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Set in London in the summer of 1835, Redmond’s appealing sequel to 2018’s A Tale of Two Murders finds journalist Charles Dickens looking forward to his wedding to Kate Hogarth. Realizing that he has not seen his upstairs neighbor, Miss Haverstock, in several days, Charles takes Kate for a visit. In her rooms, the couple discover the elderly spinster murdered. Two convicts have recently escaped from a nearby prison, and the neighborhood has suffered a rash of burglaries, leading Charles to suspect a fairly routine crime. Kate insists that the staging of the body—Miss Haverstock is wearing a yellowed wedding gown and a corkscrew is buried in her neck—indicates a complex personal motive instead.
Publishers Weekly - 2019