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The Devil's Highway

(Robert Fairfax #2)

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  59 ratings  ·  11 reviews
Traveling to his new employer's country home, private tutor Robert Fairfax discovers a tipped stagecoach-and the dead bodies within it. But this is more than a robbery. And the victims are not who they appear to be...
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 4th 2003 by Signet (first published 1999)
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Clare O'Beara
I enjoyed this book though I had not read the first in the series. This is a Georgian mystery which makes excellent use of horses for various forms of transport around the gentle countryside. A highwayman is robbing coaches and carts, and now he turns to murder. But a tutor to young gentlemen looks into the matter as an agent for his current employer, the magistrate. He finds that some of the passengers were not who they claimed or have gone missing from the coach.

Oddly for a man named Fairfax
Feb 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
For once a mystery I didn't solve long before the end. I am going to have to find the others in this series--I really like the main character and the time period. It is nice to find a historically accurate mystery for a change--usually very modern ideas are forced on all of the characters these days. My only complaint is that my copy is incredibly full of typos that would drive the hero, Fairfax, completely batty. A few times they even made the meaning of the sentence a little hard to discern. S ...more
Apr 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: england
I enjoyed this class. Good History mixed in w/mystery. I was chasing after the wrong person throughout the book.
Good details of life in the early 1700's in England.
Pamela Finney
Jun 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Fascinating look at England in the Georgian period, complete with the language of the day. This does make it just a little difficult to absorb the plot as you decipher what is really being said. The descriptions are so well-written I could see the places in England I have visited. I enjoyed it enough to read more.
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I’ve enjoyed reading these historical mysteries. They are well written with interesting plots. Look forward to reading more.
Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fun mystery.
Apr 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: novels
I got a kick out of this novel. I don't know how I came by it or when, but I unearthed it in our recent move and -- unlike just about every other novel I found in the same box -- I not only made it past the 10 page mark, but I kept on going.

The plot is this: a coach has been run off the road and the coachman and the passengers are all dead. One man who was feared to be killed is actually alive, and a woman who ought to have been on the coach is missing. The hero Fairfax, a sort of secretary to
K.B. Hallman
The Signet paperback edition is a typographical trainwreck. Every page or two contained an error of some kind. All that eye-rolling and head-shaking in disgust definitely slowed down the narrative. -*

However, the characters are interesting: the less-than-grieving widow, the would-be murderer who accepts his unusual morals, the lay preacher who is both distasteful and likable, the pompous and loyal employer, the supposed victim whom you wish had really been murdered.....

The plot is strong. The pu
Nov 20, 2012 rated it liked it
Overall it was a good read, engaging and not to deep, but deep enough that I didn't figure out the mystery. (A little twisty but NO where near as twisty as Jonathon Kellerman)The main character was sympathetic and not too out of step with his time. Several of the side characters were well drawn and sympathetic.

I was a bit annoyed by the mixing of period slang and terminology with more modern slang. Seriously, if the author goes through the effort of looking up period terminology in places why n
May 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
While it was a good mystery, the characters and their dialogue just didn't seem to fit the time period and that threw me off. I expected more.
Nov 14, 2012 rated it liked it
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This was a decent historical mystery. There's not really anything that makes this series stand out, but it's still perfectly enjoyable.
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Hannah March is a pseudonym used by the author who was born and brought up in Peterborough on the edge of the Fens and was a student on the University of East Anglia MA Course in Creative Writing under Malcolm Bradbury and Angela Carter. He is married and lives in Peterborough.

A pseudonym used by Tim Wilson.

Also wrote under the names T.R. Wilson and Jude Morgan.

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