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Review | Circles of Deceit | Paul CW Beatty

We’re delighted to be sharing Laura’s thoughts about Circles of Deceit by Paul CW Beatty on the Rachel’s Random Resources tour.

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Circles of Deceit is the second story of Constable Josiah Ainscough. I enjoyed Children of Fire and looked forward to reading this historical murder mystery.

Set between 1842 and 1843, a political turbulent time during Queen Victoria’s reign. With constant strikes, political meetings, activists and radicalism this story shares great historical detail.

Josiah stops an assassination of a chartist leader but discovers danger, conspiracy and murder during his duty.

I found it interesting to discover the pillaging of the bread from the workhouse actually took place and after the seriousness of the political issues, I really enjoyed the letters to Cynthia from Rosemary. Her letters represented a need for love and her youthful feelings of men.

A fascinating historical murder mystery.

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Paul CW Beatty is an unusual combination of a novelist and a research scientist. Having worked for many years in medical research in the UK NHS and Universities, a few years ago he took an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University emerging with a distinction.

His latest novel, Children of Fire, is a Victorian murder mystery set in 1841 at the height of the industrial revolution. It won the Writing Magazine’s Best Novel Award in November 2017 and is published by The Book Guild Ltd. 

Paul lives near Manchester in the northwest of England. Children of Fire is set against the hills of the Peak District as well as the canals and other industrial infrastructure of the Cottonopolis know as the City of Manchester.  Twitter @cw_beatty


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