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They were the most horrific crimes of a new century: the murders of newborn innocents for which two British women were hanged at Holloway Prison in1903. Decades later, mystery writer Josephine Tey has decided to write a novel based on Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious “Finchley baby farmers,” unaware that her research will entangle her in the desperate hunt for a modern-day killer.
A young seamstress—an ex-convict determined to reform—has been found brutally slain in the studio of Tey’s friends, the Motley sisters, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala. Despite initial appearances, Inspector Archie Penrose is not convinced this murder is the result of a long-standing domestic feud—and a horrific accident involving a second young woman soon after supports his convictions. Now he and his friend Josephine must unmask a sadistic killer before more blood flows—as the repercussions of unthinkable crimes of the past reach out to destroy those left behind long after justice has been served.
This book deals with a great many issues that were significant at the time (and remain significant.
Too many confusing allusions to a previous story that made this one a little too wobbly to stand alone.
Also, if you are going understand some of what is going on here, start the series with the first book.
I grabbed this on a whim, having no prior knowledge of the series or Josephine Tey (I intend to correct this oversight shortly). Read morePublished 2 months ago by Lady O
I've started reading a Nicola Upson novel before and abandoned it, because I wasn't into the whole theater society of the 1930s in England, but the blurb on the back of this one... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Danielle N. Hart
Somebody needed an editor. Couldn't keep track of the characters. Too many confusing allusions to a previous story that made this one a little too wobbly to stand alone.Published 9 months ago by JJBBone
The third book in the Josephine Tey series has the main character, Josephine, a fictionalized version of the real mystery writer, on a research trip for a historical book. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michelle Boytim
A real disappointment, after the previous captivating books in the series. Weak mystery, slow to start, relies heavily on plot of a previous book (which I read, but have... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Discriminating Reader
The story of the baby farming issue in England is told very well and held my interest throughout the book. Read morePublished 21 months ago by elly
I enjoyed the first two books in this series well enough (the first one more than the second). But this book has far too little plot to justify its 400+ pages. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Ms. Lavish
I enjoyed the first 2 books in this series and the plot of this one concerning women's prisons is interesting, but the side plot involving the melodramatic affair of Josephine and... Read morePublished on October 22, 2011 by mellu
josephine tey and nicola upson make a winning duo.this historical mystery has a great deal of depth.it grabbed my attention and held it until the end.Published on October 2, 2011 by L.I. LINDA