Barbara Cleverly, bestselling author of the Joe Sandilands series, introduces an ingenious new sleuth who navigates 1920s Cambridge, a European intellectual capital on the cusp of dramatic change.
Inspector Redfyre #1
On Sale: May 15, 2018
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England 1923: Detective Inspector John Redfyre is a
godsend to the Cambridge CID. The ancient university city
is at war with itself: town versus gown, male versus
female, press versus the police force and everyone versus
the undergraduates. Redfyre, young, handsome and capable,
is a survivor of the Great War. Born and raised among the
city’s colleges, he has access to the educated élite who
run these institutions, a society previously deemed
impenetrable by local law enforcement.
When Redfyre’s Aunt Hetty hands him a front-row ticket to
the year’s St. Barnabas College Christmas concert, he is
looking forward to a right merrie yuletide noyse from a
trumpet soloist, accompanied by the organ. He is
intrigued to find that the trumpet player is—scandalously
—a young woman. And Juno Proudfoot is a beautiful and
talented one at that. Such choice of a performer is
unacceptable in conservative academic circles.
Redfyre finds himself anxious throughout a performance in
which Juno charms and captivates her audience, and his
unease proves well founded when she tumbles headlong down
a staircase after curtainfall. He finds evidence that
someone carefully planned her death. Has her showing
provoked a dangerous, vengeful woman-hater to take
When more Cambridge women are murdered, Redfyre realizes
that some of his dearest friends and his family may
become targets, and—equally alarmingly—that the killer
might be within his own close circle.
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