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A gripping historical crime debut from an exciting new voice.

‘It’s strange, the way fortune deals her hand.’

The year is 1759, and London is shrouded in a cloak of fear. With the constables at the mercy of highwaymen, it’s a perilous time to work the already dangerous streets of Soho. Lizzie Hardwicke makes her living as a prostitute, somewhat protected from the fray as one of Mrs Farley’s girls. But then one of her wealthy customers is found brutally murdered...and Lizzie was the last person to see him alive.

Constable William Davenport has no hard evidence against Lizzie, but his presence and questions make life increasingly difficult. Desperate to be rid of him and prove her innocence, Lizzie turns amateur detective, determined to find the true killer, whatever the cost.

Yet as the body count rises, Lizzie realises that, just like her, everyone has a secret they will do almost anything to keep buried.... 

©2019 Georgina Clarke (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

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A good listen

A thoroughly satisfying read, attractive, likeable characters,
I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.

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A funny, suspenseful, well-observed detective yarn

This is an enjoyable and irreverent detective story set in 18th century London, which clearly revels in its setting but doesn't shrink from the moral and social issues which it implies. The well-drawn characters include the very people who are often consigned to the background in stories about this period - prostitutes, the poor, the working class etc. and as one would hope and expect, the female characters are rendered with particular insight and attention to the detail of their lives. The book is discreetly but firmly feminist, without resorting to anachronism. And the detective story at the heart of it is engaging and interesting, centred around a relationship between principal character Lizzie Hardwick and agent of the Magistrate Mr Davenport which is always believable and often rather moving. Mostly well-narrated, with just a few jarring slips of intonation and pronunciation. Definitely worth your time

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Brilliant to find such a wonderful new author

I didn't have many expectations of this book when I bought it, but I am really pleased that I took the plunge. Brilliant characters, brilliant story, super narration! I am now eagerly awaiting the Audible version of the second in the series

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fantastic new series!!

A brilliant piece of writing from Georgina Clarke.
An unlikely partnership between a bow street runner and a prostitute is needed to find a cold blooded murderer. Lizzie is a sharp witted, sassy heroine who has no difficulty in jumping into the fray in order to find justice for her friend. Constable William Davenport plays Watson to her Holmes and comes in handy when some brawn is needed. He's an astute and likeable character. He also has tragedy in his past which instantly evokes sympathy for him. I loved how his friendship with Lizzie developed in this book and I can't wait to see how it evolves as the series progresses.

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Absolutely brilliant!

I loved this. It has a clever, engaging plot with genuinely likeable characters. The performance of it was perfect. I couldn't stop listening, and now I can't wait to get listening to the next one in the series!

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Wow! Fabulous book from start to finish!

I have listened to many books on Audible, but I can honestly say this is one of the BEST credits I have ever spent!!

The story runs at a fabulous pace from start to finish and I was genuinely left still guessing the villain, all the way up until they were revealed!

The author Georgina Clarke, delivers a great murder mystery from a completely new angle and the heroine is without doubt the best “leading lady” I have ever encountered in a book.

I rarely write an actual review and never one this long! Lol but I genuinely can not recommend this book enough!

The cherry on the cake has also to be, the narrator Claire Trusson, who I’ve just listened to for the very first time, she breathed life in to every single character so superbly, that I became totally absorbed into every believable person she voiced.

It’s 3am! And I’m giving up sleep to leap straight into the second book. If it’s anything like this one, I will be gutted when it comes to an end, as so far I can only see two books in the series.

Please, please Ms Clarke, keep writing!! I believe you have created only the beginning of what could be a fabulous series of books to come!!

Guys, just spend that credit now! You will genuinely be chuffed that you did!

Book two....here I come ;-)



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good story, narration could be improved

I really enjoyed the story - it's absorbing and light-hearted. However, I found the narrator irritating and I took a while to get used to her. While her voice is pleasant, she employs too much intonation, with the stress usually on the wrong words. I look forward to listening to the second book, and I hope that the change of narrator is an improvement.

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  • 18-01-20

Guff

Predictable chick-lit with dated gender stereotyping made ‘acceptable’ through a quasi-historical format. The plot was randomly pock-marked with so many ‘twists’ that the writer is clearly motivated by the juvenile concept that size matters. She is sadly mistaken.

The narrator is alright but has an annoying habit of emphasising conjunctions as a way of hiding the ‘breath break’ - she needs to go back to elocution lessons: emphasise words with MEANING not the ones that merely indicate a link between meaning.

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Brilliant book

I loved the book but was disappointed with the narrator. I thoroughly recommend it, nevertheless. Georgia Clarke is a brilliant novelist.

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  • 21-03-21

Mystery and romance in 1750's London

This is an outstanding debut novel, featuring a prostitute and a detective in 1750s London. What an odd couple. The setting is in the seamier parts of London, so it’s gritty but not off-putting.

Recommended for fans of historical mysteries (with just a hint of romance to come.)

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  • Nmac
  • 31-03-20

Most Enjoyable!

Absolutely loved this murder mystery! The characters are so perfectly drawn and the story line keeps you fully engaged!
Narrator brings it all to life! Look forward to reading and listening to the next book in the series! Bravo!