5.0 out of 5 stars A Breath of Fresh Air
Reviewed in the United States on March 6, 2023
What a surprise! I have read very few historical detective novels, but really enjoyed the incredible detailing. You feel as though you were in the mid-nineteenth century while reading this detective novel set mostly in Australia. Further, the info about England and especially Australia struly gave the book a feeling being right beside Findo and Errol trying to find the solution of the dilemma. It is hard to imagine that it took over 90 days to travel from Australia to England at that time. What a trip! The book turned out to be a real page turner for me.
(A) well-constructed 19th-century tale... (the) locations are expertly woven into the development of the solid plot and the characters' storylines."
Receiving 5 stars by reviewers in the Historical Fiction category, the first book in the Major Gask Mysteries series, The Case of the Emigrant Niece, is chosen as a finalist in the 2022 competition - "A Sherlock Holmes-esque mystery, with two memorable and eccentric criminal investigators."
"...a captivating historical fiction novel by David Cairns set in the 1800's and spanning Australia, London, Glasgow, and the Scottish Highlands. Extensively researched, and historically accurate, this book will appeal to readers who enjoy historical fiction. The novel has a definite Sherlock Holmes vibe, and I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery, suspense and intrigue."