The Unbelievers

The Unbelievers

Book - 2010
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A brooding, Victorian murder mystery set in the Scottish Highlands and featuring Inspector Allerdyce and Sergeant McGillivray Scotland's richest man has been shot dead and dumped down a well. Was the Duke of Dornoch murdered by one of the miners whose wages he cut because of "market forces"? Was he killed in return for his part in clearing the Highlands of their people? Did a discarded lover take their final revenge? Inspector Allerdyce and Sergeant McGillivray VC must find out before the killer strikes again. But their search, from the material heights of Victorian society to its moral dregs, threatens to overturn everything Allerdyce believes and loves. In the tradition of Charles Finch and The Somnambulist, Alastair Sim has crafted a memorable, atmospheric novel that covers new ground in the world of Victorian mysteries.
Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2010.
Edition: 1st U.S. ed.
ISBN: 9780312621698
Characteristics: 336 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 26, 2015

This was just an average Victorian mystery for me. Not terribly bad, but not as memorable as I would have thought it might be. I also find the title truly mysterious in relation to the story it's connected to--not sure what is meant by the unbelievers (well unless it's folks struggling to believe in a God--seems there are several in this book, but that doesn't really have much to do with what happens). "The Unbelievers" feels like it's the start of a series, but I don't know that I was drawn in enough to want to further explore the adventures of Inspector Allerdyce.


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