London, 1903. Two women are hanged in Holloway Prison for killing babies. More than thirty years later, Josephine Tey sets out to write a novel about Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious Finchley baby farmers. Meanwhile, her friend, Inspector Archie Penrose is investigating the sadistic murder of a young seamstress, found dead in the Motley sisters’ studio, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala. The girl’s death seems to be the result of a long-standing domestic feud, but Archie is unconvinced; and when a second young woman is involved in an horrific accident soon afterwards, the search begins for a vicious killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past where it belongs.
This is book three in the Josephine Tey series, and the second book I have read by Nicola. I found it an ok read. Some parts I felt were a bit too gruesome for my liking Nicola has done her research extremely well and it is shown through out the pages. Between all the history there is the mystery and all the people that make up this story. I guessed the murderer very early on which was a bit of a disappointment for me, and I feel as though some parts of the book were pointless and didn’t need to be added. It was just like a filler. The actual main story was good and what it was about interested me though.
I received an ARC copy of this book for an honest review.
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