The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing

The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing

A richly-rewarding literary novel that is also a gripping page-turner – Val McDermid

Historical Writers Association (HWA) Gold Crown Longlist
McIlvanney Prize Longlist
– Goldsboro Books August Book of the Month
– Times and Sunday Times Crime Club Pick

‘Riveting’ Women & Home  ‘Richly enjoyable’ The Scotsman  ‘Wonderfully evoked’ Daily Mail

When an old soldier dies alone in an Edinburgh nursing home, no Will and no known relatives, nothing left behind but a crumpled pawn ticket and fifty thousand pounds sewn into the lining of his burial suit, Heir Hunter, Solomon Farthing, is soon on the case.

But in trawling through the deceased’s family tree, he uncovers a mystery that goes back to 1918 and a group of soldiers abandoned in a farmhouse billet in the weeks leading up to the armistice, nothing to do but gamble away the days as they wait for the end to come.

A companion volume to The Other Mrs Walker, The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing returns to the world of those who die with no next-of-kin to reveal that the debts of the present can never be settled unless those of the past have been paid first.

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