The Bellingham Bloodbath reunites us with Colin Pendragon, that Victorian PI who is as arrogant, proud and sure of himself as ever. Accompanied by partner Ethan Pruitt, Colin is determined to solve the murder of Captain Trevor Bellingham, from Her Majesty’s Life Guard. And he has challenged to do this in 3 days!
Colin plunges to the floor to do his pushups and pumps his dumbbells many a time, but he is still stumped. Captain Bellingham was loved by all, had a wife and child but was brutally tortured and shot in his own home. His son is left alive, and Ethan can empathize with the horror the child must be going through. Major Hampstead wants to wrap everything up, and Colin asks for just 3 days to solve the murders. The gruesome crime scene paints a lurid picture, and Colin is almost driven out of there by Scotland Yard and old rival Inspector Varcoe.
Lady Nesbitt has lost her princess Priscilla and she beseeches Colin to find her. Her offer to pay several times what the Life Guard is paying doesn’y hurt either. Colin multitasks and is working on both the cases at breakneck speed. Ethan Pruitt has to face some old demons and meets Maw, who is almost docile in her old age. Colin and Ethan fight and make up, and the clock is still ticking.
The investigation takes Colin Pendragon to a retired officers’ home, the Irish guard, the home of a dubious lady and the canine championship circuit. In the end, the solution seems almost too prosaic. The queen is often referred to as just ‘Victoria’, and I wonder why. I will admit that I definitely liked The Arnifour Affair much more than this story. But The Bellingham Bloodbath will also keep mystery lovers guessing till the final pages.
When I read The Arnifour Affair, there was a big novelty factor. It took me a while to catch on to the whole Colin – Ethan story. But this time it seemed to be more obvious, maybe because I already read about it earlier?
London in the early 1900s with its carriages and lamps is quite the different setting. Gregory Harris brings us an enjoyable mystery that will keep you on edge till the end.