is brutally murdered, disturbing memories from thirty years ago are stirred in Inspector McLevy who is soon lured into a murky world of politics, perversion and deception – and the shadow of the serpent.
2 – FALL FROM GRACE
A burglary and murder at the home of Sir Thomas Bouch, the enigmatic architect of the ill-fated Tay Bridge, sets Inspector James McLevy off on a train of brutal killings, lethal liaisons, and double suicide which leads to a violent encounter with an old enemy, Hercules Dunbar. Caught up in a terrifying storm as he tracks his foe to Dundee, McLevy watches the rail bridge collapse and plunge into the icy depths of the Tay. The aftermath brings the destruction of reputation and love as the inspector uncovers the secret passions which have led to murder.
3 – A TRICK OF THE LIGHT
Halloween 1881, Edinburgh, and the dead are restless. Inspector James McLevy is called to action when Muriel Grierson, an outwardly genteel widow is robbed at home. Her knight in shining armour – one Arthur Conan Doyle, recently graduated from medical school – is keen to learn from such a master of detection as the renowned inspector, but McLevy is less sure that he requires a new acolyte. When a vicious murder occurs with evidence of supernatural strength and violence, all roads lead to Sophia Adler – a beautiful young American spiritualist – and the inspector becomes involved with one of the most dangerous women he has ever encountered.
4 – NOR WILL HE SLEEP
1887. The streets of Edinburgh seethe with anarchy as two gangs of students rival each other in wild exploits. After a pitched battle between them, an old woman is found savagely battered to death in Leith Harbour. Enter the Thieftaker – Inspector Jame McLevy. Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, is in the city to bury his deceased father, and the two recognise each other as observers of the dark side of human nature and both hopeless insomniacs. But glimpses of the murderer indicate a slender figure with a silver cane A dancing killer non unlike Mr Edward Hyde. Is it just a coincidence Mr Stevenson is back in town?
THE FIRST BOOK IN A NEW SERIES BY THE CREATOR OF INSPECTOR McLEVY – OUT NOW
JEAN BRASH, ONCE A CHILD OF THE STREETS, NOW MISTRESS OF THE JUST LAND.
ON HER OWN AND ON THE CASE.
New Year’s Day – and through the misty streets of Victorian Edinburgh an elegant, female figure walks the cobblestones – with a certain vengeful purpose.
Jean Brash, the Mistress of the Just Land, brings her cool intelligence to solving a murder, a murder that took place in her own bawdy-house (the best in Edinburgh and her pride and joy).
A prominent judge, strangled and left dangling, could bring her whole life to ruin and she didn’t haul herself off the streets, up through low dirty houses of pleasure and violent vicious men – to let that come to pass. The search for the killers will take Jean back into her own dark past as she uncovers a web of political and sexual corruption in the high reaches of the Edinburgh establishment.
A young boy’s death long ago is demanding justice but, as the body count increases, she has little time before a certain Inspector James McLevy, comes sniffing round like a wolf on the prowl.
Jean may be on the side of natural justice but is she on the side of the law? Or will the law bring her down?
David Ashton was born in Greenock in 1941. He studied at Central Drama School, London, from 1964 to 1967, and most recently appeared in The Last King of Scotland.
David started writing in 1984 and he has seen many of his plays and TV adaptations broadcast – he wrote early episodes of EastEnders and Casualty, and eleven McLevy series for BBC Radio 4.