Hardcastle's Obsession

The Great War had been in progress for two years, and the nation was still reeling from the losses at the Battle of the Somme.  It is September 1916, and a Zeppelin aiming for Victoria railway station discharges its deadly cargo of bombs on central London.  But instead of hitting the station, the bombs destroy a house in nearby Washbourne Street, killing all the occupants.

In the basement of the house, police make a grisly discovery that presents Divisional Detective Inspector Ernest Hardcastle of the Metropolitan Police with a convoluted murder enquiry.  Then, a second murder, apparently connected with the first, complicates the investigation. 

Aided by Detective Sergeant Charles Marriott, the intrepid Hardcastle questions a titled entrepreneur and his wife, an earl’s daughter and her army officer husband, countless prostitutes, a pair of butlers, and attends a court martial before the killer is eventually brought to trial.

© Graham Ison 2017