Back of the book :
They will see me hang for this.
London, 1855. In the grey mist of the early morning a body is dumped on the shore of the Thames by a boatman in a metal canoe. Talk soon spreads of the killer and his striking accomplice: a young widow in mourning dress.
Birdie Quinn’s sleeplessness led her to the river that morning. She has always been wilful, haughty, different… but is she a murderess?
To clear her name, she must retrace the dead man’s footsteps to Orkney and the far north. A dangerous journey for a woman alone, but one she must make to save her life.
What I think :
This is Birdie’s story, set in 1855 in London and a Small fishing village in the Orkney. She has fallen on hard times, although she has a trade, she is a book keeper, things are bad. When one morning she finds a dead body along the River Thames she is suddenly implicated in the crime. The police think that she did it !
She sets out with the help of Solly, a policeman in the Met, that she has a sort-of relationship with to try and clear her name. This quest leads her to the the lonely Scottish Islands of Orkney, where she attempts to find out what happened to the poor soul she found that morning by the river.
Will she be charged with murder and hung or can she clear her name in time ?
I really enjoyed this book, it gripped me right from the very first page, I was intrigued to find out how a woman back in the 1800’s would actually go about trying to clear her name when it really wasn’t the done thing back then. I was impressed !!
The characters were wonderfully written and the story really had me gripped, taking me right into the heart Victorian England. Who doesnt enjoy a bit of Victorian crime ?
I give this book a very well earned 9/10.
Published by Head of Zeus in Paperback on 06/02/2020.
A big Thank You to Cerian Fishlock at Head of Zeus for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.