Shadow of the Serpent

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LONDON HAD SHERLOCK HOLMES.
THE DARK ALLEYS OF EDINBURGH HAD INSPECTOR McLEVY.
‘DAVID ASHTON IMPECCABLY EVOKES EDINBURGH’ Financial Times
ELEGANT AND CONVINCING’ The Times
‘ASHTON IS THE DIRECT HEIR TO ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON’ Brian Cox
‘EXCELLENT’ The Sherlock Holmes Society
‘A REAL PAGE-TURNER’ Sunday Post
‘DRIPPING WITH MELODRAMA AND DERRING-DO’ Herald

1880, Edinburgh.
Election fever grips the city. But while the rich and educated argue about politics, in the dank wynds of the docks it’s a struggle just to stay alive. When a prostitute is brutally murdered, disturbing memories from thirty years ago are stirred in Inspector McLevy who is soon lured into a murky world of politics, perversion and deception – and the shadow of the serpent.

(P)2016 John Murray Press

Critics Review

  • PRAISE FOR THE INSPECTOR McLEVY SERIES
    Mclevy is a sort of Victorian Morse with a heart, prowling the mean wynds and tenements of the endlessly fascinating city. David Ashton impeccably evokes Edinburgh so vividly that you feel the cold in your bones and the menace of the Old Town’s steep cobbles and dark corners

    Financial Times
  • An intriguing Victorian story… elegant and convincing

    The Times
  • McLevy is one of the greatest psychological creations and Ashton the direct heir to Robert Louis Stevenson

    Brian Cox, star of the BBC Radio 4 McLevy series
  • David Ashton’s writing is excellent, his characters thoroughly convincing and his narrative grabs you

    The Sherlock Holmes Society
  • Ashton’s McLevy is a man obsessed with meting out justice and with demons of his own

    Scotsman
  • A real page-turner

    The Sunday Post

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