Joseph Staines, an unemployed chef, has left Edinburgh with the tallybook of the late debt collector, Isa Stoddart. Her son Lachie thinks Stainsie killed her, but Lachie has apparently committed suicide. To his surprise, Stainsie is the sole beneficiary of Lachie's will and has inherited a dilapidated mansion. Isa's debtors and the local priest who paid Stainsie to leave town want him gone. A certain young mum, Marianne (whose uncle, Wheezy, is Stainsie's drinking buddy) does too, and his old school-friend, Detective Sergeant Jamieson, wants to interrogate him about the deaths. Why are the lawyers lying to him, and who's the bruiser asking about him down the pub?
Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 251 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 20 mm
'Written with brio, A Fine House in Trinity is fast, edgy and funny, a sure-fire hit with the tartan noir set. A standout debut, if there is justice in the world this book will find its audience.'-Michael J. Malone; 'This is a romp of a novel which is both entertaining and amusing. The violent/funny combination brings to mind Keith Nixon's Konstanin series and is reminiscent of Alison Taft and Dougie Brimson. It's certainly the funniest crime novel I've read since Fidelis Morgan's The Murder Quadrille and a first class debut.'-Crime Fiction Lover; 'Joseph Staines is one of the most realistic lead characters I have encountered for ages. He is flawed, cowardly in the face of danger and generally not as well liked as he may like to believe. He is also strangely endearing, frequently amusing and has a really well developed back story which makes A Fine House in Trinity a really fun read.'-Grab This Book; 'This is the author's debut novel and it is one heck of a book.The ending leaves the way open for a series and I sincerely hope that this will be the case, as I can't wait to see what Joseph Staines gets up to next.'-Best Crime Books and More; 'If you want a twist on the crime novel with a large helping of Scottish humour, this is the book for you. A very entertaining fast-paced debut novel. I'm looking forward to reading more by Lesley Kelly and rather hope that Stainsey might feature again!'-Portobello Book Blog; 'Razor sharp Scottish wit is suffused throughout and this makes A Fine House in Trinity a very sweet shot of noir crime fiction. This cleverly constructed romp around Leith will have readers grinning from ear to ear and some of the turns of phrase deserve a standing ovation in themselves.'-The Reading Corner; 'A welcome addition to the Tartan Noir scene, providing as it does a more light-hearted approach to solving a crime. Lesley Kelly is a fine writer, entertaining us throughout. The near-300 pages are deceptive, as this is a book perfect for romping through in one sitting.'-Crime Worm; 'A compelling mystery brimming over with sharp wit, keen observation and peppered throughout with fascinating titbits of Leith history.'-Lothian Life