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The first novel in the gripping Georgian mystery series chronicling the adventures of amateur sleuth Robert Fairfax. A must-read for fans of historical crime fiction.
1760. Seductive Lucy Dove is the toast of London’s Covent Garden stage. Troublesome young Matthew Hemsley – pupil of Robert Fairfax, private tutor and amateur sleuth – is not the first to be smitten by her.
Fairfax has strict orders from Matthew’s wealthy father to make sure the young man behaves on his first visit to the capital. But the task proves difficult when Matthew falls in with rakish company, bringing him ever closer to Lucy.
So when Lucy is found strangled, with a dazed Matthew on her doorstep – unable to remember what he has done, Fairfax must find a way to prove his pupil’s innocence or, in the face of damning evidence, Matthew will hang…

Reviews

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
Excellent
Sunday Telegraph