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Victorian verisimilitude #2
on 12 July 2012
The second Victorian murder mystery to feature Frances Doughty picks up where 'The Poisonous Seed' left off, with Frances being asked to investigate an incident - the distribution of inflammatory pamphlets - at the Bayswater Academy for Young Ladies. What seems at first to be a straightforward investigation soon becomes entangled with murder, and, once again, Frances finds herself investigating unsolved mysteries, often on the verge of being out of her depth - but never quite so.
Concurrent with all this, Frances and her former maid, now companion, Sarah, move into their new apartment, Frances's business begins to thrive, and Sarah begins to gain a reputation of her own.
Well-written, with a complex, cleverly thought out plot, and a convincing Victorian voice. Recommended.