Mask of the Verdoy: A George Harley Mystery (Book #1)

It feels as though the reader is actually walking the cobbled streets and rubbing shoulders with the Londoners of the period The plot moves with unremitting pace and it is a great tribute to Mr Lecomber that he manages to keep up both the tempo and the suspense until the very last page 5 STARS Highly recommended BEST SELLING CRIME THRILLERS The smoky and smoggy It feels as though the reader is actually walking the cobbled streets and rubbing shoulders with the Londoners of the period The plot moves with unremitting pace and it is a great tribute to Mr Lecomber that he manages to keep up both the tempo and the suspense until the very last page 5 STARS Highly recommended BEST SELLING CRIME THRILLERS The smoky and smoggy atmosphere of 1930s London is captured beautifully The dramatic finale is magnificently melodramatic, and ends the book an excellent debut in fine style Crime Fiction Lover MASK OF THE VERDOY is an enthralling tale of murder and manipulation that ll place you in 1930 s London CRIME THRILLER HOUND In part an homage to Grahame Greene s Brighton Rock, and to the writings of Gerald Kersh, James Curtis, Patrick Hamilton, Norman Collins and the other chroniclers of London lowlife in the 1930s, Mask of the Verdoy also tips its hat to the heyday of the British crime thriller but unlike the quaint sleepy villages and sprawling country estates of Miss Marple and Hercules Poirot, George Harley operates in the spielers, clip joints and all night caf s that pimple the seedy underbelly of a city struggling under the austerity of the Great Slump.With Mussolini s dictatorship already into its seventh year in Italy, and with a certain Herr Hitler standing for presidential elections in Germany, 1932 sees the rise in the UK of the British Brotherhood of Fascists, led by the charismatic Sir Pelham Saint Clair This Blackshirt baronet is everything that Harley despises and the chippy cockney soon has the suave aristocrat on his blacklist But not at the very top Pride of place is already taken by his arch enemy, Osbert Morkens the serial killer responsible for the murder and decapitation of Harley s fianc e, Cynthia And, of course they never did find her head.Mask of the Verdoy is the first in the period crime thriller series, the George Harley Mysteries.To discover about George Harley visit georgeharley
Mask of the Verdoy A George Harley Mystery Book It feels as though the reader is actually walking the cobbled streets and rubbing shoulders with the Londoners of the period The plot moves with unremitting pace and it is a great tribute to Mr Lecomb

  • Title: Mask of the Verdoy: A George Harley Mystery (Book #1)
  • Author: Phil Lecomber
  • ISBN: 9780993047206
  • Page: 242
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Mask of the Verdoy: A George Harley Mystery (Book #1)”

    1. What a great first novel this is. The setting is unique in detective fiction - Britain in the early 1930s, before the threat of Fascism has reached its crescendo. Set almost exclusively in London, Lecomber paints a broad canvas around the social, political and cultural upheavals of the time. The characters are brilliantly rich and varied; from rent boys to gangsters, law enforcers to politicians, honest working people to corrupt aristocrats, you can feel the period come alive in vivid detail.At [...]

    2. Historical fiction is kind of notorious for being boring, but I was pleasantly surprised with how interesting this book was throughout - even though it's definitely a longer book. As someone who generally enjoys a slightly darker story, I thought this did a really good job of combining the aspects of the London underworld with a dry humor. I enjoyed how overall witty and intelligent Harley was through the entire book, and I liked the relationship between him and his by-the-book partner. I'm alwa [...]

    3. Private Investigator George Harley, rescues a rent boy from a beating only later to find him murdered in Harley's spare room. The DI on the case is only too happy to call it a suicide but Harley knows this isn't the case. With his encyclopedic knowledge and his useful connections Harley is able to see that this killing is linked to others and is part of a much bigger conspiracy.An absolutely mesmerising read set in 1930s London, post WWI, the language, setting and characters really bringing the [...]

    4. The author amazed me with the amount of research employed. The characterization, plot and setting were spot on. The entire concept was brilliant! I rate this book a four-star read.

    5. The original review, and many other reviews and features, can be found at thebookeatersLondon in the grip of the dark valley of the 1930s is the setting for Phil Lecomber’s debut novel, Mask of the Verdoy. Deep in the murk and smog of the seedier side of London, George Harley, WWI veteran and private detective, encounters a young rent boy on the wrong end of a vicious beating. He rescues him, shelters him and ultimately vows to find his killer when the boy is murdered in George’s home. His i [...]

    6. I am not a great fan of crime thrillers or historical fiction but this novel, which combines the two, was a riveting and hugely enjoyable read. Recommended by a friend, I was convinced I’d dislike it, but quickly found myself utterly absorbed by the story, characters and 1930’s London landscape.Lecomber eloquently evokes a 30’s London bursting with life; you can almost smell the stench of the backstreets as he quickly sweeps you into London’s dark and sinister underbelly where you meet a [...]

    7. The Mask of Verdoy is first and foremost a page-turner. It sits comfortably in the thriller/mystery/detective genre - something to take on holiday or read in bed to displace the stresses of the day - but it adds a nice twist of historical authenticity.The novel is set in London in the nineteen thirties, a time of desperate poverty and ostentatious affluence. Pea-soupers, working class camaraderie, and the casual violence of London's underworld all make an appearance as the effects of the Great W [...]

    8. George Harley, like all good fictional detectives, is a flawed character. As a WWI veteran he is still haunted by his experiences as well as the brutal but mysterious death of his fiancé. The large chip on his shoulder against the aristocracy and moneyed classes often colours his vision, but he’s unable to see that he no longer fits happily in his east end world having inherited his well-travelled uncle’s house, money and an extensive library, often accused of being too well read and having [...]

    9. I loved this mystery that takes you back to the time of the early 30's in Britain. It has that old-fashioned intrigue, who-dunnit feel to it. There are a lot of characters in this story but they are all well developed, even the secondary characters. The setting was so real I felt like I was there in George's old house, on the streets with the street lamps, the old theater The language fascinated me - they truly had a way with words, there is so much color to their language. Very well done. This [...]

    10. Mask of Verdoy by Phil Lecomber was a great mystery read for those wanting some historical fiction in their lives.I was not the biggest fan of this book, but I will admit it was written exceptionally well. Personally, I found this book to be very slow. The plot was written incredibly, but it moved to slow for me. I enjoy a fast paced novel that keeps me hooked at every word, and this book did not. I was forcing myself through each chapter, and I wasn't that entertained due to the pace.But, that [...]

    11. At The Library, we love historical fiction and we love a good mystery, and in The Mask of the Verdoy we have them both. What an excellent start of a series.The characters are all three-dimensional-- there are no stock characters that are there just to serve one purpose. They are real-- with a mixture of good points and bad traits. There's a large cast to be sure-- but the main character is George Harley, private detective who has an interesting backstory that the author skillfully reveals as the [...]

    12. Hahaha, this was highly entertaining. I enjoyed it, and I enjoyed George Harley. A solid four stars. Can't wait for the next book!

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