Friday 14 August 2020

The Crown Agent by Stephen O'Rourke

The Crown AgentThe Crown Agent by Stephen O'Rourke
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Time taken to read - in and out over 5 days

Pages - 228

Publisher - Sandstone Press

Source - Review copy

Blurb from Goodreads

Shortlisted for the Bloody Scotland Scottish Crime Debut of the Year​

A ship adrift, all hands dead. A lighthouse keeper murdered in the night. The Crown needs man to find the truth. Doctor Mungo Lyon, his reputation tarnished by the Burke & Hare scandal, and forbidden to practise as a surgeon, is the wrong man.

That’s exactly why the Crown chose him.

My Review

We open with a murder, someone has vanished, a ship full with its crew dead and they need to know the truth. So enter Doctor Mungo Lyon, after the whole Burke and Hare scandal said surgeon may well take up the chance to do some good, not as if he can practice. As Lyon investigates he falls into the line of danger more than once and some people will do anything to protect their secrets.

So Lyons is a disgraced surgeon but the big guys are giving him a chance to do something worthwhile and off he goes on an extraordinary adventure. A historical fiction with a surprise side kick for Lyon's and a look into the past, attitudes, brutal surgery, life, times and attitudes in that time period 1800s.

Whilst there is a murder investigation, Lyon is being hunted along the way so it is action packed as we go, it was nice going to a different time period and encountering a famous person from the past. Book one in a series, hoping there is more, 3.5/5 for me this time.

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