A Shadowed Livery

A Shadowed Livery In the dying days of September the murderer of a Jewish shopkeeper is hanged in Birmingham After witnessing the execution Inspector James Given who brought the killer to justice is surprised t

  • Title: A Shadowed Livery
  • Author: Charlie Garratt
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  • Page: 232
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  • In the dying days of September 1938 the murderer of a Jewish shopkeeper is hanged in Birmingham After witnessing the execution, Inspector James Given, who brought the killer to justice, is surprised to find he has been taken off the investigation into attacks on Jews to pursue a very different case Two people have been found dead in the grounds of a Warwickshire house iIn the dying days of September 1938 the murderer of a Jewish shopkeeper is hanged in Birmingham After witnessing the execution, Inspector James Given, who brought the killer to justice, is surprised to find he has been taken off the investigation into attacks on Jews to pursue a very different case Two people have been found dead in the grounds of a Warwickshire house it seems clear that Lady Isabel Barleigh has shot her disabled son on the eve of his wedding then turned the weapon on herself An hour later his fianc e, distraught with grief, committed suicide The case has been all but closed Given doesn t believe this version of events and, with the local policeman, Constable Sawyer, begins to dig further into the past of the Barleigh family Meanwhile, Given s own past his very nature, hidden from all begins to catch up with him A complex mystery about identity, deceit, and past crimes Inspired by a true story.

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    About “Charlie Garratt”

    1. Charlie Garratt

      I was born in Manchester and always wanted to be an engineer well at least from the time I could spell engineer.My quest took me to Coventry when I was eighteen, where I met my wife and we had our first daughter A few short years and another lovely daughter later, I was bored with engineering so I changed career This gave me the opportunity to develop my writing skills committee papers, funding applications, consultancy reports, then a series of books and guides on community participation and community development.My next springboard was a move to County Donegal, Ireland, in 2006 where I started to write fiction for fun, as part of a writers group, the best possible discipline for producing material on a regular basis Lots and lots of short stories emerged then I embarked into the scary waters of a novel.This first novel, A Shadowed Livery, a murder mystery set in Warwickshire, was published in April 2015 by Grey Cells Press the crime imprint of Holland House.

    392 thoughts on “A Shadowed Livery”

    1. This is an excellent 'whodunit' with a setting that would be familiar to all lovers of 'Golden Age' crime fiction: a country house murder mystery on the eve of World War II. Author Charlie Garrett expertly integrates all the usual elements from the genre – family secrets, class snobbery, intrigue both below and above stairs – into an original and satisfying read. What I particularly like about this novel is that it doesn't shy away from the real life issues that were prevalent at the time, s [...]


    2. Really enjoyed this novel. Loads of twists and turns and an exciting page turner. I found the short chapters added to a sense of suspense with plot and characters gently moving towards a process of revelation. The releasing of information throughout the novel generates mystery and this is paralleled by the first person narration (James Given) internal struggle to keep aspects of his own identity hidden. I liked the complexity of characters and how each had their own 'shadiness'. The solving of t [...]


    3. 5 starsIn late September 1938, Peter Bishop was hanged for his crimes with six people in attendance. One was Inspector James Given who arrested him for kicking a shopkeeper to death in the street. Given has been investigating the spate of beatings again Jewish people.Superintendent Henry Dyer takes Inspector Given off the case and hands him a different sort of puzzle. Grovestock House is the home of a very influential and wealthy family named Barleigh. There has been a murder and two suicides. T [...]


    4. Antisemitism in the 1930's was not confined to Germany. England had its share of fascists (Oswald Mosley and his British Union of Fascists) and other far right prejudices. The increasing number of refugees from Germany only exacerbated the feelings of resentment from certain elements of the population.The book begins with Inspector James Givens witnessing the execution of a man who murdered a Jewish shopkeeper. Although Givens had been investigating the increasing number of attacks on Jews, his [...]


    5. This book has everything I love about golden age mysteries, country house setting, cast of varied characters all hiding something, murder and deceit, crime and a satisfying payoff. There are several interwoven subplots and the characters (and their imperfections and foibles) are three dimensional and believable in the context of the book.I like that the author didn't shy away from the antisemitism of England in 1938. The history and background were well researched and I didn't find any egregious [...]


    6. 1938 and Inspector James Given is instructed to look again at a murder and two suicides at Grovestock House in a nearby village.An interesting little mystery based on true events.A NetGalley Book



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