It is 1834, and the town of Bellminster is thrown into the turmoil of a by-election for Parliament. Reverend Tuckworth tries to stay away from it all, but when a political rally turns deadly, the town turns to Tuckworth in hopes of staunching the blood on the streets. Soon the situation grows more dire when someone in Bellminster sees the chaos as an opportunity for murder. Yet as Tuckworth investigates, what can he accomplish when even his oldest friend questions his motives and wonders which candidate the dean is working for? With a vibrant Victorian setting and fine attention to detail, The Devil's Game sets David Holland among the front ranks of historical mystery writers.