The first in a charming, evocative, and sharply plotted Victorian crime series starring a detective duo to rival Holmes and Watson.
After her father dies, March Middleton has to move to London to live with her guardian, Sidney Grice, the country's most famous private detective. It is 1882, and London is at its murkiest yet most vibrant, wealthiest yet most poverty-stricken. No sooner does March arrive than a case presents itself: A young woman has been brutally murdered, and her husband is the only suspect. The victim's mother is convinced of her son-in-law's innocence, and March is so touched by her pleas she offers to cover Sidney's fee herself.
The investigation leads the pair to the darkest alleys of the East End, and every twist leads Sidney Grice to think his client is guilty. But March is convinced he is innocent. Around them London reeks with the stench of poverty and gossip, the case threatens to boil over into civil unrest, and Sidney Grice finds his reputation is not the only thing in mortal danger.
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A New Favorite Author --Hope this becomes a series
March Middleton makes this book. She is intelligent and naive at the same time. The relationship with her guardian makes this a duo you want to hear more from.
That even the best intentions are not a substitute for experience or a cunning understanding of character of 19th century Londoners.
This is my first time listening to Lindy Nettleton. Now, I will make it a point to look for more books narrated by Lindy.
There are moments when you find you are smiling to yourself because you can relate to the situation or the emotion March is experiencing.