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on 2 July 2013
Detective Sergeant Best works for the Metropolitan Police. When a canal boat explodes on the canal through Regent's Park in 1874 killing and injuring several people Best finds himself trying to identify bodies including that of a young woman. Making enquiries he comes across the feisty Helen - sister of one of the missing young women who might possibly be the body in the mortuary.
This is an interesting Victorian mystery story, well written and well researched. I introduces the interesting, half Italian Best with his sad history and the up and coming Detective Constable Smith. It is a complex plot with some interesting diversions including a glimpse into several of the different groups in London at the time - artists - including Laurence Alma-Tadema - whose house is damaged by the explosion on the canal.
If you like your mysteries with a historical background then give this series a try. I hope we will be seeing the rest of the volumes in the series as e-books before too long.