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But our twin brother detectives, Peter and Paul Skillen (saintly they’re not) are determined. A local newspaper (we’d call them “tabloids” today) with nary a thought about ethics, it seems, plays big here. The editor, who captains the paper with fierce details of political and sexual scandals (and damn the collateral damage) is killed and his newspaper’s printing press destroyed.
Though they are not Bow Street Runners but actually competitors as private detectives, Peter and Paul (our Invisible Detectives) are hired to find—and to bring to justice—the person or persons responsible. The owner wants the paper back in publication (scandals sell papers!).
And, indeed, our brothers tackle the job with their usual fervor, facing grave danger as they are hard pressed to find the killer and, lo and behold, they also find a world of scandal and corruption going on (we could have told them so, for things aren’t much different a century or so later!).
Still, though, Marston’s series is worth the effort—and this reader particularly found this installment interesting, especially owing to its journalistic angles
Edward Marston Steps to the Gallows
An excellent tight mystery awaits the reader of Edward Marston, writer of numerous mystery and suspense novels. Each character is nicely defined and given a place of prominence to set the mystery along.
Twin detectives, Peter and Paul Skillen, one married, one not, track the killer of a noted pressman devoted to skewering the politicos of the day. Each politico is depicted as his vice demands.
However, the devil in politics wants the paper stopped, even if it means death! to all involved including the sweet, older, tough-as-nails proprietor who sells the popular papers. (After all, English Tradition has always demanded scrutiny of its officials.)
Another pair, the official private detectives, The Bow Street Runners, is also on the hunt. They do like their ale more than their work. The competition between the private eyes and the official eyes find evidence about the same time as each other. However, the diligence of Twins brings the matters to light.