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Dead Image (Inspector Best #1)

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* The explosion was heard 20 miles away. It killed canal boatmen & wrecked the Pompeian villa of Lawrence Alma-Tadema, the St John's Wood artist. But what caused the 1874 Regent's Park Explosion? Fenian bombs or sabogate by rival railways?
Unknown Binding, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2000 by Robert Hale & Company
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First book in a series of novels that mix fiction with real historical events. Sergeant Best investigates the death of a young woman whose body is discovered in the aftermath of a canal boat explosion.

There is an enjoyable mix of history and fiction here, with some nicely researched details, such as the advertisements of the time. The Victorian setting comes over well - the rise of the railways and the impact on canal traffic, the artists in St Johns Wood, the fog and horse drawn cabs. Best is a
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Apr 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
‘Dead Image’ by Joan Lock
Published by The Mystery Press, February 2012. ISBN: 978-0-7524-6455-8

Set in 1874, the explosion aboard the canal boat Tilbury on an October evening in the fashionable St John's Wood area, is the backdrop to this intriguing mystery. For following the recovery of the bodies of boatmen William Taylor and the lad, and eventually the mangled body of skipper Charles Baxton, the rescuers find a fourth body, that of a slight woman with fair hair not facially recognizable. For S
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Detective Sergeant Best works for the Metropolitan Police. When a canal boat explodes on the canal through Regent’s Park in 1874 killing and injuring several people Best finds himself trying to identify bodies including that of a young woman. Making enquiries he comes across the feisty Helen – sister of one of the missing young women who might possibly be the body in the mortuary.

This is an interesting Victorian mystery story, well written and well researched. I introduces the interesting, half
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Ex-policewoman JOAN LOCK is the author of non-fiction books and crime novels. She has been a regular contributor to the police press and the journal of the Crime Writers' Association. She has also written short stories, radio plays and radio documentaries. She lives in London.
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