The Mirror Game

The Mirror Game

By Guy Gardner

Format: Paperback

(4 customer reviews)

Publication Date: Jan. 28, 2021


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Categories: Crime and Thrillers, Historical

ISBN: 9781914471018


London 1925.

When Adrian Harcourt, a politician and captain in the army believed dead with his company on the battlefield of Flanders, is sighted looking like he’s been living rough, Harry Lark, a war veteran and journalist, is enlisted by his friend and benefactor Lady Carlise to investigate.

As he becomes drawn further into the case and the deaths mount up, he can see that things don’t add up. Where has Adrian been for so many years? Why can’t he remember parts of his past?

Looking further into Adrian’s previous life, even as his own dark past and addiction to laudanum threatens to overwhelm him, Harry begins to fall for Lady Carlise’s beautiful daughter Freddy, who was also Adrian’s fiancé.

Chasing the leads as they continue to unravel, can Harry solve the mystery behind what really happened to Adrian before it’s too late?

Guy Gardner is a professional jazz pianist, and has played both at home and around Europe in venues such as The National Theatre, Pizza Express Soho, the 02 and The Royal Albert Hall. Having earned his degree in Music at Dartington College of Arts, he went on to gain a PGCE in teaching, which he used to teach in a prison for a time. Currently, he combines his writing with teaching piano in Dorset, where he lives with his wife, two young sons and dog.


Atomic Books (Guest Review) - 03 Feb, 2022

I love historical fiction and crime fiction so this book offered the best of both Worlds. It uses the time period to great effect to create a perfect thriller. The story is set 7 years after the Great War and does justice to the damage the war did to the country and its people. The language is brilliant and one of my favourite lines is ‘The buildings which remain are hollow, no more than playgrounds for the mind.’ The characters are all really well written and Harry the leading man feels very real and likeable as are all the main characters although some it is perhaps more of a case of love to hate.

Michaela Syson (Guest Review) - 03 Feb, 2022

I’m always partial to a historical fiction and this one just ticked all the right boxes.

Set between the world wars it’s full of intrigue, mystery and suspense.

I loved the twistyness of this and how just when I thought I knew what had happened they throw in another curve ball.

I loved Adrian. He’s just the kind of hero you need in a killer situation.

Would definitely read more from this author.

Miranda (miranda's bookscape) (Guest Review) - 07 Feb, 2022

I have to start by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed reading this fabulous book!

You are immediately drawn into the story from the very first chapter, with Lady Carlise, having believed she has seen Adrian Harcourt, whilst sitting in Mayfair’s Café Boheme.

You are taken on a journey meeting many different characters such as Bob Clements, Christine Fletcher and Peter Eslarp, whilst also being introduced to some unsavoury types such as Al Ivers and Cedric.

Each chapter you are thrown in another direction as to where the story could be heading, and you are left guessing about why there are murders and attempts on people’s lives, right up to the last few chapters. Who wants them dead and why?

It is an extremely well written book, and I for one, can’t wait to read another of Guy’s novels in the future. A highly enjoyable read, one that I couldn’t wait to finish to know what happens, but also hated to reach the end.

If you love a good old fashioned mystery, with lots of twist and turns, then I highly recommend this wonderful book!

Lynsey (Guest Review) - 27 Feb, 2022

‘The Mirror Game’ is an intriguing historical fiction mystery that also looks at the lastIng affects of war on humanity and individuals. This book falls in my favourite era of history as there is so much social and economic history to explore and unpack, that it always guarantees a good read and that certainly was the case here! I flew through this book and stayed up late into the night to finish it. The social commentary that the author manages to convey in the story has an empathic touch, especially when it comes to the theme of shell shock, or what we would now call it PTSD.

When Lady Carlisle is taking afternoon tea she spots her daughter’s fiance across the room. Nothing strange there but Adrian Harcourt was declared dead in WW1 and it looks as if he has been sleeping on the streets. When he runs out of the tea shop Lady Carlisle is determined to find him and asks her friend and ex-private detective, Harry Lark, to locate him! Whilst using all his contacts he has to ask Freddy, Lady Carlisle’s daughter for her input but he becomes enthralled with her. Surely, this is a recipe for disaster!

I fell slightly in love with Harry - he is just a bumbling idiot at times but there is a core of intelligence and sincerity under his addiction! All the way through the book I was rooting for him, both to overcome his addiction, solve the case and finally to get the girl! The narrative of the book explores many themes but the most prevalent I would say was the issue of shell shock. I felt the individual flashbacks to the trenches and then the nursing home sections were especially done well.

I hope that this is the start of a brand new series as I enjoyed this one immensely!

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