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by Severn House 31 May 2016. ISBN 978-0-7278-8622-4
Immediately this book begins the
reader is taken straight into that fascinating era just before the 1914
war.The waning Edwardian era we might
call it, though the ephemeral nature of their world was not clear to those who
lived through it.In the London of 1912
government minister Edmund Latimer is embroiled in the efforts to put the Irish
Home Rule bill through Parliament.He is
preoccupied with his own activities as those in his household pursue
theirs.His household comprises his
wife, Alice, who works as a doctor in a free clinic in Spitalfields and his
married sister, Violet, her husband and their seven month old baby, Lucy.They are looked after by several servants
with Violet, in the upper class habit of the day, experiencing the company of
her baby for very limited periods of the day.
is upset when the baby, Lucy, is kidnapped.Gradually Alice appreciates that her knowledge of her husband's
proclivities is extremely limited.Meanwhile detective Inspector Gaines and detective sergeant Inskip are
trying to identify a man found stabbed in a cab.They are also the police detectives sent to
investigate the kidnapping so they are forced to pursue these two cases in
enjoyed the contrasting settings of the book - from the comfort of Manessa
House, near Hyde Park to the slum conditions of the East End.The complex hierarchical society of the
period with the stark contrasts between Haves and Have-nots is also clearly
illustrated.The story is carefully
woven around believable characters and reaches a somewhat surprising climax.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
is a very experienced writer - she has written the modern Inspector Mayo series
and a number of historical crime books.
Marjorie Eccles was born in Yorkshire and spent much of her childhood there and on
the Northumbrian coast. The author of more than twenty books and short stories,
she is the recipient of the Agatha Christie Short Story Styles Award. Her books
featuring police detective Gil Mayo were adapted for the BBC. She lives in
Jennifer PalmerThroughout my reading life crime fiction has been
a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far
East, the Netherlands &
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.