During a routine patrol, police arrest two men in possession of human body parts intended for sale to the dissecting rooms of a London teaching hospital. Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist Dan Foster makes the grisly discovery that they are the remains of fellow officer George Kean. The arrested men are charged with Kean’s murder, but Dan is not convinced that they are the killers. In pursuit of the real murderer, he investigates the unhallowed activities of the resurrection men – bodysnatchers.
The bodysnatching racket soon leads Dan to something bigger and much more dangerous. In a treacherous underworld of vicious pugilists, ruthless murderers, British spymasters and French agents, Dan must tread carefully…or meet the same terrible fate as Kean.
The Butcher’s Block is the second Dan Foster Mystery. Bloodie Bones, the first in the series, was joint winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016.
About the Author
'The Fatal Coin', a novella which is a prequel to 'Bloodie Bones', was published as an ebook by SBooks in 2017.
In 2013 Lucienne published 'The Bristol Suffragettes' (SilverWood Books), a history of the suffragette movement in Bristol and the West Country. She regularly gives talks and leads walks about women's suffrage movement. In 2014 she contributed a chapter about women's war work and the vote to 'Bristol and the First World War', the book published by the Bristol Festival of Ideas for its Great Reading Adventure 2014.
She has written a chapter on Welsh suffragist Winifred Coombe Tennant for inclusion in a forthcoming book on Welsh women's history to be published by the University of Wales Press. She is currently working on the third of the full-length Dan Foster Mysteries, and a biography of suffragette Millicent Browne.
Lucienne is on the steering committee of the West of England and South Wales Women's History Network. She was born in Wolverhampton and now lives in Bristol, which is the setting and inspiration for much of her work.