This week’s featured title is a wonderful historical crime novel from Allison & Busby. Keep reading to see what readers have to say about Striking Murder by A.J. Wright.
Ruth Downie | Historical Novels Review
“A.J. Wright’s characters range from the top to the bottom of the social scale and the book vividly depicts the tensions and ramifications of the miners’ strike.”
John Cleal | Crime Review
“This is an absolute gem of a historical crime novel – cleverly and intricately plotted, very well-written and convincingly evoking all the social problems of a late-Victorian industrial town and the devastating effects on it of the country’s first national strike.”
Book Reviews September 2016
Steve Earles | Destructive Music
“While the story is of course well written and well plotted, one the best things about this book is how well the author has recreated Victorian Wigan in its pages, so vividly does he do so that it becomes as important as any of the characters in his tale. This book is outstanding and I hope we’ll see future novels in The Lancashire Detective Series.”
About the Book
1893. Wigan is in the grip of a devastating national miners’ strike and a harsh winter. Arthur Morris, a wealthy colliery owner whose intransigence on miners’ pay is the main cause of the strike, is found brutally murdered in Scholes, a rough working-class district where he is universally hated and blamed for the grinding hardship the strike is causing. Detective Sergeant Slevin is tasked with finding the murderer and when a mysterious stranger is found bludgeoned to death, Slevin starts to unravel a twisted thread of interwoven clues that will lead to the murderer.