Crooked Lane Books
On Sale: January 8, 2019
Featuring: Sarah Bain; Lord Hugh Staunton; Mick O’Reilly
Hardcover / e-Book
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From award-winning author Laura Joh Rowland, a story
about the darkness that lurks within and the deadly secrets
that beg to be revealed.
,i>Intrepid photographer Sarah Bain and her motley crew of
friends are back to hunt criminals in the dark, seedy
underbelly of Victorian London, but little do they know, the
darkness may lurk closer than they first divined.
Photographer Sarah Bain and her friends Lord Hugh Staunton
and sometime street urchin Mick O’Reilly are private
detectives with a new gig—photographing crime scenes for
London’s Daily World newspaper. The Daily World is the
latest business venture of their sole client, Sir Gerald
Mariner, a fabulously wealthy and powerful banker.
One cold, snowy January morning, Sarah, Hugh, and Mick are
summoned to the goriest crime scene they’ve ever
encountered. A pub owner named Harry Warbrick has been found
hanged and decapitated amid evidence of foul play. His
murder becomes a sensation because he was England’s top
hangman and he’s met the same fate that he inflicted on
hundreds of criminals.
Sir Gerald announces that the Daily World—meaning Sarah and
her friends—will investigate and solve Harry Warbrick’s
murder before the police do. The contest pits Sarah against
the man she loves, Police Constable Barrett. She and her
friends discover a connection between Harry Warbrick’s
murder and the most notorious criminal he ever
executed—Amelia Carlisle, the “Baby-Butcher,” who murdered
hundreds of infants placed in her care.
Something happened at Amelia’s execution. The Official
Secrets Act forbids the seven witnesses present to divulge
any information about it. But Harry had a bad habit of
leaking tips to the press. Sarah and her friends suspect
that one of the other witnesses killed Harry to prevent him
from revealing a secret related to the execution. What is
the secret, and who hanged the hangman?
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