Gallows Court: A Rachel Savernake Golden Age Mystery #1

Gallows Court: A Rachel Savernake Golden Age Mystery #1

eDunnit Award 2019 shortlist, Best Novel CWA Historical Dagger Award 2019 nominee Apple Books' best of September "Superb—a pitch-perfect blend of Golden Age charm and sinister modern suspense, with a main character to ...

About The Author

Martin Edwards

Winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger 2020 Martin Edwards has published sixteen crime novels and more than 50 short stories. His crime fiction has been short-listed for several awards and in 2008 he won the CWA Short Story Dagger. He ...

Reviews of

Gallows Court: A Rachel Savernake Golden Age Mystery #1

“Exceptional series launch from Edgar–winner Edwards…The labyrinthine plot is one of Edwards’s best, and he does a masterly job of maintaining suspense, besides getting the reader to invest in the fate of the two main characters. Fans of Edgar Wallace’s classic Four Just Men won’t want to miss this one.”

Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Highly atmospheric, spine-tingling fun…the way that Edwards keeps deepening the creepiness of this mystery until the very end is utterly stunning.”

Booklist (starred review)

“Martin Edwards crafts vivid descriptions of both character and setting that embed the reader into the scene in a way few writers can achieve.”

New York Journal of Books

“A heroine called Rachel Savernake had better live up to that dangerous-sounding name, and in Martin Edwards’s Gallows Court, she does…Is Rachel a female Moriarty? A lucky dilettante? An avenging angel? Edwards keeps the reader guessing deep into the lively narrative… a clever pastiche of the golden-age mystery.”

Air Mail

“Rachel moves in a world of corrupting power but is dedicated to exacting justice without regard to the status of the criminal. When some at Scotland Yard balk and settle for easier, more comfortable answers than those Rachel proposes, Rachel uses her own power and influence, as well as her relationships with Jacob and an up-and-coming inspector, to bring the story to a startling conclusion. And while it all gets tied up neatly at the end, very little, if anything, is what it seems in this novel, and Edwards keeps the surprises coming right to the finish.”


“The novel is complex with abundant surprises and an overall suspenseful atmosphere of evil, corruption and cruelty, focused on the ancient place of ultimate punishment, Gallows Court”

Historical Novel Society