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The Scrivener

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scrivener300In Robin Blake’s third Cragg and Fidelis novel, the pair are investigating a locked-room mystery. Yes, it’s the middle of the 18th century and pawnbroker Philip Plimbo has been shot dead, apparently inside his locked office. Cragg thinks he took his own life, but Fidelis disagrees. As they investigate, they discover Plimbo’s bad debts, and that he had a shady business parter. When they try to find Zadok Moon, a scrivener (clerk) is found with a stake through his chest. Read it for Blake’s ability to draw you into the time period as well as the story. It’s well researched and plotted in a way that holds your attention until the last page. Read our full review here.

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