We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts today on Murder at the Fitzwilliam, the first book in Jim Eldridge’s Museum Mysteries series.
1894. After rising to prominence for his role investigating the case of Jack the Ripper alongside the formidable Inspector Abberline, Daniel Wilson has retired from the force and now works as a private enquiry agent. Having built a reputation for intelligence and integrity, Wilson is the natural choice for the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, which finds itself in need of urgent assistance.
The remains of an ancient princess and her entourage are to be unveiled as the centerpiece of the museum’s new Egyptian collection, but strange occurrences have followed their arrival in Britain: a dead body is discovered in a previously empty sarcophagus, one of the mummified bodyguards seemingly goes ‘walkabout’ and another man is found strangled to death with three-thousand-year-old bandages. Aided by the talented resident archaeologist Abigail Fenton but hindered by the dismissive local police force, can Wilson unravel the mystery and preserve the reputation of the museum ahead of its public launch?
Murder at the Fitzwilliam is published by Allison & Busby and is available to purchase in digital, paperback and hardcover formats.
I loved this book!
A wonderful new crime series set in the late 19th Century. The short chapters enticed me to read just one more at bedtime!
Daniel Wilson, with previous experience of working on the Jack the Ripper case finds himself in Cambridge, working as a private enquiry agent. A body found in an empty sarcophagus leads him to archaeologist, Abigail Fenton.
Daniel and Abigail use their own experience to decipher and investigate the murder at the museum.
The story includes tension between the main characters and the police detective, fantastic historical detail, grizzly murders and mysterious characters, which kept me captivated throughout. I have always been fascinated by Egyptian history and enjoyed this element to the story.
I can’t wait to read the next one.
Jim Eldridge is an author and scriptwriter. He has had 90 books published which have sold over three million copies. He has had over 250 TV and 250 radio scripts broadcast in the UK and across the world.
He is the creator and writer of Radio 4’s long-running KING STREET JUNIOR, CBBCTV’s Sci-fi drama POWERS, and was a key member of the writing teams on THE GHOST HUNTER and JULIA JEKYLL AND HARRIET HYDE, as well as many more TV and radio series. Two of his TV movies have had theatrical releases. His books include the best-selling MY STORY series, DISGUSTING DAVE, BLACK OPS,WRESTLING TROLLSand THE MALICHEA QUEST Series.
Jim Eldridge was born in the Kings Cross/Euston area of north London in November 1944. He left school at 16 and did a variety of jobs, before training as a teacher. He taught during the 1970s in disadvantaged areas of Luton, while at the same time writing. He became a full-time writer in 1978. He lives with his wife in Kent.
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