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A Rare Interest in Corpses [Hardcover]

Ann Granger
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1 May 2006
This is a gripping Victorian crime novel set in the heart of London from a highly respected author. It is 1864 when Lizzie Martin takes up the post of companion to a wealthy widow who is also a slum landlord. Lizzie is intrigued to learn that her predecessor as companion disappeared, supposedly having run off with an unknown man. But when the girl's body is found in the rubble of one of the recently demolished slums around the prestigious new railway station at St Pancras, Lizzie begins to wonder exactly what has been going on. She has re-made the acquaintance of a childhood friend, now Inspector Benjamin Ross, and with his help starts to investigate, risking her life to unearth the truth about the death of a girl whose fate seems interlinked with her own.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Headline Book Publishing (1 May 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0755320425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0755320424
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 15.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,567,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Ann Granger has lived in cities all over the world, since for many years she worked for the Foreign Office and received postings to British embassies as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. She is married, with two sons, and she and her husband, who also worked for the Foreign Office, are now permanently based in Oxfordshire.

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The gripping first novel in Ann Granger's stunning historical crime series set in the heart of Victorian London

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About the Author

Ann Granger has worked in British embassies in various parts of the world. She met her husband, who was also working for the British Embassy, in Prague and together they received postings to places as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. They are now permanently based in Oxfordshire.

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39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracker of a read! 21 July 2006
Format:Hardcover
I enjoyed Ann Granger's new offering very much. I was, at first, hesitant about the story being set in Victorian times but am now a complete convert and was very reluctant to leave 1864 as the book was coming to an end. The action starts immediately when we meet Lizzie Martin who arrives in London from Derbyshire to become companion to her late godfather's wealthy widow, Mrs Parry. Lizzie becomes entangled in the mystery of her predecessor's kidnap and murder. She meets again a figure from her past who also is involved in the investigation of the murder of Madeleine Hexham. Lizzie's feisty spirit is a joy to see in an era where repression of womankind is the norm and helps her through the many twists, turns, and characters she encounters till the identity of the murderer is finally uncovered. Ann Granger's excellent atmospheric descriptions take the reader on a unique journey in time to a London during Queen Victoria's reign in 1864, from the slums to the wealthy neighbourhoods, to the social and economical disparities of the class system, and the way people lived in those days in very basic circumstances and without modern conveniences. I found this a fascinating read. Well done M/s Granger!
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22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A repeat. 10 Dec 2007
By Jane Baker VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Why are good books which sell well being re-released under different titles, thus deceiving readers/fans?

This is Rare Interest in corpses re-titled. This is unfair to Anne Perry's readers. I can't believe this is what she wants either.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Companion is A Rare Interest In Corpses 27 July 2007
Format:Hardcover
Be warned readers. This is the American name for a Rare Interest in Corpses. Make sure you do not buy two!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Companion 23 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
The Companion has also been released as A Rare Interest In Corpses which can be misleading
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the series 27 Dec 2013
By F Hardy
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I'd read one of the later books without realising it was part of a series, so I was keen to read the first book. They can be read out of order, but A rare interest in corpses sets the scene very well for the later novels. I like the way Lizzie is portrayed as an independent minded woman who has to make her own way in life,however the author doesn't make the mistake of putting a modern character in the past and expecting it to be convincing. Lizzie still has to conform to the conventions of the Victorian era.
The plot is well thought out, and for me, the identity of the murderer came as a surprise. As as often the case with the first in the series, though, there was a lot about the earlier life of the characters, which although necessary, for me slowed the pace quite a bit.A great read, and if you like murder mysteries and are interested in history, give this a try.
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