Crooked Lane Books
On Sale: December 11, 2018
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A photographer in 1889 London, Miss Sarah Bain runs a
private detective agency with her friends, Lord Hugh
Staunton and former street urchin Mick O’Reilly. Their sole
credential is that they solved the Jack the Ripper case, a
secret they can never tell because they did it outside the
boundaries of the law. Their new big case arises when a
wealthy banker, Sir Gerald Mariner, posts a handsome reward
for finding his missing infant. All of London joins in the
search. But Sarah has an advantage—a photograph she took
during a routine surveillance job, which unexpectedly
reveals a clue about the kidnapping.
After Sir Gerald
hires Sarah, Hugh, and Mick to find his son, they move into
his opulent mansion and discover a photograph of baby Robin.
It eerily resembles postmortem photographs taken of deceased
children posed to look as if they’re alive. Was the
kidnapping real, or a cover-up for a murder? Is the
perpetrator a stranger, or someone inside the troubled
Mariner family? The case hits close to home for Sarah as it
intertwines with her search for her father, who disappeared
after he became the prime suspect in a murder twenty-three
years ago. She finds herself on the wrong side of the law,
which threatens her budding romance with Police Constable
Barrett. But Sarah must uncover the truth about Robin’s
kidnapping, and her own family, before her past catches up
to her in A Mortal Likeness, the gripping follow-up
to award-winning author Laura Joh Rowland’s The Ripper’s
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