Death Has Deep Roots (Paperback)
A Second World War Mystery (British Library Crime Classics)
Poisoned Pen Press, 9781492699538, 288pp.
Publication Date: November 5, 2019
Mystery crime fiction written in the Golden Age of Murder
An eager London crowd awaits the trial of Victoria Lamartine, hotel worker, ex-French Resistance fighter, and the only logical suspect for the murder of her supposed lover, Major Eric Thoseby. Lamartine--who once escaped from the clutches of the Gestapo--is set to meet her end at the gallows.
One final opportunity remains: the defendant calls on solicitor Nap Rumbold to replace the defence counsel, and grants an eight-day reprieve from the proceedings. Without any time to spare, Rumbold boards a ferry across the Channel, tracing the roots of the brutal murder back into the war-torn past.
Expertly combining authentic courtroom drama at the Old Bailey with a perilous quest for evidence across France, Death Has Deep Roots is an unorthodox marvel of the mystery genre.