A delicious 1940s mystery.Birmingham, England, 1943.While the whine of the air raid sirens might no longer be rousing him from bed every night, a two-decade-old unsolved murder case will ensure that Chief Inspector Mason of Erdington Police Station is about to suffer more sleepless nights.Young Robert McFarlane’s body was found outside the local church hall on 30th September 1923. But, his cause of death was drowning, and he’d been missing for three days before his body was found. No one was ever arrested for the crime. No answers could ever be given to the grieving family. The unsolved case has haunted Mason ever since.But, the chance discovery of another victim, with worrying parallels, sets Mason, and his constable, O’Rourke, on a journey that will take them back over twenty-five years, the chance to finally solve the case, while all around them the uncertainty of war continues, impossible to ignore.
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The Custard Corpses is a fantastically gripping and very moreish book from a new author from me.
Firstly I love books set in the Second World War so this book instantly appealed to me. The author has clearly done their research and I enjoyed all the little details about the war that the author includes into the story. It was hard to see ordinary people suffering through food shortages as well as dealing with the fear not just from the blitz but for their loved ones away fighting.
The case is a very intriguing one which helped keep me gripped from the start. The reader is taken along through every twist and turn of the investigation which I really enjoyed. I felt like I was actually there investigating the case alongside the characters, puzzling over every piece of evidence with them. It was especially interesting to see how crimes were solved before they were able to use simple technology that we take for granted now. The detectives didn’t even have access to a phone at times so they had to put a lot of grit and determination into solving their crimes which Made for very interesting reading.
Overall I really enjoyed this book and look forward to reading more of the series in the future. The characters all seemed very real with the story was very well written and well plotted holding the reader’s attention until the end. The author has created a dark, bleak world which was somehow fun to be in and I felt sad when I had to finish the book and leave it, and the fantastic characters, behind.
Huge thanks to Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources for inviting me onto the blog tour and for my copy of this book.
About The Author:
I’m an author of historical fiction (Early English, Vikings and the British Isles as a whole before the Norman Conquest) and fantasy (Viking age/ dragon-themed). I’ve recently written a relatively modern mystery novel set in 1943. I was born in the old Mercian kingdom at some point since 1066. Raised in the shadow of a strange little building, told from a very young age that it housed the bones of long-dead Kings of Mercia and that our garden was littered with old pieces of pottery from a long-ago battle, it’s little wonder that my curiosity in Early England ran riot. I can only blame my parents!
I write A LOT. You’ve been warned!
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