The Lost Daughter
A Jean Brash Mystery 2
By David Ashton
Read by David Ashton and Siobhan Redmond
Jean Brash - the best brothel keeper in Victorian Edinburgh, businesswoman and a brilliant foil to the BBC's Inspector James McLevy - now turned sleuth in her own right. After Mistress of the Just Land, the second adventure in David Ashton's Jean Brash series...
For fans of Elementary, Ripper Street and Sherlock Holmes - meet Jean Brash, a feisty, self-made woman turned sleuth in murky Victorian Edinburgh where crime and high society meet.
After Mistress of the Just Land, the second adventure in David Ashton's Jean Brash series...
A theatre company arrives in Leith to perform King Lear. A robbery is planned, a gruesome murder committed, both of which set Inspector James McLevy on the prowl, and Jean's past returns in the shape of the avenging son of a man she has long ago been accused of poisoning.
Even more lethally, her own lost family life resurrects in the present, as a wild young actress who trails violence and death behind her, involves Jean in a dangerous complex game that gnaws at the very root of her identity.
All this grounded in Leith's gritty backdrop - the rich exotic world of the theatre meeting the harsh reality of the streets.
Past, present and future - this unholy trinity collide to overwhelm the world of Jean Brash and involve her in a tale where the abandoned child inside her demands the right to grieve as well as feel some fractured, fleeting joy.
By the end, a chapter of Jean's life may close and a new future might be signalled in other lands and other countries...
(P)2017 John Murray Press
'Jean Brash is my favourite character and David Ashton's writing is as delicious, elegant and compelling as she is' Siobhan Redmond (Jean Brash in BBC Radio 4's McLevy series)
DAVID ASHTON was born in Greenock in 1941.
He studied at Central Drama School, London, from 1964 to 1967, and most recently appeared in The Last King of Scotland and The Etruscan Smile. David started writing in 1984 and he has seen many of his plays and TV adaptations broadcast - he wrote early episodes of EastEnders and Casualty, and twelve McLevy series for BBC Radio 4.
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07 Sep 2017
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PRAISE FOR THE INSPECTOR McLEVY AND JEAN BRASH SERIES
Ashton is an old hand at milking the Old Town, New Town and Leith for their maximum atmosphere, suspense and air of criminality. That, combined with the intriguing premise of a crime-solving brotel-keeper, makes Mistress of the Just Land a most diverting page turner
Here is Jean Brash centre stage in all her splendour - clever, cheeky, generous, alluring, hard-headed, yet prone to the occasional burst of crazy romanticism, an old friend who is full of surprises. I find her as irresistible as McLevy does: she's my favourite character and David Ashton's writing is as delicious, elegant and compelling as she is. — Siobhan Redmond (Jean Brash in BBC Radio 4’s McLevy series)
An intriguing Victorian story... elegant and convincing
— The Times
McLevy is one of the greatest psychological creations and Ashton the direct heir to Robert Louis Stevenson
— Brian Cox, CBE - Award-winning actor
Mclevy is a sort of Victorian Morse with a heart, prowling the mean wynds and tenements of the endlessly fascinating city. David Ashton impeccably evokes Edinburgh so vividly that you feel the cold in your bones and the menace of the Old Town's steep cobbles and dark corners — Financial Times
David Ashton's writing is excellent, his characters thoroughly convincing and his narrative grabs you
— The Sherlock Holmes Society
Ashton's McLevy is a man obsessed with meting out justice and with demons of his own — Scotsman