Joan Lock

Dead Letters

The third Inspector Best mystery

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Paperback & eBook
The Mystery Press , 2014
Severn House, 2003
Large Print, Severn House, 2004
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It is a beautiful warm August day in 1880: perfect weather for the annual Metropolitan and City Police fete held at Alexandra Palace. Inspector Best is summoned to uncover the identity of ‘Quicksilver’, who has sent an anonymous note threatening to cause a horrific explosion at the event. When a second note is received and its threats become increasingly confusing with their literary allusions, Best seeks out the help of Helen Franks, a close friend from the past. However, is Quicksilver really intent on causing mass injury on this fine day, or is his desire of a more personal nature?


'Multi-layered, ingeniously plotted, atmospheric and suspenseful with an appealing hero and attention-getting doses of both humour and tragedy. Lock’s latest Inspector Best novel makes outstanding reading for historical mystery buffs.’

Starred review, Booklist (American Library Association)

‘The biggest riddle here isn’t the identity of Quicksilver but of Best’s true love, a question that appropriately provides Lock with a climax more powerful than anything that’s come before . . . most likely to appeal to readers who’d like to see Victoriana get blown up’ Kirkus Reviews

Alexandra Palace: 1880; the police fete. “Quicksilver” sends anonymous notes threatening a horrific explosion inside the palace, and Inspector Best  tries to discover his identity before he strikes again. Terry Wale reads in sparkling style.’

The Scotsman (Audio Version Review)