By David Ashton
The 3rd in David Ashton's sequence of McLevy thrillers, A Trick of the sunshine sees McLevy staff up with Arthur Conan Doyle to pursue a ruthless killer. it's 1860 and a accomplice officer, Jonathen Sinclair, arrives in Edinburgh with a sheaf of cash to buy a blockade-runner from Clydeside shipbuilders. he's betrayed to the Union forces and is shot lifeless via their mystery brokers. who're they and the place is Sinclair's cash? in the meantime, a stunning younger American spiritualist, Sophia Adler, is the toast of upper-class Edinburgh along with her dramatic seances. despite the fact that, she may well but end up to be the deadliest lady McLevy and Conan Doyle will ever come across.
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Then it was as if someone had drawn a curtain and the scene was blacked out. And he was in the narrow tunnel, following the Red Figure – was it fatal? Had Edgar Allan Poe, a man McLevy found close to his own dark imagination, not penned The Masque of the Red Death? The effigy did not look back and the passage became even more confined, with a glutinous creamy scum hanging from the curved walls. This doesnae look good. He remembered thinking that at the time and then the figure vanished from sight and he was left to stumble alone into the uncharted murky orifice insinuating onwards.
While Edinburgh matrons discussed the relative merits of French cakes, mesmeric influence and petticoat tails, the Countess poured out more tea with a steady hand. ‘Darjeeling. ’ she remarked, in an accent that more than hinted at some passing acquaintance with the Balkans. ‘I’m more of a coffee hand,’ said Jean. ’ ‘I like to keep busy. ’ The Countess sighed as if this statement carried hidden undertones, which indeed it did. ’ The other took a sip of her coffee and made a face. ‘Bitter,’ she said.
This doesnae look good. He remembered thinking that at the time and then the figure vanished from sight and he was left to stumble alone into the uncharted murky orifice insinuating onwards. McLevy found himself upon his hands and knees, crawling like a Jerusalem traveller, the roof pressing down, the surface below a dismal brown claylike substance that clogged and sucked as he squelched forward. The creamy scum wasn’t much help either and some instinct told him that if any of that landed upon bare skin, it would scald a hole like hot fat through a stretched membrane.