Murder always sells. But when a series of dark and puzzling crimes takes place in seventeenth-century London, will printer’s apprentice Lucy Campion be publishing the news – or starring in it? London, 1667. Printer’s apprentice Lucy Campion is unsettled when, on a frozen December morning after church, an elderly woman dressed in mourning clothes whispers an ominous warning in her ear. Lucy sternly tells herself it’s nonsense, but then her much-loved former master, Magistrate Hargrave, is viciously attacked with a brass hourglass during a break-in. But what exactly was the intruder searching for? And why did they first stop to steal a piece of Cook’s lamb and lentil pie? The puzzling case is just the start of a series of dark, bizarre crimes. Lucy’s determined to uncover the truth and see that justice is done. But someone is equally determined to stop her – whatever it takes. This page-turning historical mystery set in Restoration London is a great choice for readers who like their heroines lively, their mysteries twisty and their historical settings brimming with authenticity.
Nominated for a Lefty for Best Historical Mystery!
“Calkins makes her lead’s sleuthing plausible while playing scrupulously fair with readers, few of whom will identify the murderer before Lucy does. This series keeps getting better.” – Publishers Weekly
“…the story is packed with intriguing historical details, which ably support a clever plot and a captivating heroine. Another winning entry in Calkins’ popular series.” – Booklist
“ Unraveling the tangled skein of murders old and new, theft, deception, and corruption is a hefty order but not beyond the ability of Calkins’ resourceful heroine. Creepy and ingenious.” – Kirkus
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