McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective by James McLevy

McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective
  • Title : McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective
  • Author : James McLevy
  • Publisher : Birlinn
  • ISBN Code : 0857902156
  • Pages : 199
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  • Language : English
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Very inspiring ... part of our history and part of our culture' - Alanna Knight 'A fascinating insight into the Victorian underclass ... a powerful writer' - Daily Mail 'This is a gem ... A fantastic weaving of period Edinburgh culture with intricate, captivating detective work ... Go out and buy one, now' - The Herald 'These stories are true crime classics, imbued with all the pathos, darkness and occasional humour that you will find in the best crime fiction' - Quintin Jardine James McLevy, an Edinburgh policeman, was one of the first exponents of the crime genre and a likely influence on the creator of Sherlock Holmes. This book features a collection of stories based on some of the 2,220 cases he dealt with in the course of his career, evoking the spirit of the city, and the vivid descriptions of its criminal classes. Edinburgh has provided the backdrop to stories of detection for almost a century and a half. In the 1860s, a few years before Conan Doyle began his medical studies at Edinburgh University, there appeared a hugely popular series of books with titles including "Curiosities of Crime in Edinburgh", "The Sliding Scale of Life" and "The Disclosures of a Detective". They were all the work of one James McLevy, an Edinburgh policeman. The now largely forgotten, McLevy was one of the first exponents of the crime genre and a likely influence on the creator of Sherlock Holmes.Like Conan Doyle, McLevy had an Irish background. He was born in Co Armagh, the son of a small farmer. Largely self-educated, he joined the Edinburgh police force in 1830 as a night watchman before rising up through the ranks to become a detective. The collection of stories in this book are based on some of the 2,220 cases he dealt with in the course of his career, wonderfully evoking the spirit of the city, and the vivid descriptions of its criminal classes as they moved between the very different worlds of the Old and New Towns. It is introduced by Quintin Jardine.


McLevy Returns by James M'Levy

McLevy Returns
  • Title : McLevy Returns
  • Author : James M'Levy
  • Publisher : Mercat Press Books
  • ISBN Code : 9781841830384
  • Pages : 231
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Mclevy by David Ashton

Mclevy
  • Title : Mclevy
  • Author : David Ashton
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  • ISBN Code : 9781785292750
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CRIME & MYSTERY. Brian Cox stars as the Edinburgh detective in eight episodes of the BBC Radio 4 series. Inspired by the real-life memoirs of a Victorian Inspector in Scotland, James McLevy prowls the dark streets of 1860s Edinburgh bringing criminals to justice, with the assistance of Constable Mulholland. Siobhan Redmond co-stars as Jean Brash and Michael Perceval-Maxwell as Mulholland in these eight BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramas.


The McGovan Casebook by James McGovan

The McGovan Casebook
  • Title : The McGovan Casebook
  • Author : James McGovan
  • Publisher : Mercat Press Books
  • ISBN Code : 9781841830506
  • Pages : 198
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Almost twenty years after the publication of Detective James McLevy's memoirs there appeared in Edinburgh a series of volumes purporting to be the autobiographical writings of another policeman from the city, James McGovan. The first was Brought to Bay, or Experiences of a City Detective, which was issued by the Edinburgh Publishing Company in 1878. It was followed by Strange Clues and Solved Mysteries. Encouraged by the success of these books, which by 1884 had sold 25,000 copies and been translated into French and German, the author produced a fourth, Traced and Tracked. Despite their apparent authenticity, which was unquestioned either by the general public or the press of the day, these volumes were all the work of a musician and writer called William Crawford Honeyman. Doubtless inspired by McLevy, Honeyman created a character who can lay claim to being one of the first detectives in crime fiction. James McGovan walks the same Edinburgh beat as his real-life predecessor, shares his dry sense of humour and, like McLevy, never fails to get a conviction. According to present-day crime novelist Alannah Knight: "Honeyman found a gold mine in McLevy's forgotten books. He lent the professional writer's touch, an air of sophisticaton and added literary embellishment". The books will almost certainly have been known to the young Arthur Conan Doyle, who was a student in Edinburgh in the 1870s and published his first Sherlock Holmes story in 1887. Hugely popular in their time—The Scotsman raved: "Nowhere in the English language, so far as we know, are there any detective stories which can equal these for interest and genuine ability", and to the People's Friend he was "the very Dickens of detectives"—the McGovan books are now all but forgotten. American crime writer Ellery Queen was a famous admirer, and ranked the stories alongside the works of Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie as amongst the best in the detective genre.


The Ascent of the Detective by Haia Shpayer-Makov

The Ascent of the Detective
  • Title : The Ascent of the Detective
  • Author : Haia Shpayer-Makov
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press on Demand
  • ISBN Code : 0199577404
  • Pages : 429
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  • Language : English
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The figure of the detective has long excited the imagination of the wider public, and the English police detective has been a special focus of attention in both print and visual media. Yet, while much has been written in the last three decades about the history of uniformed policemen in England, no similar work has focused on police detectives. The Ascent of the Detective redresses this by exploring the diverse and often arcane world of English police detectives during the formative period of their profession, from 1842 until the First World War, with special emphasis on the famed detective branch established at Scotland Yard. The book starts by illuminating the detectives' socioeconomic background, how and why they became detectives, their working conditions, the differences between them and uniformed policemen, and their relations with the wider community. It then goes on to trace the factors that shaped their changing public image, from the embodiment of 'un-English' values to plebeian knights in armour, investigating the complex and symbiotic exchange between detectives and journalists, and analysing their image as it unfolded in the press, in literature, and in their own memoirs.


Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society by Cork Historical and Archaeological Society

Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society
  • Title : Journal of the Cork Historical and Archaeological Society
  • Author : Cork Historical and Archaeological Society
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Mistress of the Just Land by David Ashton

Mistress of the Just Land
  • Title : Mistress of the Just Land
  • Author : David Ashton
  • Publisher : Two Roads
  • ISBN Code : 9781473632271
  • Pages : 336
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'Jean Brash is my favourite character and David Ashton's writing is as delicious, elegant and compelling as she is' Siobhan Redmond (Jean Brash in BBC Radio 4's McLevy series) Jean Brash, who first appeared in BBC Radio 4's Inspector McLevy mysteries, is a formidable woman in her prime. Once a child of the streets, she is now Mistress of the Just Land, the best bawdy-hoose in Edinburgh and her pride and joy. But a murder in her establishment could wreck everything. 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-hoose. 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?


Once a Week by N.A

Once a Week
  • Title : Once a Week
  • Author : N.A
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Scotland, the Autobiography by Rosemary Goring

Scotland, the Autobiography
  • Title : Scotland, the Autobiography
  • Author : Rosemary Goring
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  • Pages : 483
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The story of Scotland, of her history and culture in the words of the people who lived it, from the first century to the present day. Contributors range from Tacitus, Mary Queen of Scots and Oliver Cromwell to Adam Smith, David Livingstone, Billy Connolly and William Boyd.


The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher by Kate Summerscale

The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
  • Title : The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher
  • Author : Kate Summerscale
  • Publisher : A&C Black
  • ISBN Code : 1408801582
  • Pages : 400
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Saville's corpse, already stiff, was laid on a table beneath the kitchen window; upstairs the shape of his sleeping self was still indented on the sheets and pillow of the cot. On a summer's morning in 1860, the Kent family awakes in their elegant Wiltshire home to a terrible discovery; their youngest son has been brutally murdered. When celebrated detective Jack Whicher is summoned from Scotland Yard he faces the unenviable task of identifying the killer – when the grieving family are the suspects. The original Victorian whodunnit, the murder and its investigation provoked national hysteria at the thought of what might be festering behind the locked doors of respectable homes – scheming servants, rebellious children, insanity, jealousy, loneliness and loathing.


Fairs, Markets and the Itinerant Book Trade by Robin Myers,Michael Harris,Giles Mandelbrote

Fairs, Markets and the Itinerant Book Trade
  • Title : Fairs, Markets and the Itinerant Book Trade
  • Author : Robin Myers,Michael Harris,Giles Mandelbrote
  • Publisher : British Library
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 223
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From the Frankfurt book fairs in the 16th century to the Farringdon Road barrows in the 20th, fairs and markets have played a crucial role in the circulation of books. In this volumeleading book historians investigate the presence of the book trade in the streets and public spaces of Britain and Europe. The essays range across geographical as well as chronological frontiers to follow the movement of books,ideas and people.


A Trick of the Light by David Ashton

A Trick of the Light
  • Title : A Trick of the Light
  • Author : David Ashton
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 147363105X
  • Pages : 368
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BASED ON THE LONG-RUNNING BBC RADIO 4 McLEVY DRAMA SERIES ...WHILE THE STREETS OF LONDON HAD SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE DARK ALLEYS OF EDINBURGH HAD INSPECTOR JAMES McLEVY ELEGANT AND CONVINCING' The Times | 'ASHTON IS THE DIRECT HEIR TO ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON' Brian Cox | 'EXCELLENT' The Sherlock Holmes Society | 'DRIPPING WITH MELODRAMA AND DERRING-DO' Herald Halloween 1881, Edinburgh, and the dead are restless. In respectable Edinburgh society, beautiful young American spiritualist, Sophia Adler, is causing a furore with her dramatic séances. But the ghosts of the past seem hell-bent on retribution. Inspector James McLevy finds his investigations distracted by more earthly concerns 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. A vicious murder occurs with evidence of supernatural strength and violence. Treachery revenged from a battle long ago. All roads lead to Sophia Adler and the inspector becomes involved with one of the most dangerous women he has ever encountered. THE INSPECTOR MCLEVY SERIES 1 - Shadow of the Serpent 2 - Fall from Grace 3 - A Trick of the Light 4 - Nor Will He Sleep


Nor Will He Sleep by David Ashton

Nor Will He Sleep
  • Title : Nor Will He Sleep
  • Author : David Ashton
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 1473631076
  • Pages : 352
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BASED ON THE LONG-RUNNING BBC RADIO 4 McLEVY DRAMA SERIES ...WHILE THE STREETS OF LONDON HAD SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE DARK ALLEYS OF EDINBURGH HAD INSPECTOR JAMES McLEVY ELEGANT AND CONVINCING' The Times | 'ASHTON IS THE DIRECT HEIR TO ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON' Brian Cox | 'EXCELLENT' The Sherlock Holmes Society | 'DRIPPING WITH MELODRAMA AND DERRING-DO' Herald 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. With Constable Mulholland at his side, he scours the low dives of the waterfront and then sees the tendrils of the case spread to more respectable nooks and crannies. When the inspector encounters Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, in the city to bury his deceased father, the two recognise each other as fellow travellers, observers of the dark side of human nature and both hopeless insomniacs. Glimpses of the murderer indicate a slender, androgynous figure with a silver cane, which is used to lethal effect. A dancing killer non unlike Mr Edward Hyde. THE INSPECTOR MCLEVY SERIES 1 - Shadow of the Serpent 2 - Fall from Grace 3 - A Trick of the Light 4 - Nor Will He Sleep


Shadow of the Serpent by David Ashton

Shadow of the Serpent
  • Title : Shadow of the Serpent
  • Author : David Ashton
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 1473630991
  • Pages : 256
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...WHILE THE STREETS OF LONDON HAD SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE DARK ALLEYS OF EDINBURGH HAD INSPECTOR JAMES McLEVY| 'ASHTON IS THE DIRECT HEIR TO ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON' actor Brian Cox | 'EXCELLENT' The Sherlock Holmes Society | 'DRIPPING WITH MELODRAMA AND DERRING-DO' Herald ELEGANT AND CONVINCING' The Times 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. BASED ON THE LONG-RUNNING BBC RADIO 4 McLEVY DRAMA SERIES THE INSPECTOR MCLEVY SERIES 1 - Shadow of the Serpent 2 - Fall from Grace 3 - A Trick of the Light 4 - Nor Will He Sleep


Scottish Studies Review by N.A

Scottish Studies Review
  • Title : Scottish Studies Review
  • Author : N.A
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The Criminologist by N.A

The Criminologist
  • Title : The Criminologist
  • Author : N.A
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Chapman by N.A

Chapman
  • Title : Chapman
  • Author : N.A
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Hangman's Brae by Norman Adams

Hangman's Brae
  • Title : Hangman's Brae
  • Author : Norman Adams
  • Publisher : Virago Press
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 178
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Dead Sharp by Len Wanner

Dead Sharp
  • Title : Dead Sharp
  • Author : Len Wanner
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  • Pages : 253
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Interviews with contemporary Scottish crime writers.


Bairns by Iona McGregor,Dorothy I. Kidd,National Museums of Scotland

Bairns
  • Title : Bairns
  • Author : Iona McGregor,Dorothy I. Kidd,National Museums of Scotland
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  • Pages : 152
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This work provides a pictorial history of children in Scotland during the last century. The photographs feature children from all backgrounds - town and rural, rich and poor, at home, at school, at play and at work. Dorothy Kidd captions the photographs from the Scottish Ethnological Achive in order to supply details of the children's lives.


Inspector McLevy Mysteries by David Ashton

Inspector McLevy Mysteries
  • Title : Inspector McLevy Mysteries
  • Author : David Ashton
  • Publisher : Birlinn
  • ISBN Code : 085790888X
  • Pages : 887
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A Victorian Morse with a heart' FINANCIAL TIMES 'Elegant and convincing' THE TIMES 'Ashton is the direct heir to Robert Louis Stevenson' BRIAN COX, STAR OF THE BBC RADIO 4 McLEVY PLAY The first three Inspector McLevy thrillers in one omnibus edition - wonderfully evocative detective fiction based in the dark and dank wynds of Victorian Edinburgh. In SHADOW OF THE SERPENT, McLevy is lured into a murky world of politics and perversion after a prostitute is brutally murdered. After a break-in and murder at the Edinburgh home of the egotistical builder of the Tay Bridge, McLevy uncovers even more sinister goings-on in FALL FROM GRACE, this time aided by brothel madam Jean Brash. A TRICK OF THE LIGHT sees McLevy team up with Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle to pursue a ruthless killer and pit his skills against a deadly American spiritualist.


A Trick Of The Light by Louise Penny

A Trick Of The Light
  • Title : A Trick Of The Light
  • Author : Louise Penny
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 0748120556
  • Pages : 352
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The highly acclaimed seventh novel in the bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache series, by international phenomenon and number one New York Times bestseller Louise Penny. In the green depths of spring, morning breaks on a woman splayed in a bed of flowers - her eyes wide, her neck broken. Her death is a mystery; so is the woman herself. But as Chief Inspector Armand Gamache and his team peer into the dark corners of the victim's past, they expose a secret that rots at the very heart of their community - a secret that will implicate someone they've trusted for years. And as Gamache knows too well, in the flickering shadows of death, the truth may be just a trick of the light. 'Stellar . . . With her smart plot and fascinating, nuanced characters, Penny proves again that she is one of our finest writers' (People Magazine)


Annals of British Legislation by Leone Levi

Annals of British Legislation
  • Title : Annals of British Legislation
  • Author : Leone Levi
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Annals of British Legislation by N.A

Annals of British Legislation
  • Title : Annals of British Legislation
  • Author : N.A
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The Casebook of a Victorian Detective by James M'Levy

The Casebook of a Victorian Detective
  • Title : The Casebook of a Victorian Detective
  • Author : James M'Levy
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  • Pages : 270
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The Casebook of a Victorian Detective by James M'Levy

The Casebook of a Victorian Detective
  • Title : The Casebook of a Victorian Detective
  • Author : James M'Levy
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  • Pages : 270
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Fall From Grace by David Ashton

Fall From Grace
  • Title : Fall From Grace
  • Author : David Ashton
  • Publisher : Hachette UK
  • ISBN Code : 1473631033
  • Pages : 320
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BASED ON THE LONG-RUNNING BBC RADIO 4 McLEVY DRAMA SERIES ...WHILE THE STREETS OF LONDON HAD SHERLOCK HOLMES, THE DARK ALLEYS OF EDINBURGH HAD INSPECTOR JAMES McLEVY ELEGANT AND CONVINCING' The Times | 'ASHTON IS THE DIRECT HEIR TO ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON' Brian Cox | 'EXCELLENT' The Sherlock Holmes Society | 'DRIPPING WITH MELODRAMA AND DERRING-DO' Herald 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. THE INSPECTOR MCLEVY SERIES 1 - Shadow of the Serpent 2 - Fall from Grace 3 - A Trick of the Light 4 - Nor Will He Sleep


The British Quarterly Review by N.A

The British Quarterly Review
  • Title : The British Quarterly Review
  • Author : N.A
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The Imagination, and Other Essays by George MacDonald

The Imagination, and Other Essays
  • Title : The Imagination, and Other Essays
  • Author : George MacDonald
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  • Pages : 312
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The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler

The Way of All Flesh
  • Title : The Way of All Flesh
  • Author : Samuel Butler
  • Publisher : BoD – Books on Demand
  • ISBN Code : 3734085020
  • Pages : 444
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Reproduction of the original: The Way of All Flesh by Samuel Butler


Once a Week by S. Lucas

Once a Week
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  • Author : S. Lucas
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Contemporary Lesbian Writing by Paulina Palmer

Contemporary Lesbian Writing
  • Title : Contemporary Lesbian Writing
  • Author : Paulina Palmer
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  • Pages : 141
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End of the Line by David Ashton

End of the Line
  • Title : End of the Line
  • Author : David Ashton
  • Publisher : Birlinn
  • ISBN Code : 0857900293
  • Pages : 62
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David Ashton's writing is excellent, his characters thoroughly convincing, and his narrative grabs you - I was going to say, by the throat - and doesn't let you go' - The Sherlock Holmes Society of London 'McLevy is a sort of Victorian Morse with a heart, prowling the mean wynds and tenements of the endless fascinating city. David Ashton impeccably evokes Edinburgh so vividly that you can feel the cold in your bones and the menace of the Old Town's steep cobbles and dark corners' - Financial Times 'Dripping with melodrama and derring-do' - The Herald 'Ashton's McLevy ... is a man obsessed with meting out justice, and with demons of his own' - The Scotsman Exclusive eBook-only edition. When the body of a handsome, fleshy man is found on the Newcastle to Edinburgh train with the livid mark of a garotte round his throat like a lethal necklace, naturally the first port of call is Leith Police Station and Inspector James McLevy. The corpse is discovered to be one 'Count Borromeo', a ruthless seducer and amoral bigamist; it soon emerges that Jean Brash's coachman, the ginger-haired giant Angus Dalrymple, was also aboard the train and is the number one suspect, a fact that sets Jean and the inspector once more at daggers drawn. When McLevy and Constable Mulholland finally unravel this case, the murderer is confronted in a deadly encounter on the girders and high gantries above Waverley Station. This is an adaptation of an episode of the BBC series based around the Victorian detective James McLevy, developed for Radio 4 by David Ashton.


Edinburgh Portraits by Michael Turnbull

Edinburgh Portraits
  • Title : Edinburgh Portraits
  • Author : Michael Turnbull
  • Publisher : John Donald
  • ISBN Code :
  • Pages : 313
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The Lamplighter by Anthony O'Neill

The Lamplighter
  • Title : The Lamplighter
  • Author : Anthony O'Neill
  • Publisher : Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN Code : 0743254295
  • Pages : 320
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An atmospheric thriller set in nineteenth-century Edinburgh, Anthony O'Neill's elegant, darkly masterful novel is full of psychological suspense and first-rate horror. Evelyn is a clever orphan at the Fountainbridge Institute for Destitute Girls. Enchanted by a cheerful lamplighter who fires the streetlamp outside her window each evening, she mesmerizes the other girls with flights of fancy. In a time before Freudian awareness of sexuality and the subconscious mind, such tales are forbidden by the institute's governor, who warns Evelyn to cease her nocturnal storytelling. Evelyn defies him -- and is cast out of the orphanage and sacrificed to a shadowy figure claiming to be her long-lost father. Who is this man, and why does he lock Evelyn away in a hunting lodge? Years later, the mutilated body of a professor of ecclesiastical law turns up on one of Edinburgh's finest streets; the grave of a famous colonel is ravaged; a shady entrepreneur is slaughtered while dashing for a train; and a retired lighthouse keeper is ripped to shreds while walking his dog -- all this after Evelyn, now a young woman, has reappeared in the city. What connects the victims? And what of Evelyn, anguished and appealing, who repeatedly claims to have dreamed the murders in great detail -- each time blaming a mysterious "lamplighter"? Leading the official investigation is Carus Groves, a conceited yet effective police inspector desperate to cap his unremarkable career with a sensational case. Heading up the unofficial investigation is a disillusioned professor of logic and metaphysics, Thomas McKnight, and his assistant, Joseph Canavan, a strapping young gravedigger. Using reason, intuition, philosophy, and luck, these men race to solve the murders and unveil the source of Evelyn's torment, and in so doing penetrate the very gates of Hell.


The Lost Daughter by David Ashton

The Lost Daughter
  • Title : The Lost Daughter
  • Author : David Ashton
  • Publisher : Two Roads
  • ISBN Code : 9781473632295
  • Pages : 352
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For fans of Elementary, Ripper Street and Sherlock Holmes - meet Jean Brash, a feisty, self-made woman turned sleuth in murky Victorian Edinburgh where crime and high society meet. Jean Brash is beautiful, intelligent and in her prime. Owner of The Just Land, the best and most successful brothel in Victorian Edinburgh, she's seen the highs and lows of society and been on both sides of the law, much to the frustration of her sparring partner, Inspector James McLevy. And Jean has a mind to do some sleuthing of her own ... It's Spring and Jean Brash is raring to go. A theatre company arrives in Leith to perform King Lear. A ruthless robbery is planned, a gruesome murder committed, both of which set off unwanted events and unearth long buried connections from Jean's past. Even more lethally, her own lost family life explodes in the present, as a wild young actress who trails violence and death behind her, involves Jean in a dangerous complex game that threatens to destroy the very root of her identity and everything Jean has fought to achieve. Jean Brash is my favourite character and David Ashton's writing is as delicious, elegant and compelling as she is' Siobhan Redmond (Jean Brash in BBC Radio 4's McLevy series)


At War with Society by James McLevy

At War with Society
  • Title : At War with Society
  • Author : James McLevy
  • Publisher : Franklin Classics Trade Press
  • ISBN Code : 9780353627185
  • Pages : 322
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