The Inheritance of Solomon Farthing

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France, 1918. In the final weeks of the First World War, a disparate group of British soldiers shelters in an abandoned farmhouse. To while away the time, they place bets using the few precious objects they still possess. But as the soldiers become more restless awaiting their orders, tensions rise. Then a terrible act is committed that will bind the soldiers together forever.

A century later, an old man dies alone in his Edinburgh nursing home. No known relatives, and no will to enact. Just a pawn ticket found amongst his belongings, and fifty thousand pounds sewn into the lining of his burial suit.

Heir hunter Solomon Farthing, tipped off on this unexplained fortune, sets out to find the dead man's closest living relative for a cut of the cash. But as he trawls through the deceased's family tree, Solomon keeps finding connections to a group of soldiers and a secret they thought would never come to light.....

Mary Paulson-Ellis


510 pages