"Engaging nineteenth century English village mystery"
In 1833 Bellminster, England, Vicar Tuckworth finds the
beheaded corpse of the local sexton Will. Lord Granby
sends to Bow St. to assign a cop to investigate the
repugnant murder. Detective Inspector Myles arrives and
almost immediately interrogates Tuckworth leaving the soon
to retire vicar with the impression that he is a suspect.
Not long after Granby offers Tuckworth the job of caretaker
to the renovated Bellminster Cathedral, a second homicide
occurs. However, the medical evidence leads to the
conclusion that this killing occurred before the Will
murder, confusing the previous data collected while
struggling with uncovering the identity of the wrongdoer.
Tuckworth accompanies Myles as they investigate two murders
in a town not used to any violent crime.
THE DEVIL IN BELLMINSTER is an engaging nineteenth century
English village mystery that provides the audience with an
insightful look at the times outside of London. The story
line is cleverly developed so that the reader feels fully
engaged, especially with Tuckworth, a likable lead
protagonist. Fans will understand his doubts enhanced by
his wife's death a few years earlier, his pending
retirement, and what is best for his beloved adult
daughter. David Holland furnishes an interesting
historical so cozy that those readers who enjoy a well-
written Regency - Victorian bridge era tale will want to
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted February 7, 2002