Paperback: 496 pages
Publisher: Harper Paperbacks (August 9, 2011)
They were the most horrific crimes of a new century: the murders of newborn innocents for which two British women were hanged at Holloway Prison in 1903. Decades later, mystery writer Josephine Tey has decided to write a novel based on Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious “Finchley baby farmers,” unaware that her research will entangle her in the desperate hunt for a modern-day killer.
A young seamstress—an ex-convict determined to reform—has been found brutally slain in the studio of Tey’s friends, the Motley sisters, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala. Despite initial appearances, Inspector Archie Penrose is not convinced this murder is the result of a long-standing domestic feud—and a horrific accident involving a second young woman soon after supports his convictions. Now he and his friend Josephine must unmask a sadistic killer before more blood flows—as the repercussions of unthinkable crimes of the past reach out to destroy those left behind long after justice has been served.
Nicola Upson has written for a variety of publications, including the New Statesman, where she was a crime fiction critic. She also regularly contributes to BBC radio and has worked in the theater for ten years. She divides her time between Cambridge and Cornwall.
Visit Nicola at her website, www.nicolaupson.com.
Nicola’s Tour Stops
Tuesday, August 9: Life In Review
Wednesday, August 10: Unabridged Chick
Thursday, August 11: The Lost Entwife
Friday, August 12: Reviews from the Heart
Wednesday, August 17: Sidewalk Shoes
Friday, August 19: Rundpinne
Tuesday, August 23: Wordsmithonia
Wednesday, August 24: Reading, Reading, and Life
Thursday, August 25: Colloquium – author guest post
Friday, August 26: Lesa’s Book Critiques
Saturday, August 27: Colloquium
Monday, August 29th: Life with Karen
Sunday, September 25th: That’s Swell! – review
Monday, September 26th: That’s Swell! – interview