By Edward Marston
January 1916. Britain is near to imposing conscription. Eligible younger males who've now not but signed as much as struggle are despised as 'conchies' and 'shirkers', subjected to hatred and verbal abuse. Cyril Ablatt, chief of Shoreditch's workforce of conscientious objectors, makes a rousing speech at a gathering of the No-Conscription Fellowship, refusing to be 'an device of slaughter in a khaki uniform'.
When Cyril is brutally bludgeoned to dying, Scotland backyard detectives Inspector Marmion and Sergeant Keedy are assigned to the case. because the pair building up a portrait of Cyril, they unearth an interesting inner most lifestyles at the back of the man's saintly façade. It quickly turns into transparent there are many suspicious characters with causes for the killing.
Meanwhile, public sympathy is lukewarm. a few humans even declare conchie merits to die if he won't struggle for King and state. And within the wake of the homicide, 3 shut acquaintances of Ablatt worry that they could even be less than threat....
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Instrument of Slaughter (The Home Front Detective, Book 2) by Edward Marston