A string of thefts ends in a grisly murder. Certain evidence leads Captain Barnwell to suspect a former thief, Rutherford Nordlinger as the culprit. Carl Brooke becomes personally involved as Nordlinger’s guilt is questioned.
In the style of Arthur Conan Doyle, CJ Martin brings back the Agora Society and its premiere scholar, Carl Brooke. This is the second novella in the Agora Series, the first being, Two Tocks before Midnight.
This author has it going as to short historical mysteries modeled on the works of Arthur Conan Doyle with a compelling story line, great mix of characters and a superb finish that had me guessing! I’m going to have to go back and grab “Two Tocks Before Midnight” as well which was the first book in the Agora Society series just as soon as I finish reading “Tanaka and the Yakuza’s Daughter” since I’ve got that one waiting for me in my archives. My newest favorite author – great stuff!
This is a first-class mystery with a thrilling plot and excellent narration. The classic writing style is refreshing and the author really gives the reader an impeccable sense of the times in which this story takes place. It’s a great read and I look forward to the next books in the series!
Currently, The Penitent Thief is only available as an eBook.