By David Ashton
The 3rd in David Ashton's sequence of McLevy thrillers, A Trick of the sunshine sees McLevy crew up with Arthur Conan Doyle to pursue a ruthless killer. it really is 1860 and a accomplice officer, Jonathen Sinclair, arrives in Edinburgh with a sheaf of cash to buy a blockade-runner from Clydeside shipbuilders. he's betrayed to the Union forces and is shot lifeless through their mystery brokers. who're they and the place is Sinclair's cash? in the meantime, a gorgeous younger American spiritualist, Sophia Adler, is the toast of upper-class Edinburgh along with her dramatic seances. notwithstanding, she might but turn out to be the deadliest girl McLevy and Conan Doyle will ever come upon.
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The night was silent. But McLevy fancied he could hear the ticking of a thousand clocks, the sighs of a thousand sleepers; men, women and children all sharing the peaceful slumber denied to him. So be it. The city was like a huge beast, flanks heaving as it slept in the darkness, and McLevy felt his breath shift in rhythm to that deep motion. A movement on the roof to the side and he caught from the corner of his eye a slinking form padding with swift sure steps on the oily slates. Bathsheba. A cat that often visited but not now.
Waiting for him. He almost burst out in a reflex of laughter but that small moment of release was strangled by a sound somewhere in the dark empty space that unrolled in all directions before him; one of which was out past the nudging ships and into the blank pitiless ocean. Footsteps. Certain in pursuit. The fixed betrothed, coming for her ravaged bridegroom. A sudden shriek on high and he clapped his hand over his own mouth to forestall startled response. As if he had divided into two parts; one the grim guardian who had watched his own men, under the merciless hail of Union artillery, splinter into the sky, grey uniforms spouting red.
Sinclair spoke softly and dragged the boy close by to muffle the exchange, only too aware that more dangerous foes might lurk in the shadows. ‘Where I sleep,’ replied the other with muted indignation. ’ This pallid show of gumption brought a brief smile to Sinclair’s lips. He chose his words carefully. The Scots valued consonants more than vowels at times and he had mitigated his accent accordingly. Light and clear. Keep it so. ’ he asked with a bitter smile, reminded of the Union General who was a thorn in the flesh of the South and had driven the Johnny Rebs from Tennessee to open a route through Atlanta into the heart of the Confederacy.