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The beloved Sergeant Cribb series by Peter Lovesey

The year is 1884. London is being terrorised by a series of bomb blasts – even within Great Scotland Yard! Reluctantly, Sergeant Cribb attends a course in the science of infernal machines in a bid to gain expert knowledge of explosives and beat the criminals at their own game.

With Constable Thackeray the prime suspect, Cribb feels bound for professional and personal reasons to track down the truth at any cost. And very soon he is abducted at gunpoint by an Irish-American hammer-thrower and finds himself an unwilling but vital member of the Dynamite Party . . .

Reviews

Sinister fun in splendidly atmospheric setting
Sunday Telegraph
It's a tangled business, both evil and intricate. Very much Grade A
John Dickson Carr, Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine
For a delightful, offbeat offering in the mystery field try Peter Lovesey's Abracadaver
San Francisco Examiner
Lovesey has a special flair for re-creating Victorian England with to-the-manner-born wit. I love Lovesey
Saturday Review
Music hall's heyday lovingly recalled as Sergeant Cribb and Constable Thackeray cope with limelit poisoning and Victorian permissiveness . . . thoroughly entertaining - Guardian
Guardian