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The Counterfeit Detective by Simpson Grears.

Updated: Nov 26, 2023

The Counterfeit Detective is a compelling and mysterious book. The mix of past and present tense in the narrative offered an enlightening experience. While it was initially perplexing, I quickly adapted and became engrossed in the story.

Briefly... When an American professor stumbles upon John Ledbury's diaries, he learns about a series of unsolved murders. Through England, Scotland, and the fabric of time, we travel with him in search of clues to solve the murders.

I was completely drawn into the story by the author's ability to build suspense and excitement. It became perplexing to determine what was real and what was fiction, keeping me in a state of curiosity until the end.

I'm a fan of mysteries, and Simpson has delivered exactly that. Although shocking and grim at times, the subject matter remained compelling. An enjoyable story.

Many thanks to @RymourBooks @KellyALacey @lovebookstours for the opportunity to read it.


About the Author

SIMPSON GREARS is the crime-writing name of the writer Ian Simpson Grears Spring. His collection of short stories, The Foot of the Walk Murders, was long listed

for a prestigious Dagger award for short story by the Crime Writers Association in 2021. His first detective novel, The Counterfeit Detective, is an epic Gothic literary crime thriller set mostly in Victorian London but also in 1970s England, Scotland and the United States.

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