The Lazarus Charter
by Tony Bassett
It’s my stop on the “The Lazarus Charter” blog tour! Thanks very much to Rachel’s Random Resources and author Tony Bassett who have kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
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Bob Shaw is baffled to see a man in a brown coat at a bustling Underground station. Surely it can’t be his friend, the scientist Professor Morley? Morley perished weeks before in a blazing car. Is the man an impostor or did his friend fake his death?
This fascinating and ingenious thriller tells of Bob’s battle to find out the truth, helped by his wife Anne. They are confronted by ruthless enemies and forced to flee their home in this fast-paced spy thriller from the author of Smile Of The Stowaway.
How would you feel having just attended the funeral of one of your old friends? You’ve just consoled your friend’s grieving widow and read all about the accident that killed him in the newspapers. You’d feel terrible, right? So imagine that one day shortly after, you see that same old friend walking through the streets of London. You feel like you must be going crazy, but the more you look into it, the more you’re certain it’s him. This is what happens to Bob Shaw.
Bob and Anne Shaw are the stars in this second book by Tony Bassett. Having not long solved a crime in “Smile of the Stowaway”, a book I reviewed last summer, Bob is determined to get to the bottom of this mystery and will do anything to convince his wife that he’s not delusional.
The couple live in Kent, but Bob travels back and forth up to London, obsessed with finding clues and evidence that will prove that he’s telling the truth. I loved how local this book was to me, especially as both my home village and my commuter destination were both mentioned!
I also liked how topical it was and how this story, featuring Russian agents, probably wouldn’t be out of place in today’s newspapers. To be honest, I don’t know much about the field, but it’s clear that a lot of research and experience has gone into cleverly pulling this story together.
In general I found the story to be well paced but a little long for my tastes. As I found in the first book, Anne and Bob speak and act a little older than their years, but if you can look beyond that, they are both strong characters. Bob really shines in this book and he’s certainly not going down without a fight.
I’d recommend this book for someone interested in reading a twisty British spy novel.
Overall rating: “The Lazarus Charter” tells the enjoyable story of Bob and Anne Shaw solving the mystery behind seemingly inexplicable events. If you’re looking for an intriguing story full of twists and turns, this could be the book for you!
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