Edinburgh Twilight (Ian Hamilton Mysteries #1) by Carole Lawrence
At twenty seven, Ian Hamilton is the youngest Detective Inspector in the Edinburgh City Police Department. Once determined to be a great writer, Hamilton ended up following in his father’s footsteps after his parents died in a fire which he believes was set deliberately and left him with scars.
Now Hamilton pursues criminals with a fierce determination and analyzes crime scenes with a keen eye.
When a young man is found at the bottom of a cliff, it is quickly ruled a suicide. Hamilton isn’t so quick to jump to such a conclusion and after viewing the body quickly determines the man was strangled before being thrown from the cliff. As he investigates, the body count begins to rise and each victim is found with an unusual playing card.
With the help of his widowed aunt and a librarian who studies the criminal mind and the assistance of Sergeant Dickerson, Hamilton must determine who or what all of the victims have in common. Panic is beginning to spread across the city as the newspapers print sensational stories of the “Holyrood Strangler” and it’s up to Hamilton to catch the killer.
This was a fun beginning to a historical fiction mystery series. There’s plenty to unpack in Hamilton’s past that I’m sure will slowly be revealed over the course of the series. I enjoyed his relationship with the Chief Inspector who has a gruff exterior but is kind deep down and I’m looking forward to getting to know his aunt and Sergeant Dickerson better.
I recommend this book to readers who enjoy historical fiction and mystery.