His Last Confession

18 Apr

This is the third in the Inspector Drewes novels set in the dusty days of the Police, post Jack The Ripper, written by Mel Hodgkinson.

A notorious serial criminal makes a dying confession, well more of a tantalizing hint that something deemed ‘natural’ was far from it.  A number of jewelery robberies take place, but the thieves are very selective of their prizes and incredible accurate in their methods and research.  An eminent scientist dies from cruel injuries of an accident, yet a man of his briliance and precision surely would not let such a disasterous slip happen.  An elderly wealthy estranged grandfather dies, apparently having triped down some rickerty stairs, whilst staying with his struggling nephew and wife.  Could there is dastedly doing amongst the begonias? Is the slight if hand and trickery amongst the higher classes? What impatient ambition lies in the heart of men?

This is the first time we get a glance into the past of Inspector Drewes, when the jewel robbers turn on his own family, stealing a prize piece bequeathed to Drewes by his mother, which he gifts to his niece.  With his one-time fellowmpoliceman now a private investigator, can the perpetrators be brought to justice and the treasurers returned.

Another gripping read, an insight into the classes of Victorian England, how some see the police as mere surfs, grubby nosy men interfering is business above their station and some see them as persons of power and authourity, to be crossed or lied to at their peril.  The unease at a man’s chosen career and how it conflicts with the standing of his extended family even decades later.


Posted by on April 18, 2014 in Books, Review



4 responses to “His Last Confession

  1. Bushka

    April 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Very helpful, Ann! Gives one a very good idea of what to expect….;)


  2. foxhat

    April 18, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    Have you read ‘ The Suspicions of Mr Whicher’ Sounds from a similar period. I may give yours a try. Thanks.


    • amgroves

      April 19, 2014 at 11:51 am

      I have not read it but did watch the tv adaptation [which I imagine is nowt like the book], yes there are similarities but the tv one felt darker, more brooding.

      There are three so far in the Drewes series, I’d advise reading them in order, Shattered Clues, then Dead Ends and finally this one His Last Confession. Thoroughly recommend all three.



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