Waxwork (Sergeant Cribb #8)
Beautiful Miriam Cromer seems confident that she will be acquitted of the murder of her husband’s assistant despite her confession. She blames her husband although he has an alibi. It’s up to Cribb and Thackeray to discover what really happened.
Howard Cromer runs a photographic studio. His assistant Josiah Perceval is found dead poisoned by potassium cyanide, a bottle of which is kept locked in the studio for photographic purposes. Miriam Cromer, wife of Howard, confesses to the crime claiming that Perceval was blackmailing her. She is sentenced to hang.
The Home Office then gets a photograph (sent anonymously) which casts doubt on the confession. Sergeant Cribb is selected to carry out a se ...more
I'm sure I read this over 30 years ago, but fortunately I have the memory of a sieve and after a few months these books are often a delightful surprise to me ... although there might be a nagging suspicion in the back of my mind that something's awfully familiar about it.
There are three parallel narratives: the hangman going about his daily business, lightly nagged by his wife; the condemned woman experiencing life in Newgate ...more
Sergeant Crabb has been asked to look into a case. That's not so odd. But the case has already been closed, a murderer arrested, and the sentence of death passed. So why look into it now? Plainly put, because Scotland Yard has had a few delicate hints dropped that they might have arrested the wrong person. And since the person is a woman, public sympathy is running high. So Inspector Jowett, who has never liked Crabb and whom Crabb think ...more
This was my first Sgt. Cribb, but it is the last in the series. Part of his appeal is that he is an underdog having been passed over for promotion to Inspector for so many years. At the en ...more
Sergeant Cribb follows a trail of clues to see if a pardon can be secured for a notorious murderess. Will he be able to complete his investigation before the hangman does his job?
Lovesey again gives us a deftly written, gripping tale of murder and the lives of those touched by it, with a number of unexpected twists and turns of the plot to keep the reader guessing!