The Death Mask Murders: A Reggie da Costa Mystery

The Death Mask Murders: A Reggie da Costa Mystery

by Laraine Stephens


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Death is just a close shave away.

It is February 1918. Somewhere in the bayside suburbs of Melbourne, the Death Mask Murderer is lurking, engaged in a ritualistic killing spree: shaving the heads of young women, strangling them and creating a gruesome memento of each in the form of a death mask.

As a wild storm batters Brighton, Emma Hart, an aspiring artist, and Max Rushforth, a shell-shocked ex-soldier, take refuge in the cellar of a derelict mansion, the killer's lair and home to his sinister collection of plaster casts. With Max under the spotlight of the police investigation, Emma calls on the expertise of crime reporter, Reggie da Costa, and Dr Silas Bacon, an expert in death masks, to prove his innocence, unaware that she, too, is in the killer's sights.

Set in the dying days of the Great War, 'The Death Mask Murders' examines the treatment of soldiers suffering from 'shell shock' and grapples with the age-old question: Can a person be born evil?

The Death Mask Murders is the first book in The Reggie da Costa Mysteries.

Laraine Stephens lives in Melbourne, Australia. She worked as a teacher-librarian for many years before turning her hand to writing historical crime fiction.

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ISBN-13: 9781953789426
Publisher: Level Best Books
Publication date: 06/01/2021
Series: A Reggie da Costa Mystery , #1
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.61(d)

About the Author

Laraine Stephens lives in the bayside suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. With an Arts degree from the University of Melbourne, a Diploma of Education and a Graduate Diploma in Librarianship, she worked in secondary schools as a Head of Library. On retirement, Laraine decided to turn her hand to the craft of crime writing. Laraine's debut novel, The Death Mask Murders, is set in Melbourne in 1918. It is the first in the Reggie da Costa Mysteries series.

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