NICK RENNISON enjoys a lurid tale of treasure hunting, murder and mayhem set in 19th-century England
Diligence Matheson is a rich Canadian, more interested in biblical archaeology than he is in the family business. At the end of a jaunt around Europe, he arrives in Lincolnshire where he thinks a treasure might lie. According to legend, Simon the Zealot, one of the more obscure of Christ’s apostles, travelled to Britain and was martyred there. His bones, Matheson firmly believes, are buried somewhere in the Lincolnshire earth. The Canadian is determined to be the man who wins the glory of discovering them.
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