The Black Hills
by M.J. Trow

A Grand & Batchelor Victorian mystery

March, 1875. Although he has never had much time for George Custer, hero of the American Civil War and Commander of the 7th Cavalry, Matthew Grand feels duty bound to respond to a call for help from his West Point contemporary. Arriving at Fort Abraham Lincoln, deep in Dakota territory, private enquiry agents Grand and Batchelor discover the fort to be a powder keg of rumour and suspicion, petty rivalries, resentments – and closely-guarded secrets.

When a body is discovered during a routine scouting patrol, some of those secrets rise uncomfortably close to the surface. Are the Lakota Sioux responsible? Or does the killer lie closer to home? Could it have been a case of mistaken identity – and was Custer himself the real target? The General has made many enemies – but does someone have a good enough reason to kill him?


Another gripping adventure … Realistic depictions of 1800s army life in the West, a gripping story packed with a palpable sense of danger, and a shocker of an ending make for absorbing reading


Provides juicy portraits of several historic figures

Kirkus Reviews

A great adventurous romp and a recommended historical fiction read

Historical Novel Review

An engaging style and a gripping plot ... a sure bet for historical-mystery fans

Booklist on The Ring

Dickensian portraits of period archetypes and a shrewdly layered puzzle

Kirkus Reviews on The Ring

The complex plot is gripping and more than a little chilling - though with agreeable flashes of subtle humor. Trow ... knows to mix period details and distinctive characters in just the right proportions

Booklist on The Island

A witty and clever tale

Kirkus Reviews on The Island

Good fun, gentle humor, historic detail, plenty of twists, and a likable pair of heroes make this well worth reading

Booklist on The Angel

M.J. Trow

M.J. Trow is a military historian by training and the author of the longrunning Inspector Lestrade and ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell detective series, as well as the Kit Marlowe Tudor mysteries, the Grand & Batchelor Victorian mysteries and the Margaret Murray series. He lives in the Isle of Wight.

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The Black Hills by M.J. Trow is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029651726th February 2021135 X 215mm224£13.99
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