Darkness Beyond
by Marjorie Eccles

DI Herbert Reardon investigates the curious case of a man seemingly returned from the dead, in the latest 1930s-set historical mystery from Marjorie Eccles.

February, 1933. When their eldest brother Paul walks into their hallway, fourteen years after he was presumed dead, successful property developers Thea and Teddy Millar are beset with questions. Where has he been? Why has he never written to let them know he was alive? And most of important of all: what happened to Paul, after the end of the Great War, to make him abandon everything and everyone he ever knew?

When Paul’s body is found floating in the canal two weeks later, Detective Inspector Herbert Reardon feels sure the murder is connected to his new life in London. For who would want to kill a man who’s been thought dead for over a decade?

But Reardon knows the past can cast long shadows, and as he investigates, he finds a knot of dark secrets and old grudges that someone is determined he’ll never untangle . . .

This atmospheric historical mystery brings the interwar period of the 1930s to vivid, compelling life, and is a great choice for fans of traditional mysteries with characters who feel real and sympathetic.


Eccles skillfully juggles several possible suspects, keeping the suspense high by revealing festering past resentments and memories colored by the passage of time … Fans of traditional English mysteries will have fun

Publishers Weekly

Draw[s] on the world of Agatha Christie in terms of period ambience; a complex, clue-laden plot; and an amiable lead character in Reardon


Eccles combines a steady police procedural with a tense family drama that hits all the right notes

Kirkus Reviews

Eccles’ entertaining historical mystery series combines nicely rendered period detail along with a complex murder and a completely unexpected ending

Booklist on The Property of Lies

Entertaining ... The clues are clearly presented, but the ending will still come as a surprise

Publishers Weekly on The Property of Lies

Will delight fans of the TV series Downton Abbey and authors Simon Brett and Kate Kingsbury

Library Journal Starred Review of Heirs and Assigns

Somewhat reminiscent of an Agatha Christie novel, this delightful British country-house mystery features a clever plot, captivating characters, and authentic period detail

Booklist on Heirs and Assigns

Readers will be as keen as the inspector to see how the case develops

Publishers Weekly on Heirs and Assigns

Marjorie Eccles

Marjorie Eccles was born in Yorkshire and spent much of her childhood there and on the Northumbrian coast. She is the author of many crime novels, including the Gil Mayo police procedurals – which were adapted for television by the BBC – and the DI Herbert Reardon historical mysteries. She has one grown-up son and now lives in Buckinghamshire.

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Darkness Beyond by Marjorie Eccles is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278506076th July 2021145 X 225mm288$14.99
Hardback978072785060729th April 2021145 X 225mm288£20.99
Ebook97814483052611st June 2021N/A288$14.99
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