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by Headline, 30 June 2016. ISBN
Deptford functions almost as a character in the book
as its teeming streets and constant smells from the river establish the
atmosphere; to add to the picture there is a peasouper fog during one of the
police visits there.The story is set
(as the description of Deptford suggests) in the Victorian era when the docks
were in full swing.
Ben Ross of Scotland Yard is sent to Deptford on a cold November night to
investigate the body of a well-dressed, middle-aged woman found in a yard.Meanwhile his wife, Lizzie, is trying to help
a friend whose brother has become embroiled with a moneylender.When Lizzie, her friend Patience, and
Patience's brother Edgar Wellings arrive at the moneylenders house, lo and
behold it is the home of the murder victim!
tale moves along at a smart pace while providing very impressive background
information onVictorian London.Peripheral characters like 5 or 6 year old
Sukey, who assists her grandfather, Jeb Fisher (Raggy) in collecting rags from
various households, Charlie Mott, an old sailor who scavenges for cigarette
ends and remembers, as a cabin boy, seeing Napoleon, rat-like Harry Parker, who
discovered the bodyand Britannia
Scroggs, maid to the murdered women certainly lodge in the memory of the
reader.The middle class characters like
Mrs Clifford and Aunt Parry offer equal interest, if they provoke less
Ben manages to sort out the development of events, with some considerable
assistance from Lizzie!
very absorbing read!
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Granger has already written 5 books in the Ross series. She also writes the Mitchell
and Markby series, the Fran Varady series and the Campbell and Carter crime
novels, all with contemporary settings.
Ann Granger has worked in British
embassies around the world. She met her husband, who was also working for the
British Embassy, in Prague, and together they
received postings to places as far apart as Munich
and Lusaka. She
is the author of the Mitchell and Markby Mysteries, the Fran Varady series and
more recently the Lizzie Martin mystery series. She lives in Bicester, near
Jennifer S PalmerThroughout my reading life crime fiction has been
a constant interest; I really enjoyed my 15 years as an expatriate in the Far
East, the Netherlands &
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.