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The Falls (Rebus 12)

The Falls (Rebus 12)

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2000s: Edinburgh is  a popular town for students – until one goes missing, presumed dead

  • ISBN: 978-0752883649
  • Genre: Crime

What you need to know before your trail

John Rebus is convinced that a missing university student in Edinburgh Philippa Balfour is dead and that she has been taken by a serial killer who appears to be leaving miniature coffins near the homes or places connected to the victim. One has just been found near the Balfour family home and it’s not the first…

Then Rebus gets an email. Someone calling themselves The Quiz Master taunts the police into joining in a strange kind of scavenger hunt that might lead them to Philippa’s body and to her killer. But it might also be a trap…

Travel Guide

Edinburgh Rebus style is a maze of streets, alleyways and cobbled lanes. It’s also the place to be if you’re a student with the city hosting three universities and many colleges.

There’s a new boss in town, Gill Templer, who is annoying Rebus in more ways than one. No he does not want to see a doctor thank you very much. Rebus however knows the city like the back of his hand and believes that there are striking similarities between cold cases in the city. So his investigations take him back to old haunts and old cases, old streets.

And the oldest sign of the city itself -the well admired and historical museum which starts Rebus on the trail of the old Edinburgh the Edinburgh of death and destruction and mysteries that date back to 1836. The minature coffins were inspired by a real tale in 1837 when 17 of them were found in a cave on Arthur’s Seat. You can still see them now in the National Museum of Scotland

Contrast that Edinburgh with the dangers of modern day internet role plays and this is one city, with a shocking secret at its core.

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Edinburgh : Arthur's Seat - where the coffins were found
Edinburgh : Greyfriars Bobby

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