The garotted corpse of Stanislaw Janus, a notorious antiquities thief and forger, is discovered in an excavation pit at an archeological site near Colchester,
on England’s east coast. A former curator of pre-Roman British artifacts at the British Museum, Janus had turned to crime and was fencing forgeries on
the international antiquities black market.
Despite being on parental leave to care for his four-month-old daughter, Detective Inspector Michael “Mick” Chandra is put in charge of the case, his family
leave suspended by New Scotland Yard’s commissioner. Mick calls upon the Yard’s Arts and Antiquities Unit for help in this complex case and as it turns
out, he will need all the help he can get, as the case becomes increasingly fraught with danger and risk.
Familiar faces from the two previous Mick Chandra books return as well: Jessica Beaumont, the American-born pianist who is now Mick’s wife; Mick’s
friend and chief informant, Jamie Geller; and Mick’s no-nonsense partner, Sergeant Elizabeth Chang.
And then there is the mysterious rust-encrusted key sent through Mick’s home mail slot bearing a note that reads: “The key to the Ravenhoe Cauldron.”
What they’re saying about it:
PRAISE FOR THE ERLKING:
“I am hooked on this series, and anxiously await book three to see what kind of mystery Mick needs to solve next. I recommend you get on board, as well,
especially if you love mysteries!”—Literary R&R