For anyone who loves the authors (and their characters) of the time, The Golden Age of Murder is a rewarding experience.
When NetGalley offered Mortmain Hall by Edwards, I requested and received it, but decided to read Gallows Court first.
A revenge novel with an interesting premise, Gallows Court introduces Rachel Savernake, the Truemans, and Jacob Flint. Rachel is the daughter of the notorious Judge Savernake and grew up isolated on Gaunt Island with the Truemans (Hetty, Clffi, and Martha) as servants and friends. She has a mind for murder, but her intentions are ambiguous and Rachel is a cold and enigmatic character.
Jacob Flint, a crime reporter, is drawn into the mystery as he looks for a scoop.
More complicated than complex, there are plenty of twists and turns.
There were parts I enjoyed and parts that seemed far more confusing than necessary.
Mystery/Crime. 2018. Print length: 368 pages.
Mortmain Hall also has multiple threads and multiple characters. The threads are tied together at the end, but the narrative is disjointed, skipping around from one seemingly unconnected crime to another.
The characters have little depth, which is not atypical in Golden Age Detective novels, but usually there is something likable about the main characters and a hint of more in their personalities. Rachel remains distant, aloof, detached from the other characters (with the exception of the Truemans) and undisturbed by the many deaths.
The events are often disconnected, and only at the end are the links all untangled. There are hints, some obvious, others subtle, but still a stretch of the imagination.
Despite Martin Edward's love of the time period and the novels of the Golden Age, neither book was as entertaining as I had hoped.
NetGalley/Poisoned Pen Press
Detective/Crime. April 2, 2020.