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The third novel in the gripping Georgian mystery series chronicling the adventures of Robert Fairfax. A must-read for fans of historical crime fiction.

Engaged as tutor to the children of a wealthy and ambitious sugar merchant, Samuel Appleton, Robert Fairfax soon finds that his employer has work of a more delicate nature for him to do. Appleton’s beautiful daughter, Charlotte, has made a very good marriage to the rakish and aristocratic Lord Mortlock – but all is not well.
Urged to investigate discreetly, Fairfax finds evidence of gambling debts, love affairs – and intrigue. When Lord Mortlock is found murdered in his bed, Fairfax must find the truth behind an elegant facade of lies and unmask an evil killer…


A felicitously realised Georgian mystery, and setting a detective novel in the age of Moll Flanders is a masterstroke... exuberant
The Times
Clever and accomplished...witty and convincing
Scotland on Sunday
A gloriously rich tale of London at its grandest and seamiest, well told, at a cracking pace
Newcastle upon Tyne Evening Chronicle
Sunday Telegraph