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‘The Devil’s Ribbon’ by D.E. Meredith

Prologue – Highgate 1858

Nothing but shadows and an eerie stillness in the heat of a simmering night as a figure stoops under a lintel and makes his way quickly, through a labyrinth of alleys, before finding Berry Street and heading north along the Farringdon Road. For a fleeting moment he pauses and looks over his shoulder, to be seen briefly against the backdrop of a Smithfield butcher’s shop. His face mottled like the pox in the dark of its window. A sharp jaw, full lips, skin drawn tight over jutting cheekbones, and grasped tightly in his hands, a book. Musty pages from another lifetime, another world away and on its broken board. just one word – Liberty.

I have read one or two historical crime fiction novels and thoroughly enjoyed them, so the opportunity to add to my collection of characters and stories, with such an interesting premise, is one not to be missed.

If the descriptive qualities of this opening passage are anything to go by, I am in for a treat.

Is this person looking over their shoulder for fear of having been followed?

What is the significance of this book, simply titled ‘Liberty’ and is he fearful of losing it?

If these lines make you want to read on, you can find out more about both book and author, here .. or click on the book’s image for a detailed synopsis.


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As this was an author review request, I received a complimentary, signed and dedicated, hardcover copy of the book directly from D.E. (Denise) Meredith.

This will in no way influence any comments I may express about the book, in any blog article I may post. Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article.


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