Friday, May 30, 2008

Mystery Book Review: Waterloo Sunset by Martin Edwards

Mysterious Reviews, mysteries reviewed by the Hidden Staircase Mystery Books, is publishing a new review of Waterloo Sunset by Martin Edwards. For our blog readers, we are printing it first here in advance of its publication on our website.

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A Harry Devlin Mystery

Poisoned Pen Press (Hardcover)
ISBN-10: 1-59058-441-4 (1590584414)
ISBN-13: 978-1-59058-441-5 (9781590584415)
Publication Date: April 2008
List Price: $24.95

Synopsis (from the publisher): A notice announcing that Harry Devlin died suddenly on Midsummer’s Eve arrives at the office of his law firm one June day. Harry isn’t happy to read it – especially as Midsummer’s Eve is less than a week away. His partner Jim Crusoe treats the message as a joke, but Harry isn’t so sure. From that moment on, his world starts to fall apart. Who is his unknown enemy? The list of people who might want rid of him lengthens, and soon someone close to him is savagely attacked and left for dead.

Meanwhile, young women are being murdered in Harry’s home city of Liverpool. When a friend who has asked to meet him becomes the latest victim, Harry is dragged into the investigation and becomes a suspect. He finds himself fighting for survival on two fronts. But even as he unravels the shocking secret behind the murders, the clock keeps ticking. Harry must discover and confront the enemy who wants him dead - if he is to live to see Midsummer’s Day.

Review: Liverpool attorney Harry Devlin attempts to prevent the published announcement of his death from becoming reality in Waterloo Sunset, the eighth mystery in this series by Martin Edwards.

One day in mid-June Harry notices a blank envelope on his desk with no name or return address. He opens the envelope to find his own death notice, declaring that he is to die on Midsummer’s Eve. At first, he and his law partner, Jim Crusoe, think this to be someone’s idea of a practical joke. After all, who would want to see Harry dead? And why on Midsummer’s Eve? Shortly thereafter Jim is savagely beaten and left for dead. After the meaningless attack on Jim had set in, Harry’s thoughts turn to the subject of his own death. The notice of his death was not a prank. Someone was setting out to kill him. In the meantime, three women have been killed. They were all strangled, their tongues cut out. Was this the work of a single person, or was there a copycat involved? Or was this the work of the person who wanted Harry dead, practicing for the final kill?

Although he is not a criminal lawyer, Harry starts making a list of past clients who may have not received satisfactory verdicts in their cases and may have blamed him. And then he finds himself a suspect in the murders of the women. He had an appointment to meet one the women at the place and time she was killed. He claimed he was there, but she didn’t show up. To save himself (both literally and figuratively), Harry starts an investigation to find who hurt Jim and who killed the women. All the while, he must keep himself vigilant and aware that there is still someone out there who wants him dead.

Waterloo Sunset is a winning whodunit. There are many suspects, and many more who probably should be but aren't. The intricately plotted storyline keeps the reader guessing as to how the seemingly unconnected crimes could be related. The stunning conclusion that brings a climatic closure to Midsummer's Eve is completely unexpected and justifies how terrific this book really is.

Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of for contributing her review of Waterloo Sunset and to Poisoned Pen Press for providing an ARC of the book for this review.

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New Hardcover Mysteries for June 2008

New Hardcover Mystery Books

The Hidden Staircase Mystery Books has updated its list of with books scheduled for publication in June 2008.

For our series fans, we've listed those titles with their series character(s) separately below:

Losing Ground by Catherine Aird. Inspector Sloan (21st).

A Fatal Waltz by Tasha Alexander. Emily Ashton (3rd).

Dead in Red by L. L. Bartlett. Jeff Resnick (2nd).

The Deceived by Brett Battles. Jonathan Quinn (2nd).

Shadow Command by Dale Brown. Patrick McLanahan (14th).

Singularity by Kathryn Casey. Sarah Armstrong (1st).

Blackman's Coffin by Mark de Castrique. Sam Blackman (1st). Scheduled to be reviewed by .

Nothing to Lose by Lee Child. Jack Reacher (12th).

Obsessions by Marshall Cook. Monona Quinn (4th).

A Poisoned Mind by Natasha Cooper. Trish Maguire (9th).

TailSpin by Catherine Coulter. FBI Suspense (12th).

Vineyard Chill by Philip R. Craig. J. W. Jackson, Martha's Vineyard (19th).

Every Secret Crime by Doug M. Cummings. Reno McCarthy (2nd).

Still Waters by Judith Cutler. Frances Harman (3rd).

The Broken Window by Jeffery Deaver. Lincoln Rhyme (8th).

The Drifter's Wheel by Phillip DePoy. Fever Devilin (5th).

Hungry Ghosts by Susan Dunlap. Darcy Lott (2nd).

Fearless Fourteen by Janet Evanovich. Stephanie Plum (14th, 16th).

Buried Too Deep by Jane Finnis. Aurelia Marcella (3rd). Scheduled to be reviewed by .

Black Seconds by Karin Fossum. Inspector Sejer (5th).

Next Door to Murder by Anthea Fraser. Rona Parish (6th).

The Dirty Secrets Club by Meg Gardiner. Jo Beckett (1st).

A Patent Lie by Paul Goldstein. Michael Seeley (2nd).

Heavenly Pleasures by Kerry Greenwood. Corinna Chapman (2nd). Scheduled to be reviewed by .

Wishbones by Carolyn Haines. Sarah Booth Delaney, Southern Belle (8th).

Game Over by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles. Bill Slider (11th).

Dead Hot Shot by Victoria Houston. Loon Lake (9th).

The Chorister at the Abbey by Lis Howell. Norbridge Chronicles (2nd).

Rules, Regs and Rotten Eggs by H. R. F. Keating. Harriet Martens (7th).

The Manor of Death by Bernard Knight. Crowner John (12th).

House Rules by Mike Lawson. Joe DeMarco (3rd).

Killing Bridezilla by Laura Levine. Jaine Austen (7th).

Swing Low, Sweet Chariot by Jackie Lynn. Rose Franklin, Shady Grove (3rd).

Shadow of Power by Steve Martini. Paul Madriana (9th). Scheduled to be reviewed by .

Shimura Trouble by Sujata Massey. Rei Shimura (10th).

Dead Silver by Neil McMahon. Hugh Davoren (2nd).

A Vengeful Longing by R. N. Morris. Porfiry Petrovich (2nd).

Vita Nuova by Magdalen Nabb. Marshal Salvatore Guarnaccia (14th). Scheduled to be reviewed by .

The Mind's Eye by Hakan Nesser. Van Veeteren (1st).

Exile Trust by Vincent H. O'Neil. Frank Cole (3rd).

The Dark of Day by Barbara Parker. C. J. Dunn (1st).

Old School Bones by Randall Peffer. Michael DeCastro (2nd).

Not in the Flesh by Ruth Rendell. Inspector Wexford (22nd).

King of the Holly Hop by Les Roberts. Milan Jacovich (14th). Scheduled to be reviewed by .

Fixation by Mark Schorr. Brian Hanson (2nd).

The Green Man by Kate Sedley. Roger the Chapman (17th).

Dyer Consequences by Maggie Sefton. Kelly Flynn, Knitting (5th).

Judgment Day by Sheldon Siegel. Mike Daley (6th).

Cool Cache by Patricia Smiley. Tucker Sinclair (4th).

Breaking Point by Frank Smith. Neil Paget (6th).

A Dying Fall by Sally Spencer. Charlie Woodend (19th).

I Shall Not Want by Julia Spencer-Fleming. Clare Fergusson (6th).

Murder on Bank Street by Victoria Thompson. Sarah Brandt and Frank Malloy, Gaslight (10th).

An Expert in Murder by Nicola Upson. Josephine Tey (1st).

In the Heat by Ian Vasquez. Miles Young (1st).

The Blood Detective by Dan Waddell. Nigel Barnes (1st).

A Darker Side by Shirley Wells. Jill Kennedy and DCI Max Trentham (2nd). Scheduled to be reviewed by .

Second Sitting by Stella Whitelaw. Casey Jones (1st).

Illegally Dead by David Wishart. Marcus Corvinus (12th).

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