The Body on the Doorstep

The Body on the Doorstep by AJ Mackenzie is an excellent historical mystery. Set in the Romney Marshes at the end of the 18th century the plot combines a murder, the local community of smugglers, the corrupt and dysfunctional customs services with the threat of a French invasion. Smugglers, spies and toss in a drunken vicar as a detective.

This is an enjoyable read, lots of interesting historical detail, engaging characters and plenty of twists to the plot. There is definitely potential for a series based on these characters and setting, I would like to read more.

4/5

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