London Dust, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (1 rating)


A young woman, Natalie Meadows, jumps from Blackfriars Bridge, escaping from the horror she has just witnessed. But she is rescued and feels duty-bound to find out who murdered her best friend, the music hall star Nellie Warwick, and why.

Natalie reinvents herself as Flora Thorne and finds a position as housemaid to the Reverend Wallace and his daughter. From the sanctuary of their home, she is able to investigate the circumstances of Nellie's murder. What she uncovers is a conspiracy of silence and corruption, and of unscrupulous men preying on women like herself and Nellie. Her attempts to unmask the killer and to bring him to justice exact a heavy price on Natalie.

LONDON DUST is a powerful evocation of the underbelly of Victorian London, full of flavour, completely convincing and utterly gripping.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cornerstone
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780099439998



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This story starts out with a woman throwing herself into the Thames. Natalie Meadows was a friend of Ellen Warwick, who is now dead, and Natalie is a major suspect. Dying is a good way of getting away from the blame while giving her time to investigate the murder. She finds that Ellen had a lot of secrets and that the murderer is still out there, still trying to cover his trail.Not as satisfying as his other mysteries, this did keep me guessing throughout about who did it and the why of what they did. Interesting but not quite enough. As a first novel it's not bad but in comparison to some of his later works not quite good enough.