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Summary

Maggie Wilson was only 33, but life in the teeming streets of Walworth was not that easy in 1908 - not if you were a widow with four young daughters. It was pretty much a hand-to-mouth existence, and without the lodger Maggie really wouldn't have managed at all.

Constable Harry Bradshaw thought the Wilsons were a gutsy and brave little family - from the youngest and cheekiest, Daisy, up to the elegant Trary, 13 years old and quite the young lady. But the one who won most of his admiration was Maggie herself, fighting her lonely battle against total poverty.

And his fears for her concerned more than just their lack of money. For a murderer was loose in South London - a rather sinister strangler who obviously knew the local streets and alleys very well indeed. A full-scale investigation was put in hand, and Harry was told, in particular, to inquire into any new lodgers who had moved into the district. And there was something very peculiar indeed about Maggie Wilson's lodger.

©2011 Mary Jane Staples (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

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This was so nearly very good. The story of the people caught up in the hunt for a killer is fine but there’s a red herring that just gets sorted and never mentioned again, a deus ex machina plot device which allows for happily ever after and a 16 year old boy dating a 13 year old who sounds about 20. The author goes out of their way to tell us this is not a sexual relationship but the male character is so cocksure and annoying that I wasn’t sure he wasn’t the one killing women. The two adult relationships, in contrast, are rather charming. It’s all just a bit disjointed.

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