- File Size: 2037 KB
- Print Length: 276 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Sapere Books (August 19, 2019)
- Publication Date: August 19, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07SW81HKR
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,283 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Your Memberships & Subscriptions
A Shadowed Livery: A chilling mystery inspired by true events (Inspector James Given Investigations Book 1) Kindle Edition
Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.
Customers who bought this item also bought
About the Author
Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later.
I look forward to the second in the series.
This is NOT a cliff hanger, I am glad to say. Even though some threads are still loose, they are in every book, and the case at hand is completely solved, as is a sideline.
If I had not found out so soon who did it, I would have given 5 stars. Grammatically correct, no foul language, no graphic descriptions of the dead people. Good read.
This historical mystery takes place in England in 1938 with the world on edge over events beginning to take place in Germany. James is a much more complex character than it first appears, and I enjoyed getting to know him better as the story progresses. I like how he and the local constable John Sawyer work together, even when they don’t always agree on the direction the investigation should take. There is a sense of foreboding at Grovestock and in general because of events occurring throughout Europe. From the clues provided, I was able to guess the motive of the deaths, but the book still held my interest from the beginning through to the very end. Although the case at Grovestock House is resolved, other things are still pending when the book ends, and I look forward to future books to see what happens next. “A Shadowed Livery” is a well-written, well-researched novel that is a great start to a new series.
I received this book through the courtesy of Sapere Books. The book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.
Top international reviews
The Inspector gradually untangles the whole scenario. He fights his own inner demons and frustrations, and some dangerous external foes. The weeks between the Munich Conference and the road to Christallnacht provide the backdrop. The fears of the Jewish community in both England and Germany, Italian gangsters, also emerge. The ghosts from World War 1 are still present. Engaging storyline, also liked how 1938 was evoked in a such a convincing manner. Have no intention of delivering any spoilers so will end the review....but I enjoyed it a great deal. Combined the key 'country house' murder theme with some other unfamiliar and interesting sub plots. Want to read more of this writer's work.
What I particularly like about this novel is that it doesn't shy away from the real life issues that were prevalent at the time, such as the anti-Semitism of Moseley's Blackshirts. Detective Inspector James Given and his sidekick Sawyer have something of a 'Morse and Lewis' feel to them. An unresolved sub-plot gives me the feeling that this novel may be the first of a series: I certainly hope so, and look forward to reading more of Inspector Given's investigations.
I enjoyed the local settings in Birmingham & Warwickshire. The investigation uncovers an extremely multilayered tale, and brings many issues to light. As an individual, the protagonist, Inspector James Given, has lived a rich and varied life up to the present. With this history, one can see that there may be a sequel, as there were almost too many issues to deal with in a short book.