"I liked the atmosphere created throughout the book, and there were plenty of twists that I didn’t see coming, as I was reading it reminded me of Gosford Park."
An entertaining golden-age crime fiction set in a labyrinthine austro-hungarian estate and filled with secrets, family history and the occult. I was first drawn to this book by the intriguing cover image, with a mysterious castle-like structure and dark maze. Schattenturm, meaning Shadow Tower in German, is the main setting for this entertaining golden age style mystery. Hermann Horst, the youngest professor of philosophy at the esteemed University of Vienna works in his own time to research people’s fascination with the occult. This specialism means he has the insight needed to help Budapest Gendarme Senior Inspector Orczy Géza solve the murder of a gardener at an old austro-hungarian estate where superstitions and talk of vengeful ghosts have stymied the investigation. ‘As Above, So Below’ (a brilliant title that sounds like ‘Upstairs, Downstairs' but made creepy) by Ingram Hargrave is the first of potentially many Hermann Horst Mysteries. Horst and Géza are a strong investigative duo, with Horst being the more cerebral with methods that are uncommon, and Géza being more practical working together well in a Holmes and Watson style pairing. The setting was brilliant, an estate holding as many secrets as its occupants, presenting a labyrinthine backdrop that further keeps the truth of the murder from being revealed. The cast is varied, with lots of suspects to work your way through, from the new owners who displaced the family who lived on the estate for generations to staff old and new working across the property. I liked the atmosphere created throughout the book, and there were plenty of twists that I didn’t see coming, as I was reading it reminded me of Gosford Park. I think fans of Agatha Christie and other golden age mysteries will happily sink into this historical read. Hopefully there will be more to come.
Charlotte Walker, A LoveReading Ambassador
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