In this latest reimagining of Dickens as an amateur sleuth, Charles is tossed into Newgate Prison on a murder charge, and his fiancée Kate Hogarth must clear his name . . .
London, January 1836: Just weeks before the release of his first book, Charles is intrigued by an invitation to join the exclusive Lightning Club. But his initiation in a basement maze takes a wicked turn when he stumbles upon the corpse of Samuel Pickwick, the club’s president. With the victim’s blood literally on his hands, Charles is locked away in notorious Newgate Prison.
Now it’s up to Kate to keep her framed fiancé from the hangman’s noose. To solve this labyrinthine mystery, she is forced to puzzle her way through a fiendish series of baffling riddles sent to her in anonymous poison pen letters. With the help of family and friends, she must keep her wits about her to corner the real killer—before time runs out and Charles Dickens meets a dead end . . .More info →
Harrow-on-the-Hill, March 1836: In a sense, orphans Ollie, John, and Arthur have always been treasure hunters. The mudlarks have gone from a hardscrabble life scavenging the banks of the Thames for bits and bobs to becoming students at a boarding school outside of London, thanks to the kind and generous intercession of Charles Dickens. But now they’re missing—as is, apparently, a treasure map.
When Charles arrives at the school, he’s hit with another twist—the servant girl who was allegedly in possession of the map has been strangled in the icehouse. Unbeknownst to them on their spirited adventure, his young friends may be in mortal danger. Now Charles and his fiancée Kate Hogarth, who has come to join him in the search for the runaways, must artfully dodge false leads and red herrings to find the boys and the map—before X marks the spot of their graves . . .More info →
“Redmond deftly transforms a young Charles Dickens and his future wife, Kate Hogarth, into Victorian sleuths in this first installment of a new series. With meticulous attention to historical details and the known elements of Dickens’s life, A Tale of Two Murders unfolds a complex mystery that cunningly explores how Dickens might have been inspired to write the plot of his most well-known book, A Tale of Two Cities. Sharp, incisive, and delightfully twisty. I’m sure I won’t be the only reader exclaiming, ‘What the Dickens?!’” – Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby MysteriesMore info →
Charles Dickens und seine Verlobte ermitteln wieder im viktorianischen London
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London, im Juni 1835: Charles Dickens und Kate Hogarth haben sich verlobt, doch ihr Glück wird von einem grausigen Fund in Charles’ Nachbarwohnung überschattet: Die alleinstehende Miss Haverstock wurde ermordet und ihre Leiche wie auf einer Theaterbühne zur Schau gestellt. Charles vermutet, dass ein vor kurzem entflohener Häftling dahintersteckt. Der Täter scheint damit gefunden, doch in einem weiteren Fall treffen Kate und Charles auf Miss Havenstocks verschlossene Pflegetochter. Kann es sein, dass am Ende alle Fäden doch wieder zu der alten Dame führen? Ehe sich beide versehen können, schweben Kate und Charles selbst in größter Gefahr …More info →