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The Bone Fire by S D Sykes

The Bone Fire

S D Sykes

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2 reviews

Imprint: Hodder & Stoughton
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publication date: 25 Jul 2019
ISBN: 9781473679993

Oswald de Lacy returns in this Medieval thriller from the author of PLAGUE LAND and THE BUTCHER BIRD.

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
28 Jul 2019

"[an] enjoyable “locked castle” mystery"

The Bone Fire ) is SD Sykes’s latest in her series of characterful crime novels featuring Oswald de Lacy, a 14th-century nobleman. When plague threatens England again, 13 years after the ravages of the Black Death, de Lacy and his family take refuge, with other guests, in a friend’s isolated island castle. For fear of the pestilence, no-one can enter or leave, but the discovery of their host’s bloody body reveals that a murderer is among them. In this enjoyable “locked castle” mystery, more deaths follow as Oswald works to identify the killer and his motives.

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
26 Jul 2019

"The setting is fantastic and although there are a few rather heavy-handed red herrings, it builds to a satisfyingly twisty climax"

After a tense and hugely atmospheric journey across the Kent marshes, the De Lacy family arrive to find a collection of strange people installed at the castle. Among the cast are a useless fool, an irascible clockmaker with a violent nephew and Godfrey’s dissolute, maid-bothering brother. Godfrey is a tempestuous, erratic host. Once the portcullis is lowered against the plague, there is a murder. Sykes uses the situation to set up a classic country house whodunnit. The setting is fantastic and although there are a few rather heavy-handed red herrings, it builds to a satisfyingly twisty climax.