Inspector McLevy

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 187 ratings

Shadow of the Serpent Summary

London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy.

Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the first in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh.

Edinburgh, 1880. Election fever grips the city. But while the rich and educated argue about politics, in the dank wynds of the docks it's a struggle just to stay alive. When a prostitute is brutally murdered, disturbing memories from 30 years ago are stirred in Inspector McLevy, who is soon lured into a murky world of politics, perversion and deception - and the shadow of the serpent.

©2016 David Ashton (P)2016 Hodder & Stoughton
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  • Book 1

    • Shadow of the Serpent

    • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 1
    • By: David Ashton
    • Narrated by: David Ashton
    • Length: 11 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 85

    London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the first in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Masterly performance by David Ashton

    • By homebeam on 22-06-16

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 2

    • Fall from Grace

    • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 2
    • By: David Ashton
    • Narrated by: David Ashton
    • Length: 14 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the second in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh. A burglary and murder at the home of Sir Thomas Bouch, the enigmatic architect of the ill-fated Tay Bridge, sets Inspector James McLevy off on a train of brutal killings, lethal liaisons, and double suicide which leads to a violent encounter with an old enemy, Hercules Dunbar.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Wrong Narrator

    • By Paul Johnson on 22-03-18

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 3

    • A Trick of the Light

    • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 3
    • By: David Ashton
    • Narrated by: David Ashton
    • Length: 15 hrs and 34 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 22

    London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the third in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh. Halloween 1881, Edinburgh, and the dead are restless. In respectable Edinburgh society, beautiful young American spiritualist Sophia Adler is causing a furore with her dramatic séances.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Have become a huge fan of stories and narrator!

    • By twigs way on 17-02-17

    Regular price: £19.99

  • Book 4

    • Nor Will He Sleep

    • An Inspector McLevy Mystery 4
    • By: David Ashton
    • Narrated by: David Ashton
    • Length: 14 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 25
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 25

    London had Sherlock Holmes. The dark alleys of Edinburgh had Inspector McLevy. Known as the father of forensics and a likely influence on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, real-life police inspector James McLevy is here reinvented by David Ashton in a thrilling mystery - the fourth in a series - set in dark, violent Victorian Edinburgh. It's 1887. The streets of Edinburgh seethe with anarchy as two gangs of students rival each other in wild exploits.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • such slow narration .totally ruined it

    • By The Reluctant Hermit on 08-06-17

    Regular price: £19.99