mangle street murdersGower Street, London, 1882:

Sidney Grice, London’s most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. He drains his fifth pot of morning tea, and glances outside, where a young, plain woman picks her way between the piles of horse-dung towards his front door. Sidney Grice shudders. For heaven’s sake – she is wearing brown shoes.

March Middleton is Sidney Grice’s ward, and she is determined to help on his next case. Her guardian thinks women are too feeble for detective work, but when a grisly murder in the slums proves too puzzling for even Sidney’s encyclopaedic brain, March Middleton turns out to be rather useful after all …

Set between the refined buildings of Victorian Bloomsbury and the stinking streets of London’s East End, The Mangle Street Murders is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.

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