Death Takes A Lover

Death Takes A Lover

by Olivier Bosman


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The year is 1888. Detective Sergeant John Billings has been sent to a remote house in the Yorkshire Moors to investigate the suspicious death of Roger Thornton, a young man who seemed to have everything to live for. He gets a frosty reception from the lady of the house and her rag-tag collection of domestic staff who try to put him off the scent, but as Billings delves deeper into their lives, he uncovers hidden passions, bitter rivalries and a truth so dark and sinister, it will shock you to the core. Fusing Gothic romanticism and fin-de-siecle melodrama, 'Death Takes A Lover' is a chilling entry into a world which some may not want to enter, but if you do, don't say you haven't been warned...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781502551863
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/09/2015
Series: DS BIllings Victorian Mysteries
Pages: 118
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.28(d)

About the Author

Born to Dutch parents and raised in Colombia and England, Olivier Bosman is a rootless wanderer with itchy feet. He has spent the last few years living and working in The Netherlands, Czech Republic, Sudan and Bulgaria, but he has now finally settled down among the olive groves of Andalucia.

Olivier is an avid reader and film fan. He has an MA in creative writing for film and television. His latest books are 'The Ornamental Hermit '- a 19th century mystery (the second in a series of Victorian detective novels featuring DS John Billings) and 'Berta', the first book in the Muchacha Series - a series of humorous novellas which depict the life of Hans and Annie, a young Dutch couple who emigrate to Colombia in the 1970's, and struggle to find themselves a good and reliable maid.

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Death Takes a Lover 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
MaraJ73 More than 1 year ago
This is a great introduction to the DS Billings Mystery series although it is a little short for my liking. It's pretty obvious that Billings is a gay man who is not ready to admit that part of himself, whether it is his Quaker upbringing or the era that he lives in, who is to say. I did appreciate the fact that it is not an overused plotline but looked upon in the the detective's inner monologues.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Ioana Marza for Readers' Favorite Death Takes a Lover by Olivier Bosman is a Victorian mystery set against the grim backdrop of the North Yorkshire moors. It follows the investigations of Scotland Yard’s Detective Sergeant Billings into the untimely and unexplained death of Roger Thornton. Mrs Thornton, the victim’s mother, and her household staff are less than happy to accommodate the enquiries of yet another detective, having already dealt with the Yorkshire Constabulary. They are all very keen to see the back of DS Billings, but his determination not to be deterred and to hear everybody’s account of the events preceding the death is a successful tactic, as the horrible truth is slowly unveiled. The addiction to morphine, the disregard for tidiness, the lack of interest in women and the Victorian setting are similarities which could suggest that DS Billings is a slightly sloppier version of Sherlock Holmes, but Olivier Bosman goes even further by making DS Billings gay. The other characters from Death Takes a Lover are all very believable and skilfully portrayed to stand out on their own: Mrs Thornton as a cold and selfish woman, selfish even when the life of her only adored son is at stake; Martha - the cook - is very abrupt and impatient, even mean; Bella Whitfield (Mrs Thornton’s protégée) - apparently aloof and yet not unobservant nor disinterested; Gracie, the imbecile maid, beyond any help; and the butler - always so accommodating. They are all united by the passions that Roger Thornton raised in them, some darker than others. But if the story and cast might seem just the ordinary Victorian detective story, the ending will shake readers to the core. Imagine the most gruesome harrowing scenes and you cannot be too far off the final chapter (which might not be suitable to all readers). Welcome to lugubrious Victorian Yorkshire in Olivier Bosman style!