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A Heloise Chancey Mystery. Published 1st August 2017

London, 1863: prostitutes in the Waterloo area are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim. 

The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective, Heloise Chancey, to investigate. 

With the assistance of her trusty Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen, Heloise inches closer to the truth. But when Amah is implicated in the brutal plot, Heloise must reconsider who she can trust, before the killer strikes again.

Longlisted for the CWA Debut Dagger 

"An intelligent and intriguing crime novel set in the heart of Victorian London. Its atmospheric and twisting narrative had me hooked." Sarah Ward

"A gripping and refreshingly different historical crime novel." Angela Buckley

"A tantalising mystery ... it draws you in and transports you back to days long gone. Heloise and her maid, Amah Li Leen, are a force to be reckoned with." Wendy Jones, author of the bestselling DI Shona McKenzie Mysteries