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 had 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 416 pages
- Publisher: Headline Publishing Group
- Publication Date: 06/11/2006
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780755320448
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Review by riverwillow
This is the first book in the Lizzie Martin series. Set in mid-Victorian London with its dense fogs, Peelers and constant redevelopment, Lizze Martin gets drawn into a murder mystery on her arrival in the capital. An old acquaintance from Derbyshire, Inspector Benjamin Ross, is leading the investigation into the murder of her predecessor as companion to Mrs Parry. This is an interesting read, and quite evocative of mid-Victorian London although I spotted the murderer quite early on in the book.