Our Lady of Mumbles is a new Rumsey Bucke novel, the second in the series. It is available on this website for £11.
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It is the autumn of 1880, and Swansea is in the grip of a suicide cult. Only true believers will be saved in the imminent Apocalypse, once they have surrendered all they have to Our Lady of Mumbles and pledged their loyalty to the Spear of Jehovah.
Suddenly all normal values are distorted. Neither the old nor the young are safe. Young women are missing and bodies are found in the earthly paradise of the Penllergare Estate. There are symbols and portents everywhere, belief in reincarnation is common, angels are seen, and rats are swarm through the graveyard. Evil prospers,
Are these really the Last Days?
At this time, when happiness is denied and love is punished, Inspector Rumsey Bucke uncovers murder, suicide and dark family secrets. His own relationship with Constance is questioned by a reporter determined to ruin Bucke’s career and happiness.
No one is safe.
Two resourceful women give Bucke the support and strength he needs to uncover a web of abuse and murder. But it is a dangerous time to be a woman, and as time runs out, he realises that those who he cares most about are in mortal danger. Can he save them before the Church of Our Lady of Mumbles eats itself?
There are two presentations that serve as an introduction to the novel on my Youtube channel. Click on the links to see them.
Here is the first
This is the second
If you would like to get a flavour of the book, then I have posted on YouTube examples from the text which I am reading set against a series of images that relate to the book. Click on the image to listen to these extracts, all of which are a little over six minutes long.
Published by Cambria Books. Paperback. 350 pages rrp £14.99.
ISBN 978 1 8380752 9 3
Please note: The book is the second in the series of novels but can be read as a stand – alone piece. The first novel is In Knives We Trust.
Review September 2021
Just finished Geoff Brookes’ ‘Our Lady of Mumbles’, the second in his three book series of Inspector Rumsey Bucke novels.
A decent man in the depraved world of late Victorian Swansea, Bucke teams up with a piano teacher to uncover the nefarious dealings of a fraudulent religious cult.
There is plenty of authentic period detail, convincing dialogue and strong characterisation as the action gathers pace impressively to a highly dramatic finale. I found myself racing to the end and, as you should do with any masterful genre novel, waiting impatiently for the next in the series.
One of the most impressive features of this book is the impeccably researched detail – of police procedure, the geography of the town and the quasi-religious discourse of the antagonist Father Milo. But ‘Our Lady of Mumbles’ is much better than simply a piece of history with a melodramatic plot; it’s a clever, engaging and thrilling detective novel. Very highly recommended.