Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Book Review: Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death by Sally Spencer

Title: Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death (Inspector Blackstone #1)
Author: Sally Spencer
Publisher: Endeavour Press
Publication Date: 2015 
Pages: 212
Format: eBook - EPUB
Genre: Historical Fiction
Source: Review Copy from Publisher

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The body of a young man fished out of the Thames is of little interest to Londoners caught up in the excitement of Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Yet to Inspector Sam Blackstone, the case is as puzzling as any he has ever come across.

Why should a corpse dressed the in rags of a commoner have the face of a gentleman?

And if this man does belong to noble stock, why has no one come forward to claim the body?

As his investigation proceeds, Blackstone finds himself entering the world of the aristocracy—in which the presence of an ordinary policeman is far from welcome—and tramping the dangerous streets of London's Little Russia—where English law and order are not welcome.

Death seems to stalk him, and as each new clue leads to nothing more than a new murder, Blackstone comes to realize that he is caught up in what may turn out to be the most horrendous crime of the century.
(Goodreads Synopsis)

Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death was well-plotted and kept me guessing until the end. Usually I see the twist coming early, but here it took me by surprise, which was a delight. There was a good sense of period without lengthy exposition, and the characters were memorable and likeable.

I was flummoxed by the number of typographical errors in the book, however, considering it comes from a major publishing house. An odd one can often slip through, but here the number of errors was large and it did yank me out of the story every time I saw one.

Nonetheless, I enjoyed the book enough that I will definitely look to read more in the series in the future, and I commend Sally Spencer on her skillful concealment of twists and turns within her plot.

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