A Celebration of Gallows Court


A Celebration of Gallows Court

It's our stop on the Gallows Court blog tour and our moment to celebrate Martin Edward's brilliant fast-paced and twisty thriller. 

LONDON, 1930 Sooty, sulphurous, and malign: no woman should be out on a night like this. A spate of violent deaths – the details too foul to print – has horrified the capital and the smog-bound streets are deserted. But Rachel Savernake – the enigmatic daughter of a notorious hanging judge – is no ordinary woman. To Scotland Yard’s embarrassment, she solved the Chorus Girl Murder, and now she’s on the trail of another killer.

Jacob Flint, a young newspaperman temporarily manning The Clarion’s crime desk, is looking for the scoop that will make his name. He’s certain there is more to the Miss Savernake’s amateur sleuthing than meets the eye. He’s not the only one. His predecessor on the crime desk was of a similar mind – not that Mr Betts is ever expected to regain consciousness after that unfortunate accident...

Flint’s pursuit of Rachel Savernake will draw him ever-deeper into a labyrinth of deception and corruption. Murder-by-murder, he’ll be swept ever-closer to its dark heart – to that ancient place of execution, where it all began and where it will finally end: Gallows Court.

Gallows Court


Praise for Gallows Court 

'Never have I encountered such a fast-paced and violent plot... A real page-turner.' Harriet Devine


'One of the most satisfying reads I’ve experienced for a long time. Gallows Court comes with my Highest Recommendation.' Classic Mystery Blog 


'Martin Edwards has brought the 1930s to teeming life. Gallows Court is a dazzling feat of imagination, a crime thriller with enough ingenious murders to fill three books.' Peter Swanson 
'Edwards is famous for his expertise in the Golden Age detective story, and this book reflects his passion for and his knowledge of the period. This is no country house murder mystery, however, but a fast-paced and assured thriller set in 1930s London; it’ll keep you reading, breathless, until the very last page.' Ann Cleeves
'In Martin Edwards' latest, Gallows Court, an enigmatic woman, a family history, and a thirst for justice weave a web of intrigue and murder you won't soon forget. Gallows Court draws you in slowly until you are well and truly hooked in a world where death wears many faces. Martin Edwards' fascinating mysteries should make the Golden Age authors he writes so brilliantly about rise up and salute him for HIS cleverness.' Charles Todd, NYT bestselling author of the Ian Rutledge Mysteries and Bess Crawford Mysteries
'Dark, yet dazzling, Gallows Court perfectly evokes that ominous decade, the 1930s, in a crime story that is pacy, compelling and rich in surprises. With this novel, Martin Edwards merits comparison with the best of the writers he celebrated in his award-winning study, The Golden Age of Murder.' Peter Lovesey
'The author of ‘The Golden Age of Murder’ has not wasted any of the research he did for that definitive work of non-fiction. In his new crime novel, Gallows Court, Martin Edwards has set a satisfyingly twisty plot against the satisfyingly murky background of 1930s London.' Simon Brett
'Edwards has managed, brilliantly, to combined a Golden Age setting with a pace that is bang up to date. A great sense of the era observed through a cut-throat-sharp eye, every page dripping with brilliant period authenticity.' Peter James
'In Gallows Court, Martin Edwards has given us a darkly twisted tale set between the wars. Is the enigmatic Rachel Savernake, daughter of a prominent "hanging judge," an avenging angel or a psychotic killer who has inherited her father's sadistic aberrations? Highly recommended.' Margaret Maron
'Martin Edwards brings the Golden Age of crime fiction back, with a unique twist, in this superbly crafted mystery set in the 1930s. A rare treat!' Ragnar Jonasson
'Gallows Court dips into the past, with everything we have come to expect from Martin Edwards: a lovely sense of place, a tight plot, dry humor, and deftly drawn characters we want to spend more time with. Welcome to the Thirties!' Laurie R. King, NYT bestselling author of The Beekeeper's Apprentice and Island of the Mad
'More twists than the dankest alleyways of 1930s London, and a detailed evocation of the period that's an absolute triumph. From the opening page, you know you're in the hands of a gifted writer as he unravels a tale of murder, mystery and intrigue against a vivid backdrop of the 1930s. Right at the heart of Gallows Court is the uniquely intriguing character of Rachel Savernake, who will keep you guessing from the first chapter to the last.' Stephen Booth 
'I enjoyed Gallows Court enormously: what a rollercoaster of a book, full of twists and echoes. Its wicked blend of humour, observation and melodrama reminded me at different points of pre-war Allingham and even Wilkie Collins. I loved the setting, too, and the way you so neatly subvert the gothic woman-in-distress theme. Bravo. Hurrah for 'Rachel'. I hope you have more in the same vein up your sleeve.' Andrew Taylor
'This erudite and compelling novel opens with a bang – a headless corpse in a locked room in 1930s London. More bodies swiftly follow, and the task of unravelling the connecting dots falls to journalist-on-the-make Jacob Flint, earnest, courageous, and possibly out of his depth. But the standout creation in this puzzlebox of a novel is the ambiguous Rachel Savernake, a wealthy heiress who eschews society’s expectations for her and has the wit, intelligence, and ruthless determination to cross swords with the most powerful men of her day. The author is a renowned expert on the Golden Age of crime fiction, and it shows. The writing is sumptuous, the evocation of the period – down to the finest detail – glorious, and the mystery itself a wonderfully refreshing take on the ‘psychological noir’ genre. The twist – and the terrible secret at the heart of the murders – are twin stings in the tail of a classy and beautifully crafted novel.' Vaseem Khan, author of the Baby Ganesh Detective Agency Series
'Edwards spins a mean plot liberally spiced with mystery, suspense and action. He also presents us with a beguiling cast of characters—especially in Rachel Savernake— and a convincing 1930s atmosphere. A thoroughly gripping read!' Peter Robinson
Gallows Court is out now in hardback and ebook.