The Casebook of Inspector Armstrong II

 

Synopsis

 

The Bells and Plate Fix is set against Cumberland's biggest horse races, The Carlisle Racing Bells and The Cumberland Plate.

When a bookie's clerk is found face down in the River Eden, Inspector Armstrong believes there is more to his death than meets the eye.

In The Kaiser's Assassin, Armstrong's holiday in the Lake District is disrupted when he is invited to meet Kaiser Wilhelm, who is visiting his friend the 5th Earl of Lonsdale at Lowther Castle. The potent mix of character leaves Armstrong feeling uncomfortable and as things threaten to spiral out of control over the following days, he faces a race against time to prevent a murder that will have repercussions across Europe.

Publisher: MX Publishing

Publication Date: 1 November 2017

Format: Paperback / Kindle

Category: Crime

ISBN: 9781787052185

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1ST EDITION (OUT OF PRINT)

Publisher: DB Publishing Ltd

Publication Date: 3 June 2013

Format: Paperback                                                                                                      

Category: Crime                                                                                                                  

ISBN-10 1780913281

 

Review

'Murder plot at Lowther Castle and Penrith'

When police inspector Cornelius Armstrong sets of for some long overdue holiday leave, his break from solving Cumbrian crimes is destined to be short lived.

Armstrong arrives at his holiday cottage in Martindale planning to walk the fells and do some bird spotting. Instead, within hours, he is drawn into an intrigue that has major international implications.

Author Martin Daley who lives in North Cumbria, has set his latest Inspector Armstrong story in familiar territory for Herald readers. It begins in a doctor's surgery in Angel Lane, Penrith, heads out via Armstrong's holiday base to Lowther Castle, where the 5th Earl of Lonsdale is entertaining his friend the Kaiser, and back for its final denouement at a dinner at the George Hotel, Penrith.

Daley, who is a member of the Crime Writers' Association, completed the first volume of stories about the Edwardian detective in 2011 and his latest volume from Inspector Armstrong's Casebook sets the scene with a description of what towns like Penrith would have been like at the time of the Kaiser's visit to Lowther. There's even a mention of the Herald.

Martin Daley, who was born in Carlisle, began writing aftr studying the life and times of his own ancestors. He writes fiction and non-fiction whith the history of his native county as a large part of his inspiration.

In The Kaiser's Assassin Cornelius Armstrong is called in by the Chief Constable to join the guests at Lowther Castle and regale them with tales of his detective work. He is a reluctant visitor to Lowther, although he strikes up a friendship with Penrith GP Alex Strickland, who was badly wounded in the Boer War and has an obvious aversion to Germans.

He spots a mystery figure on the fells, there's a clandestine meeting between one of the Kaiser's party and the two locals, and then a note, made up of words cut from a newspaper, spells out a threat to the visiting dignitary. It becomes evident to Armstrong that there is a plot to kill the Kaiser, and the policeman faces a race against time to prevent a murder that will have repercussions across Europe.

Daley's other story in this latest Inspector Armstrong Casebook is about Cumbria's biggest horse races, the Carlisle Bells and the Cumberland Plate. A bookie's clerk is found dead in the River Eden and Armstrong believes ther is more to his death than meets the eye.

When he is not planning Inspector Armstrong's next case, Daley is a keen football fan and last year wrote a book about Carlisle United's rise to the First Division in the 1970s. He is now planning to research one of the biggest days in the club's history, their FA Cup tie against Arsenal in 1951.

The Casebook of Inspector Armstrong Volume II is published by DB Publishing and costs £12.99.

Cumberland & Westmorland Herald 6 July 2013