When a young woman uncovers evidence that a recent suicide may have been murder, her investigations attract the attention of a dangerous man stalking the streets of nineteenth-century Dublin.
Dublin, 1816. A young nursemaid conceals a pregnancy and then murders her newborn in the home of the Neshams, a prominent family in a radical Christian sect known as the Brethren. Rumors swirl about the identity of the child’s father, but before an inquest can be held, the maid is found dead after an apparent suicide. When Abigail Lawless, the eighteen-year-old daughter of the city coroner, by chance discovers a message from the maid’s seducer, she sets out to discover the truth.
An only child, Abigail has been raised amid the books and instruments of her father’s grim profession, and he in turn indulges her curious and critical mind. Now she must push against the restrictions society places on a girl her age to pursue an increasingly dangerous investigation. Abigail’s searches begin to uncover the well-guarded secrets of two factionsthe Christian Brethren and a burgeoning rationalist communitydrawing the attention of a sinister figure who emerges in fleeting glimpses and second-hand reports: the man with the lazy eye.
Determined, resourceful, and intuitive, Abigail Lawless emerges as a young lady sleuth operating at the dawn of forensic science.
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About the Author
Andrew Hughes was born in Ireland and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. It was while researching his acclaimed social history of Fitzwilliam SquareLives Less Ordinary: Dublin's Fitzwilliam Square, 1798-1922that he first came across the true story of John Delahunt that inspired his debut novel, The Convictions of John Delahunt. Andrew lives in Dublin.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I love historical mysteries this fascinating new mystery that explores the realm of forensic autopsy in the english judicial process in the zregency was so well integrated with a multiple murder plot i koved too having such a smart protagonust as the daughter of the coroner pls make this the first of a series loved it
Really enjoyed this wonderful book. Abigail Lawless is a great character. The setting of Dublin in 1816 is well rendered and the mystery very satisfying. Hope it becomes a series.
Good premise but poorly executed. Couldn't finish it after 150 pages. Boooooring.