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Edinburgh Twilight is thrilling character driven historical mystery

Edinburgh Twilight

Ian Hamilton Book 1

By Carole Lawrence

Thomas & Mercer

General Fiction (Adult), Mysteries & Thrillers

Pub Date 05 Sep 2017


Edinburgh Twilight is an unusual novel set in 19th century Scotland. Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is young and determined, ambitious in the sense that he wants to pursue justice. Carole Lawrence makes him human, bringing him to life with a believable history, scars and all. The supporting cast is equally colorful. You like them and feel for them. Lawrence makes you care about her characters. That is what I liked most about Edinburgh Twilight. Lawrence’s killer is elusive, creating a very natural fear that he will escape. The one aspect that may trouble some readers is the amount of homosexuality. There is nothing lurid, and it plays an important part of the plot. If this offends you, look to another book.

Edinburgh Twilight is a well done historical mystery and is a promising debut to Carole Lawrence’s new series.

4 / 5

I received a copy of Edinburgh Twilight from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.



As a new century approaches, Edinburgh is a city divided. The wealthy residents of New Town live in comfort, while Old Town’s cobblestone streets are clotted with criminals, prostitution, and poverty.

Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is no stranger to Edinburgh’s darkest crimes. Scarred by the mysterious fire that killed his parents, he faces his toughest case yet when a young man is found strangled in Holyrood Park.

With little evidence aside from a strange playing card found on the body, Hamilton engages the help of his aunt, a gifted photographer, and George Pearson, a librarian with a shared interest in the criminal mind. But the body count is rising. As newspapers spin tales of the “Holyrood Strangler,” panic sets in across the city. And with each victim, the murderer is getting closer to Hamilton, the one man who dares to stop him.

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