The Deadly Side of the Square by Alan Scholefield

‘Scholefield retains his place in the front rank of English crime writers’ – Publishers Weekly

Once there were many more of them.

Wartime refugees from Europe, they had all built new lives for themselves in Pimlico, yet, one by one, they are now dying in mysterious circumstances while those who remain, flee. All, that is, save Sophie Mendel, who, near-blind and ignored, nevertheless refuses to be cowed. Having been forced to leave a home behind once before, she will not do so again, and discovering the body of her neighbour only spurs her on.

Arriving in Sebastopol Square, Bill Seago had planned to meet his father but instead winds up burying him. Sophie finds an ally in Bill, a man equally suspicious of these so-called accidents, and with the help of the local doctor, Maggie, he starts to dig deeper. His pursuit of the truth makes Maggie wonder whether Sophie’s been right all along, that the shadows of the Square do indeed hide an evil that will soon be coming for them all …

Playing upon universal fears of growing old, loneliness and being left behind in changing times, Alan Scholefield’s classic crime novel unfolds against a backdrop of ambition, love and murder in 1980s London. Holding you in suspense from the first page to the last, this atmospheric mystery will leave you thinking twice about strange noises in the night.

About the author…

Alan Scholefield was born in 1931 in Cape Town, South Africa. After leaving university he became a journalist and travelled widely in southern and central Africa, Europe and America, and the varied settings of his books reflect these experiences. Most famous for his Macrae and Silver series, of which several are available, Scholefield’s other works include Venom, made into a film in 1981. He now lives in Hampshire with his wife and has three daughters.

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