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A Bloody Hot Summer

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  11 reviews
It’s 1927 and Great Britain is sweltering in an unprecedented heatwave. On the morning after her eightieth birthday party, Lady Fitzhugh is discovered bound and butchered in her bed, with her family and staff the prime suspects...

Whilst holidaying at nearby Meadowford Village, Detective Dermot Carlyle is asked to help investigate the brutal murder. The clues all point to a
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Published November 12th 2019 by Black Rose Writing
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Mary Yarde
Jan 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing

“Her screams reverberated throughout the mansion as the tray fell, scattering its contents on the bedroom floor…”

The Fitzhugh family had congregated at Fitzhugh Manor in the village of Meadowford, to celebrate Lady Doris Fitzhugh’s eightieth birthday. But the tranquillity of this small family union was shattered when Alice entered her mistresses’ bedroom the following morning, for Alice had unwittingly stumbled upon a gruesome discovery. Lady Doris’s throat had been slit, and her emerald jewelle
Michael Hartnett
Dec 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A Lively Mystery that Exposes Murderers and Empires
Trevor D’Silva’s A Bloody Hot Summer is an old-fashioned British mystery, marked by an ever-building body count and a delicious parade of clues. Yet the novel also serves as a penetrating commentary on the price of Empire with its enemies made near (Scotland and Germany) and far (India and South Africa). By interweaving the complex history of the Fitzhugh family from 1850s India to fin de siècle South Africa (during the Boer Wars) to the Great W
Billy Buttons
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
19th October, 2019
TITLE: A Bloody Hot Summer
AUTHOR: Trevor D’Silva
Star Rating: 4

To Sum Up
‘A cleverly plotted murder mystery populated with complex characters. Very enjoyable.’

I do enjoy a good murder mystery. And this is what A Bloody Hot Summer is. Set mostly in England during the 1920s, it kicks off with the murder of Lady Fitzhugh, a murder Inspector Lester Enderby and the younger Dermot Carlyle must try to solve. What follows is a cleverly interwoven plot i
Lisa McCombs
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Lady Doris Fitzhugh is celebrating her eightieth birthday and surrounded by friends, family and important members of the English countryside where she lives in her inherited Fitzhugh Manor. The day is hot, bloody hot, but that doesn’t deter from the celebratory confusion of the day. As guests come and go, it is easy to be misplaced, but at the end of the day no one expects to be murdered. There is no reason to expect foul play, even within a family of dark secrets. Fortunately Inspector Dermot L ...more
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Apr 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Overall Rating = 4.88
Storyline & Concept = 5
Writing & Delivery = 5
Cover Marketability = 5
Editorial = 4.5

A Bloody Hot Summer offers a fine influential mix and feel of two of England’s most famous literary giants. The Dickens-like introduction immediately releases mystery and flashes the twists to come. An intricately laid out cast of characters is introduced with purpose and the flavor of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle fitting each one into the puzzle. Classic storyline points are used in a learned and s
Colin Benbow
May 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A gratifying read

A book with lots of twists in the plot which includes historical fact as pert of the story. Following the twisting plot tests the brain at times though satisfying when you grasp the relationship.
Felt at times the detective a little slow in picking up the clues. His age and rank make the reader wonder why the older higher ranked inspector didn’t take more of a leading role. Enjoyed The adventure. A reminder the Norman governing class have not been perfect in treatment of other c
May 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
1927 Arthur Endecott has returned to the Fitzhugh Manor in time for Lady Doris 80th birthday party. But by the next morning Lady Doris is discovered dead. What could be the possible motive for the guilty party. What connection is there to the events of 1903 and Argyle Castle, and of the events in Kamalpore in 1857.
Inspector Lester Enderby calls in the Metropolitan Police who send Detective Dermot Lucian Carlyle who is visiting his familt in the area.
Enjoyable fast paced historical murder mystery
Mark Schultz
May 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This story is such a delight! A classical, English, murder-mystery in the tradition of one of the finest authors in the genre. Any person who delights reading this type of material will not be disappointed in the least.
There is no question, the author has proven he is an accomplished writer. His handling of the major aspects such as plotting, action and dialogue are masterful. His scene-setting and narration is elegant. There is nothing to complain about. Not even a single spelling error popped
Helen Firor
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Interesting mysyery

I enjoyed this mystery, written like the vintage English detectives story. I got lost in the family tree at the beginning but it was all detailed by the end. Look forward to another one.
Trevor D'Silva
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
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Maria Logan-Montgomery
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it

I was invited by the author, Trevor D’Silva, to read his second novel, A Bloody Hot Summer, in exchange for an honest review. The book is set in early 20th century England, and covers the time from the Boer Wars to The Great War, and examines much of the greed and abuses of that time in both India and South Africa under British rule. It is written, of course, in British English. This is a saga of an aristocratic English family whose greed still exists, but
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Trevor D’Silva has a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering; M.S. degrees in Engineering Management, and Environmental Engineering; and an Associate degree in Accounting. He has lectured in mechanical engineering and environmental science subjects at various colleges. Fateful Decisions is his first novel, encompassing history and fiction from WW I to the end of WW II. He uses his free time to expan ...more

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