Books by David J Boulton
The Peak District in the 1870's was a land of stark contrasts. The wildness of the local countryside is now being crossed by the new railways transporting raw materials to satisfy the insatiable demand of the Industrial Revolution. Newly promoted Sergeant Sam Spray, now in charge of his own office, has a murder case to solve.
The Irish Potato Famine resonates with events thirty years later in the Peak District where a man is found shot in a rail yard and a locked van has been broken into. Sergeant Sam Spray and Constable William Archer are called in, only to find themselves involved in something more dangerous than they could have imagined. Meanwhile domestic events become tragically entangled with their investigation.
It is December 1875 and the recently established Railway Constabulary is faced with its first murder case. Sergeant Sam Spray is in charge and along with his assistant Constable William Archer they explore the railways, canals and wild country of the White Peak. The many twists and turns of the case are complicated by the reserved sergeant’s emotional entanglement with his landlady, the cool Elizabeth (Lizzie) Oldroyd. The case’s solution and Sam’s relationship with Lizzie turn out to be uncomfortably connected.