Two for Sorrow, Paperback Book
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London, 1903. Two women are hanged in Holloway Prison for killing babies.

More than thirty years later, Josephine Tey sets out to write a novel about Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious Finchley baby farmers.

Meanwhile, her friend, Inspector Archie Penrose is investigating the sadistic murder of a young seamstress, found dead in the Motley sisters' studio, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala.

The girl's death seems to be the result of a long-standing domestic feud, but Archie is unconvinced; and when a second young woman is involved in an horrific accident soon afterwards, the search begins for a vicious killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past where it belongs.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780571246359

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I had read and enjoyed the first two books in the series but I must say I struggled with this one. Although the plot isn't that complicated it does seem to have too many elements to make a coherent story and Josephine Tey, the protagonist, isn't directly involved in all of them. While I understand that the real Josephine Tey (Elizabeth Mackintosh) may have had relationships with women, I found the lesbian sub-plot with Marta (who reappears rather suddenly from an earlier book) difficult to believe in following the developing relationship between Josephine and policeman Archie Penrose.Not sure I'll bother with any more books in this series.

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