Jon Redfern has been a freelance journalist for both the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail, a story editor for the CBC, and a children's playwright. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals including Grainand Descant. His previous Inspector Endersby novel, Trumpets Sound No More, won the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2008.
Trumpets Sound No More
Winner of the 2008 Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel
In 1840, the theatre world in London is shocked by the brutal killing of one of its youngest and most successful entrepreneurs, bludgeoned in his house. The discovery of a contentious theatre contract, a collection of promissory notes and a walking stick, its bloodied ivory head in the shape of a dog, are the only leads. Inspector Owen Endersby, of the recently formed London Detective Police Force, is called upon to apprehend the culprit before Christmas Eve. The inspector has six days to chart the by-ways of the Criminal Mentality. The case soon involves street vendors, downstairs servants, money lenders and the greatest performers of the stage. Who had motive to batter the young man to death? Without the techniques of the modern-day detective, Inspector Endersby must root out the villain any way he can by disguise, break-and-enter, bribery, mail tampering and physical force.
A delightful Victorian romp through the London theatre world.
A theatre mystery of the finest order.
Thorough research and skillful, vivid writing.