The Amateur Executioner: Enoch Hale Meets Sherlock Holmes

The Amateur Executioner: Enoch Hale Meets Sherlock Holmes

by Dan Andriacco, Kieran McMullen


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London, 1920: Boston-bred Enoch Hale, working as a reporter for the Central News Syndicate, arrives on the scene shortly after a music hall escape artist is found hanging from the ceiling in his dressing room. What at first appears to be a suicide turns out to be murder . . . the first of several using the same modus operandi.

What's the connecting factor among all the victims? Or isn't there one? That's what the dogged journalist Hale aims to find out. Covering the Hangman Murders brings him into contact with a diverse cast of witnesses and interview subjects that include Winston Churchill, William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Alfred Hitchcock, and Ezra Pound.

Hale, whose best friend in London is the chain-smoking poet and banker T.S. (Tom) Eliot even makes a pilgrimage to the Sussex Downs to get an opinion on the case from the great detective Sherlock Holmes. The trip is in vain, but he eventually does meet Holmes in a most surprising encounter.

Through it all there is another mystery, which perhaps goes to the mystery of the human heart. What is the lovely music hall singer Sadie Briggs concealing from Hale - just her past or also her present?

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ISBN-13: 9781780924014
Publisher: MX Publishing
Publication date: 04/08/2013
Pages: 180
Sales rank: 791,389
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.38(d)

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The Amateur Executioner: Enoch Hale Meets Sherlock Holmes 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
DarkRavenDH More than 1 year ago
The Amateur Executioner by Dan Andriacco and Kieran McCullen 1920, London. Enoch Hale of Boston, Massachusetts is currently a reporter for Central News Syndicate. He is lead to the case of a man who was hanged by someone who wanted it to look like suicide. William Powers was known as the British Houdini. He was an escape artist of great skill. What some people did not know was that he was also a skilled housebreaker. Chief Inspector Henry Wiggins of Baker Street Irregulars fame finds that this is but the first in a series of deaths by hanging. Other deaths follow quickly. Madame Sosostris, aka Mary Fogarty, was a fortune teller—also a blackmailer. It seems someone is hanging these people whom the police cannot touch for some reason. The murderer gains the title of The Amateur Executioner. Meanwhile there is also the mystery of Hale’s ladyfriend who calls herself Sadie Briggs, a singer in a nightclub. She is slightly mysterious about herself, though she seems to really care for Enoch Hale. Holmes has by now retired to Sussex to keep bees. Enoch Hale finds himself kidnapped and taken to the Diogenes Club where Mycroft Holmes under the pseudonym of “M” warns Enoch that some of his investigations might be frowned upon by the Home Office. Under suspicion is a man named Bond who works for His Majesty’s Secret Service. Suspicion is one thing; proof is another. This is a delightful historical novel. Various historical characters waltz in and out of the story: The Devine Sarah Bernhardt Winston Churchill Lord Arthur Balfour William Butler Yeats Ezra Pound TS Eliot Some fictional characters appear as well. Enoch Hale works with Edward Norton, the reporter from The Lost World. Professor Challenger is mentioned. Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson play their part. And it all comes together like the various parts of a orchestra to make a lovely written opera-like novel! Bravo! Five Stars Plus… Quoth the Raven...