A very Brittish mystery novel by Robert Goddard set in the late 1970's, "Past Caring" tells the story of Martin Redford, a divorced former teacher who's lost his passion for life when an old friend, Alec Fowler, leads him to a job on the island of Madeira where he meets South African Leo Sellick who owns a historic mansion on the island. Sellick has discovered an old manuscript hidden in the mansion by a former owner, Edwin Strafford, who was Home Secretary in the early 1900's and left office suddenly to become the British Consul on Madeira. Strafford's history is intriguing, to say the least. He was a rising star in the British cabinet when he left office when he suddenly resigned without a convincing explanation. The manuscript implies that his cabinet colleagues may have been involved in various crimes, including a murder. Eerily, as Redford digs deeper into the story, someone is plotting to stop him. Apparently the scandals from over 60 years ago are a threat to the current heirarchy of power in Britain.
The richly drawn characters in this historical thriller keeps you on the edge of your seat and the threads of those long forgotten intrigues reach forward to threaten Redford. It's one of those stories classically referred to as "a ripping good yarn".
Rainbo Electronic Reviews published this review in our November, 2008 issue.
See our reviews of other works by Robert Goddard that you might enjoy:
In Pale Battalions
by Robert Goddard
Young British Lt. Tom Franklin managed to survive the carnage of World War I, and when he comes home, he decides to visit the the family of his captain who was killed in action…[more]
See our current Fiction reviews.