Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Book Review: Murder at the Lodge by J M Gregson

Disclosure / Disclaimer: I received this ebook, free of charge,from Endeavor Press, via Netgalley, for review purposes on this blog. No other compensation, monetary or in kind, has been received or implied for this post. Nor was I told how to post about it,  all opinions are my own.




This might not be an Irish book per se, but it has Irish characters, 
and talks about the history of the Irish people!



Synopsis:


As the Masonic Lodge Ladies’ night draws to a close and the guests drift away, a man is found in the car park, garrotted at his steering wheel.


Moments later, the police are called out to attend the scene of a burglary. But nothing in the house seems to be stolen…



DI Percy Peach has always taken a special pleasure in taunting his superior, Superintendent Tucker, about the indiscretions of his fellow Masons.



And now with a dead body found at a Masonic function, the inspector has been given a free hand to dig up any amount of dirt about the secret order.



Blackmail and bribes run rife throughout.



Debts lead to threats and violence. 



Infidelity leads to maddening jealousy. 



And some feuds last a lifetime.



As the murder enquiry unfolds, Percy Peach and his colleagues find themselves unearthing the seedier side of East Lancashire’s elite.


With alibis contradicting one another and emotions running high, the Masonic lodge grows into a collection of suspects who each held a motive to pursue revenge…


Review:

This is a fun little mystery, much in the realm of Agatha Christie. Peach has what appears to be a closed room mystery, or does he? As his team digs further into the background of the victim, they realize things are definitely NOT what they seem at the Mason Hall, and Peach's quote of  " 4 out 5 of all serious crimes in the village are committed by a Mason" may have some truth to it. But as secrets become exposed Peach realizes they have not one, but too many suspects. Can he figure out who the correct one is? Has the past come back to kill the victim? This is a quick read that lovers of traditional mystery will greatly enjoy! 



About the Author:


James Michael Gregson taught for twenty-seven years in schools, colleges and universities before concentrating on full-time writing. He has written books on subjects as diverse as golf and Shakespeare. His other crime novels include Bring Forth Your Dead, Dead on Course, Making a Killing, Stranglehold and Body Politic. 



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