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Clemency Shaw, the wife of a prominent doctor, has died in a tragic fire in the peaceful suburb of Highgate. But the blaze was set by an arsonist, and it is unclear whether she or Dr. Shaw was the intended victim--or did the doctor himself set the blaze in order to inherit his wife's large fortune? Baffled by the scarcity of clues in this terrible crime, Inspector Thomas Pitt turns to the people who had been closest to the couple--Clemency's stuffy but distinguished relatives. Meanwhile, Pitt's wellborn wife, Charlotte, retraces the dangerous path that Clemency walked in the last months of her life, finding herself enmeshed in a sinister web that stretches from the lowest slums to the loftiest centers of power.
Anne Perryis the bestselling author of two acclaimed series set in Victorian England: the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt novels, includingDeath on BlackheathandMidnight at Marble Arch, andthe William Monk novels, includingBlood on the WaterandBlind Justice. She is also the author of a series of five World War I novels, as well as twelve holiday novels, most recentlyA New York Christmas, and a historical novel, The Sheen on the Silk, set in the Ottoman Empire. Anne Perry lives in Los Angeles and Scotland."
When it comes to the Victorian mystery, Anne Perry has proved that nobody does it better. The San Diego Union-Tribune Give her a good murder and a shameful social evil, and Anne Perry can write a Victorian mystery that would make Dickens s eyes pop. The New York Times Book Review Perry gets the Victorian mood just right. . . . Settle in with this one on a rainy day. Booklist Descriptions of London s Upstairs/Downstairs society [are] historically illuminating. St. Petersburg Times Rounded out by a host of lively characters, this is a memorable tale. Publishers Weekly"