Gamekeeper's Gallows

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This is an historical crime mystery set in the High Peak district of Derbyshire in the 1870s. The police detective, Thomas Brunt, who first appeared in Rescue from the Rose, appears here too, but as a much younger man.

It might be almost entitled ‘The Search for Amy Harrington’ or ‘The Case of the Missing Girls’; for when Brunt, in search of Amy, makes the long journey to the very remote hamlet of Piper’s Fold he finds that there has been something of a traffic in young girls in this tiny, enclosed community. Brunt’s journey is not assisted by the vagaries of the Cromford and High Peak Railway (a piece of authentic history) which contrived to take five and a half hours to cover thirty-three miles. In this novel the effective boss of the line is the driver Thomas Beresford, a splendid rustic eccentric and a truly comic character.

Brunt’s investigation entangles him in an extraordinary web of legend, folklore, rustic customs and secret community loyalties. The story develops excitingly as Brunt picks his way through mysteries and lies, and ends with a pleasing denouement.

About John Buxton Hilton

John Buxton Hilton was born in 1921 in Buxton, Derbyshire. After his war service in the army he became an Inspector of schools, before retiring in 1970 to take up full-time writing. " " " " He wrote two books on language teaching as well as being a prolific crime writer - his works include the Superintendent Simon Kenworthy series and the Inspector Thomas Brunt series, as well as the Inspector Mosley series under the pseudonym John Greenwood.

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Hangman's Tide
Hangman's Tide
Playground of Death
Playground of Death
Dead-Nettle
Dead-Nettle
No Birds Sang
No Birds Sang
The Anathema Stone
The Anathema Stone
Surrender Value
Surrender Value
The Innocents at Home
The Innocents at Home
Death of an Alderman
Death of an Alderman
Some Run Crooked
Some Run Crooked
The Green Frontier
The Green Frontier
The Sunset Law
The Sunset Law
The Asking Price
The Asking Price
Corridors of Guilt
Corridors of Guilt
The Hobbema Prospect
The Hobbema Prospect
Passion In The Peak
Passion In The Peak
Moondrop to Murder
Moondrop to Murder
Displaced Persons
Displaced Persons
Mr Fred
Mr Fred
The Quiet Stranger
The Quiet Stranger
Slickensides
Slickensides

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Dead-Nettle
Dead-Nettle
Mr Fred
Mr Fred
The Quiet Stranger
The Quiet Stranger
Slickensides
Slickensides