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Trick of the Light

Trick of the Light

David Ashton

David Ashton

Review'David Ashton, like Robert Louis Stevenson or Ian Rankin, is inspired by the beauty-and-beast nature of Edinburgh. His interpretation of James McLevy is worthy of the original man' SHERLOCK HOLMES SOCIETY 'McLevy is a sort of Victorian Morse with a heart' FINANCIAL TIMES Product DescriptionDavid Ashton, like Robert Louis Stevenson or Ian Rankin, is inspired by the beauty-and-beast nature of Edinburgh. His interpretation of James McLevy is worthy of the original man' - Sherlock Holmes SocietyThe third in David Ashton’s series of McLevy thrillers, A Trick of the Light sees McLevy team up with Arthur Conan Doyle to pursue a ruthless killer. It is 1860 and a Confederate officer, Jonathen Sinclair, arrives in Edinburgh with a sheaf of money to purchase a blockade-runner from Clydeside shipbuilders. He is betrayed to the Union forces and is shot dead by their secret agents. Who are they and where is Sinclair’s money? Meanwhile, a beautiful young American spiritualist, Sophia Adler, is the toast of upper-class Edinburgh with her dramatic séances. However, she could yet prove to be the deadliest woman McLevy and Conan Doyle will ever encounter.
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Fall From Grace im-2

Fall From Grace im-2

David Ashton

David Ashton

The second in a new series of McLevy books, "Fall from Grace" revolves around the terrible Tay Bridge disaster. The story begins with a break-in and murder at the Edinburgh home of Sir Thomas Bouch, the enigmatic, egotistical builder of the Tay Bridge. McLevy is brought in to investigate. With the help of brothel madam Jean Brash, McLevy finds the murderer, but there is much, much more to unfold: murder, arson, sexual obsession and suicide. About the Author David Ashton was born in Greenock in 1941. He studied at Central Drama School, London, from 1964 to 1967, and most recently appeared in 'The Last King of Scotland'. David started writing in 1984 and he has seen many of his plays and TV adaptations broadcast - he wrote early episodes of 'EastEnders' and 'Casualty', and four McLevy series for BBC Radio 4. A 90-minute McLevy film has been commissioned by STV.
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The Painted Lady-TPL

The Painted Lady-TPL

David Ashton

David Ashton

A dead judge’s wife is suspected of poisoning him and the Haymarket police think they have a foolproof case. They have undisclosed evidence she has been having an affair with a society artist plus the fact that a quantity of arsenic has been found in the judge’s body. She appeals for help to McLevy though the case is not in his parish; there is an ambivalent quality to her, an elusive attraction that the Inspector can’t resist. Nor can Leith’s finest avoid the temptation of getting one over his Haymarket colleagues. In a world of corruption, drugs and unfaithfulness who is to be believed? McLevy finds the answer but will justice be done?
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Shadow of the Serpent im-1

Shadow of the Serpent im-1

David Ashton

David Ashton

The first in the McLevy series, this is wonderfully evocative detective fiction, based in dark, violent, Victorian Edinburgh. It's 1880 and the city is gripped by election fever. But while the rich and educated argue about politics, in the dank wynds of the city it's a struggle just to stay alive, especially when a murderous madman seems to have resurfaced after 30 years. McLevy is lured into a world of politics, perversion, deception and mystery and into the shadow of the serpent.
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End of the Line

End of the Line

David Ashton

David Ashton

’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 ScotsmanExclusive 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.
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Nor Will He Sleep

Nor Will He Sleep

David Ashton

David Ashton

1887. The streets of Edinburgh seethe with youthful anarchy as two rival gangs of students, Scarlet Runners and White Devils, try to outdo each other in wild exploits. After a pitched battle between them, an old woman is found savagely battered to death in Leith Harbour. Enter Inspector James McLevy, a little more grizzled, but unchanging in his fierce desire to mete out justice. As the inspector delves further he meets up with one Robert Louis Stevenson, author of Jekyll and Hyde, in the city to bury his recently deceased father.
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End of the Line - short story-TPL

End of the Line - short story-TPL

David Ashton

David Ashton

'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 ScotsmanExclusive 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...
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Trick of the Light im-3

Trick of the Light im-3

David Ashton

David Ashton

David Ashton, like Robert Louis Stevenson or Ian Rankin, is inspired by the beauty-and-beast nature of Edinburgh. His interpretation of James McLevy is worthy of the original man' - Sherlock Holmes SocietyThe third in David Ashton’s series of McLevy thrillers, A Trick of the Light sees McLevy team up with Arthur Conan Doyle to pursue a ruthless killer. It is 1860 and a Confederate officer, Jonathen Sinclair, arrives in Edinburgh with a sheaf of money to purchase a blockade-runner from Clydeside shipbuilders. He is betrayed to the Union forces and is shot dead by their secret agents. Who are they and where is Sinclair’s money? Meanwhile, a beautiful young American spiritualist, Sophia Adler, is the toast of upper-class Edinburgh with her dramatic séances. However, she could yet prove to be the deadliest woman McLevy and Conan Doyle will ever encounter.
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