Walk Up! Walk Up! This way for the greatest show on earth. It is 1879. Disraeli is at Number Ten. The Zulu are being perfectly beastly to Lord Chelmsford. What has all this to do with the young Detective Sergeant Sholto Lestrade? Absolutely thing. Or has it? He has his work cut out investigating mysterious goings-on at Lord George Sanger's Circus. First, the best juggler in Europe is shot in full view of one thousand people. Then, Huge Hughie the Dwarf dies an agonising death under the Ether Trick. Finally, the Great Bolus dies by swallowing the wrong sword. And all of this after two bodies have been found with multiple slashes... And what is the link with Mr Howard Vincent, founder of the CID? And has the Prince Imperial really been caught by the Impis? A trail of murder is laid among the llama droppings as the World's Second Greatest Detective goes undercover to solve the Case of the Sawdust Ring. 'Splendidly shaken cocktail of Victorian fact and fiction... Witty, literate and great fun.'
M J Trow is a crime writer, historian and biographer who for many years doubled as a history teacher. Now retired, he is the author of three successful crime fiction series - Lestrade, Maxwell and Kit Marlowe, the latest written in collaboration with his wife. He lives in the Isle of Wight, and as well as writing lectures on cruise ships has appeared many times on television in historical and crime documentaries.