Hardcastle's Frustration by Graham Ison
(Hardcastle Series)

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As the Great War grinds to its bloody finale, DI Hardcastle is encumbered with a frustrating and complicated investigation . . . -March, 1918. The Great War is grinding slowly to its bloody finale. Divisional Detective Inspector Ernest Hardcastle, head of the Whitehall Division of the Metropolitan Police, is called to a body is recovered from the Thames. Mavis Parker, the victim’s attractive widow, proves to be a good-time girl, and to complicate matters, all the suspects seem to be known to each other, including a South African who purports to be an actor. But it is when Special Branch intervene that things really get complicated . . .
 

About Graham Ison

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During Graham Ison's thirty year career in Scotland Yard's Special Branch he was involved in several espionage cases and the investigation into the escape of the spy George Blake. He spent four years at 10 Downing Street as Protection Officer to two Prime Ministers and also served as second-in-command of the Diplomatic Protection Group.
 
Published December 15, 2012 by Severn House Digital. 192 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Whether it’s off to Hurst Park to spy on Lady Rivers’s father, or to Wandsworth to interview an antiques dealer who’s been selling curios missing from the Grange, or out to Sir Adrian’s summer home in Colney Reach, it seems that the handiest tool in solving the case is the Bradshaw railway guide.

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When the killing of the young charwoman who found Sir Nigel’s corpse reinforces Hardcastle’s theory of ministerial hanky-panky, he prods his long-suffering sergeant Charles Marriott to look for answers in Wild Street, home to the late Daisy Johnson.

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But from Blackfriars to Belgravia, if there’s crime afoot, Hardcastle will give chase, telling Marriott for the umpteenth time that you need to tell the taxi to take you to Scotland Yard;

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As the Great War rages on, a corpse dumped in the Thames ends up in the bailiwick of Divisional DI Ernest Hardcastle and his colleagues at the Cannon Row station.

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Set in March and April 1918, Ison’s workmanlike 10th procedural featuring London Divisional Det. Insp. Ernest Hardcastle and Det. Sgt. Charles Marriott (after 2011’s Hardcastle’s Obsession) centers on

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