The Detective Branch: A Pyke Novel (Paperback)
  • The Detective Branch: A Pyke Novel (Paperback)

The Detective Branch: A Pyke Novel (Paperback)

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Paperback Published: 17/02/2011
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Pyke joins the newly formed Detective Branch of the Metropolitan police in a tale of corruption and murder set in the dangerous backstreets of 19th-century London...Drury Lane, 1844. A robbery has been committed at a pawnbroker's, leaving three people dead. The man called in to investigate is Pyke, head of the Metropolitan Police's newly formed Detective Branch at Scotland Yard. Pyke must find the culprit and quickly, especially as the identity of one of the victims threatens to expose his own criminal past. A valuable religious artefact appears to have motivated the robbery but when the main suspect commits suicide in police custody, the investigation falters. Then the rector of a wealthy parish is brutally murdered and Pyke spots a connection. His suspicions lead him to a dissolute former Catholic priest, rumours of devil worship, and an old case that no one wants him to investigate. With time running out and the murderer threatening to kill again, Pyke must face up to forces within the police and the church who would prefer the secrets of the past to remain buried for ever ...

Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
ISBN: 9780753827680

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“Mediocre read”

I love hitorical fiction and I love detection fiction so guessed this book would be for me.
Having started reading it I got a bit lost as to all the characters. I didn't feel we were introduced to each person... More

Paperback edition
21st February 2011
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“Not as good as I had expected”

A shooting at a pawn brokers in Victorian London, which leaves three dead, is investigated by the recently formed Detective Branch. Pyke heads up the investigation in spite of others trying to muscle their way in.
The... More

Paperback edition
20th February 2011
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“Great read”

Gripping book. Once I got in to this (as it's not my usual sort of read) I couldn't put it down.
Couldn't wait to get to the next page.
I'm not going to give any thing away.
Read it for your self,...

Paperback edition
7th January 2011
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