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The fifth novel in the gripping Georgian mystery series chronicling the adventures of Robert Fairfax. A must-read for fans of historical crime fiction.
To Bath in its Georgian heyday come colourful visitors – the grand, fortune hunters, heiresses, invalids and imposters. Among them is Colonel Sir James Delabole – wealthy, gouty and seeking to make amends for a disreputable past.
When flamboyant Sir James is found poisoned, Robert Fairfax, tutor and amateur sleuth, discovers there is no shortage of suspects. To investigate, Fairfax must enter a murky world of greed, scandal and deception, and he soon finds that the elegant spa is not such a healthy place to be…


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