After surviving the horrors of the Great War, Paul Shenstone works as a police detective in 1920s Toronto, rooting out petty criminals and rumrunners. The unusual murder of a prominent industrialist gives him the biggest case of his career and a not entirely welcome opportunity to make his name on the force. The waters are muddied when the investigation starts uncovering cAfter surviving the horrors of the Great War, Paul Shenstone works as a police detective in 1920s Toronto, rooting out petty criminals and rumrunners. The unusual murder of a prominent industrialist gives him the biggest case of his career and a not entirely welcome opportunity to make his name on the force. The waters are muddied when the investigation starts uncovering connections between the deceased Digby Watt and soldiers Shenstone knew in Flanders. What will Shenstone's choice be if he has to arrest one of his own comrades? He has promised Watt's attractive and independent daughter that he will bring the perpetrator to justice, but bonds forged in war are not easily broken. In the end, what does justice require, restitution or punishment?...
|Title||:||Quarrel with the Foe: A Paul Shenstone Mystery|
|Number of Pages||:||240 Pages|
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Quarrel with the Foe: A Paul Shenstone Mystery Reviews
The murder of Peerless Armaments owner, Digby Watt, dredges up awful memories for police detective and WWI vet, Paul Shenstone. Watts’ company was responsible for making bum shells that killed one of Paul’s colleagues in the trenches twelve years earlier. Is the murder about revenge, or family greed?Quarrel with the Foe is a beautifully written whodunnit deftly incorporating clues, red herrings, and back story into the plot. Author Mel Bradshaw also creates a complex protagonist forced to battle demons, past and present. It was intriguing to read a story that takes place in Toronto in the mid 1920’s, as it’s not an overly common time and setting. Bradshaw does a superb job of showing the ramifications of war not only upon soldiers but upon their families, and even those who weren’t directly involved. A great read.
The setting of this slim paperback mystery attracted me more than anything else about it (although the cover was pretty). Toronto in 1926, the policeman protagonist a veteran of the Great War. I expected something similar to the “Inspector Rutledge” series by Charles Todd. However, QUARREL WITH THE FOE offers detective sergeant Paul Shenstone, literally “flatfooting” his way around town (no available police cars) to solve the high-profile murder of an industrialist/war profiteer, with none of the dramatic angst and psychological complications of Rutledge. Shenstone is described as “a tough guy who listens more than he talks” (p11) and, during three horrific years at the front, he was a “champion trench raider” (p156). We know he likes to flout Prohibition and keep a whiskey flask handy--and he likes the company of women enough to pay cash for it--but that’s pretty much the extent of characterization attempted by author Mel Bradshaw. Frankly, Shenstone is more a résumé than a person. To be fair, Toronto in the Twenties only recorded three murders in an average year--so that, in general, “no sleuthing is required” (p186) of even the most intrepid detective. Still, QUARREL WITH THE FOE gives us a lot of rather plodding sleuthing, but very little flair, drama or memorable dialogue. Not an auspicious start to a series.