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The third in David Ashton's series of McLevy books, 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 brutally shot dead by their secThe third in David Ashton's series of McLevy books, 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 brutally shot dead by their secret agents. The money vanishes. This incident sets the scene for more foul play in another pacy McLevy thriller....

Title : A Trick of the Light
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ISBN : 12456448
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Number of Pages : 285 Pages
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A Trick of the Light Reviews

  • Donald
    2018-10-02 12:09

    A good enough Edinburgh crime caper, featuring Arthur Conan Doyle and Spiritualism, and McLevy finally gets Jean Brash in a cell, but he's not happy about it. Again my pet peeve comes into play - these new covers. I don't know who that skinny sophisticat is meant to be, but it's certainly not Inspector Mclevy!

  • Trevor Kenning
    2018-10-02 14:47

    Very enjoyable. A bit of an overlong ending as the numerous strands of the plot were tied up

  • Victoria
    2018-10-10 13:53

    This was an interesting book for me, having recently read Inspector James McLevy's autobiography and having listened to the author's radio plays about the detective. Knowing the radio series a little, I could hear Brian Cox and Siobhan Redmond as McLevy and Jean Brash, which brought the characters more to life for me. There was also one incident that was clearly and unashamedly derived from an incident McLevy recorded in his autobiography. In the end, though, his book is a different animal to either.The writing itself is a beautiful mixture of lyrical and intelligent verbosity and auld Scots patter. It doesn't talk down to you and assumes by the context that you'll get the meaning of any given word (be that Scottish slang or a unnecessarily literary word). And, as a Scot living in England, it was nice to be exposed to my native tongue. But some of the focus of that writing was lazy. A Victorian detective story set in Edinburgh where a young man barging into the station introduces himself as Mr. Arthur Conan Doyle? Predictable. That on meeting the young man, the heroic detective would make a Sherlockian series of deductions about him that astound and amaze young Doyle? Seen it before. That the young man would form an attachment to a pretty but distant young woman with the surname Adler? Yawn. That Doyle tells the detective that while he will not base his fiction on him, he has been inspired by some of the detectives doings and manners? Didn't need spelling out by that point. I feel like Ashton let himself (and the real James McLevy) down by being so obvious. As to the rest of the story, it was easy to guess young Miss Adler's connection to the story told in the prologue and who she really was. The side story of Jean's deadly rivalry was fun for someone who knows the character, but you never felt any tension. I could easily tell where the story was headed and you knew McLevy would save the day. And the smaller, burglary case felt like it was only shoe-horned in to provide an entry for Doyle and someone who could later turn out to be the surprise unknown witness McLevy needed to tie the other case up in a neat little bow (and Ashton needed to give an otherwise predictable story an actual twist).Because I enjoythe radio series and feel the characters could be so much better, I will probably give another McLevy novel a chance somewhere down the line. But I really do think Ashton could have done better on this one.

  • Emmalg
    2018-09-21 08:08

    Chapter one did nothing for me, in fact if I was in the habit of abandoning books I might have done so at that point but fortunately I carried on. I found the first half of the book difficult to love. I would put it down then pick it up after a while by which point I had forgotten what was happening. Yet through all that the strength of McLevy's character kept me going and soon the plot picked up and several threads were carefully woven together. By the time I got to the end I think I'd done a bit of a Lizzie Bennett and feel ashamed of how I first felt about it. I highly recommend this book. I'll definitely be reading the others now.

  • Sandy Buchanan
    2018-09-24 12:43

    One of the Inspector McLevey series (3 so far). Set in teh criminal underbelly of Victorian Edinburgh. Ashton creates a very atmospheric picture of what life was like for the criminal element in Edinburgh and Leith. Converted to a very successful radio series featuring Brian Cox as McLevey ( The actor not the astrophysicist!)

  • Wilde Sky
    2018-09-29 14:41

    Edinburgh murder mystery set in 1881.I found the writing style to be overblown and the use of slang / dialect meant it was difficult to follow the story.If this book had followed the writing style of Arthur Conan Doyle, very concise and every word supplying the reader with meaning, it would have been a much better book.

  • Cameron
    2018-10-10 15:04

    The third of the Mclevy novels by David Ashton. I've enjoyed all three of these novels. McLevy is an interesting character the interactions between the characters are entertaining, and Edinburgh is well described. This novel featured a spiritualist, a family grudge,a relic of the American Civil War, and a young Arthur Conan Doyle.

  • David Johnston
    2018-10-11 15:06

    One of the particular little pleasures of writing a period mystery is that you get to incorporate famous real people into your story without risking lawsuits. Thus Arthur Conan Doyle can show up here. But he seems a smidge gratuitous. I mean the story didn't really need his contribution.

  • Amanda Meggs
    2018-10-06 08:07

    My favourite so far. Inspector McLevy is a very interesting character, this time we had several plots interwoven and several murders too. This time Arthur Conan Doyle was brought into the tale and also the mild mannered copper Ballintyne who gives a lighter side to the story.

  • Adrienne B
    2018-09-26 08:56

    I have so far really enjoyed the Inspector McLevy series. I find them engaging and they have enough conspiracy and mystery to keep me interested. I found this book a little more predictable than the first but otherwise a great read.

  • David
    2018-10-06 10:51

    Truth be told: I wasn't really all that impressed by this novel. I found the plot to be pretty obvious from the get-go, none of the central characters to be all that interesting, and the phonetic spelling of pronunciation to be rather off-putting.Perhaps I'm just not the target audience?

  • Bernadette
    2018-10-17 12:02

    This murder mystery is set in Edinburgh in the late 19th century is full of twists and turns. Once you get used to the local dialect you will enjoy this book as it is a different approach from the usual murder mystery .

  • Jo
    2018-10-19 12:03

    Excellent yarn that includes not only the redoubtable McLevy, but spins a wonderful tale of how Author Conan Doyle met Sophia Adler and who served as the inspiration for the consulting detective! Highly recommended!

  • Anne
    2018-09-21 07:56

    Scotland - Edinburgh

  • Lorraine
    2018-10-06 07:40

    Lots of twist. Great story and worth the read...looking for more tales from this strange flat foot!

  • Michael
    2018-10-19 11:50

    A bit more convoluted than the previous books, sometimes too many irons in the fire, as it were, but still a satisfying journey.

  • Brackman1066
    2018-10-10 08:10

    My favorite of the series so far. Ashton now has a firm handle on the interactions among his characters. A fun historical mystery.

  • Margareth8537
    2018-10-19 13:50

    This series by Ashton has been excellent