Death and the Running Patterer
By Robin Adair
Review by Crazyjedidiah
Sydney, Australia 1828, Nicodemus Dunne, a transported ex-Bow Street Runner on parole, is called on by Governor Darling to help solve a spate of unsolvable murders. He joins forces with the beautiful Rachel Dormin, a seamstress, but there are many twists and turns along the way. There are also numerous suspects with secrets worth killing for, including the Governor himself. The biggest twist of them all though is who the actual killer is.
I found this really easy to read, I loved the Historical aspects, that is the real historical figures from the well known figures such as Governor Darling and Captain Rossi, to the quirky figures like the Flying Pieman. I also loved the information about the colony itself like how things had been built up and how they had been run, as well as the naming of the places. I also loved how fact and fiction were intertwined to become 'friction' without losing anything, there were little snippets of facts that didn't take anything from the story.
Anyone who enjoys a read of crime fiction and loves reading about the history of Sydney would love this book.
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