As intelligent as Sherlock Holmes and as wily as Hercule Poirot' Booklist
Introducing the pipe-smoking DI Ernest Hardcastle, bluff straight-talker, canny investigator and no respecter of privilege.1916. In a London shocked by reports of the first days of the Somme, a woman is found murdered in Shoreditch. At first it's thought she was a common streetwalker, but then she's identified as someone MI5 have had under observation and who has an address book containing the names of some of the high and mighty names in the land.
Hardcastle is brought in to take charge of the case, but his forthright and common sense approach does not sit comfortably with the help - and hindrance - of the MI5.
Graham Ison served in the British Army before joining the Metropolitan Police. During his thirty-year career in Scotland Yard's Special Branch, he was involved in several famous espionage cases and spent four years at 10 Downing Street as protection officer to the prime minister. He later guarded US Presidents, crowned heads and other heads of state during state visits to this country. Since leaving the police, he focused his talents on crime fiction, and has written over forty books including the Brock & Poole detective stories and the Hardcastle historical mysteries. He passed away in 2020.