Dead Born

Dead Born : A Detective Sergeant Best Mystery

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PRAISE FOR DEAD IMAGE `A gripping and satisfying murder mystery with an unguessable final twist' Mystery Women PRAISE FOR DEAD BORN `[A] gripping Victorian mystery' Publishers Weekly `Asking an historian to review a historical novel is asking for trouble - but Joan Lock's book is something else. Her knowledge of London and its policing in the 19th century makes this into a very different kind of novel - one with an extremely realistic setting' London Archive Users Forum When the bodies of a number of babies are found scattered around Islington, Detective Sergeant Best is sent undercover to lodge next door to a suspected baby farm. He shadows an alleged 'child dropper' onto a Thames pleasure steamer and finds himself caught up in Britain's worst civilian tragedy - the 1878 sinking of the Princess Alice - a horrific experience which will haunt Best forever. Meanwhile, his determination to avenge the death of a young girl he had befriended and save the life of another becomes a more

Product details

  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 20mm | 280g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0752464566
  • 9780752464565
  • 1,734,423

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"Gripping." "Publishers Weekly""show more

About Joan Lock

Ex-policewoman JOAN LOCK is the author of eight non-fiction books and two crime novels. She has been a regular contributor to the police press and the journal of the Crime Writers' Association. She has also written short stories, radio plays and radio documentaries. She lives in Londonshow more

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15 ratings
3.8 out of 5 stars
5 20% (3)
4 53% (8)
3 13% (2)
2 13% (2)
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Ernest Best is a young widower with a sentimental heart, which along with his dark Mediterranean good looks makes him an unusual character in East End London's police force. This novel is wonderfully written and compelling, with memorable characters who are very much of their time without being cliche. The tragedy of the Woolwich Ferry is poignant without being mawkish, though the author doesn't baulk at describing the worse sides of life in East End London in the 1870's.This includes the casual incompetence of the Victorian police, something Best has to overcome as his moral compass points in the right direction. I thoroughly enjoyed it and will definitely read more books by this more
by Anita Davison
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