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Publisher's Summary

London, 1758. Beatrice Scarlet has returned to London and found work at St Mary Magdalene's Refuge for fallen women. Beatrice enjoys the work and her apothecary skills are much needed. But when 12 girls sent to a factory in Clerkenwell disappear, Beatrice is uneasy. Their would-be benefactor claims they were witches, sacrificed by Satan for his demonic misdeeds. But Beatrice is sure something much darker than witchcraft is at play....
©2017 Graham Masterton (P)2017 W.F. Howes Ltd
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Critic Reviews

"Fun, fresh and intriguing." ( The Bookseller, on Scarlet Widow)
"I love Beatrice - she's like an 18th-century Miss Marple." ( The Book Magnet)
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5 out of 5 stars
By Pearl on 03-25-18

Absolutely Brilliant, and the language...

Graham Masterton, is a masterful and consummate storyteller, and I have been a fan of his for many years. With his descriptions and trueisms of the time period and flawless attention to detail. He brings his characters to life in such a way that you expect them to simply step forth from the pages and play out their preordained roles before your very eyes. Truly sublime.
The language is delicious and again, flawless which the narrator Emma Gregory, did a magnificent job of, richly envoking each character. It made the story all the more gripping and marvelous for her extraordinary work.
I love the Widow Scarlet, thoroughly enjoyed Book1, but I must say, this one was even better. The horrors of life she had already endured before returning to England (Read Book 1), only made the new terrors and mysteries, she must solve all the more intriguing. She is a remarkable character, able to see beyond human limitations to the circumstances that are endured, in a time when human life was worth so little. Without judgement she seeks only to help and heal, and to use her scientific mind to seek justice for those unable to claim it for themselves.
Not to be missed.


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By Freda on 10-09-17

Victorian Female Solves the Case

Brilliant follow up to the Scarlet Widow - Beatrice Scarlet. Beatrice (the daughter of an apothecary) moved to the colonies (America), 3 years after her husband died and her son goes missing she is asked to leave and taking her daughter they go back to London to work in a refuge for fallen women. She gets caught up in a mystery of 7 missing girls who had been picked to work in a tobacco factory belonging the the benefactor of the refuge She was told that the women they were witches and the devil had spirited them away. She doesn't believe this and begins to investigate using the skills her father taught her before he died and is drawn into a web of murder and depravity. Masterton's depiction of Victorian London makes you glad you never lived in that era and Emma Gregory's brilliant narration brings it all to life.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Kat on 03-20-18

A gripping series with a strong heroine.

I loved the first book and so was keen to hear the second in the series, it did not disappoint.

Subject matter is at times not exactly enjoyable to listen to but gripping and has you on tenterhooks.

I love the strong female character in this series and I always feel like I'm willing Widow Scarlet on.

Very well written and an excellent narrator.

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