`A gripping and satisfying murder mystery with an unguessable final twist'
`[A] gripping Victorian mystery'
`Asking an historian to review a historical novel is asking for trouble - but Joan Lock's book is something else. Her knowledge of London and its policing in the 19th century makes this into a very different kind of novel - one with an extremely realistic setting'
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When the bodies of a number of babies are found scattered around Islington, Detective Sergeant Best is sent undercover to lodge next door to a suspected baby farm. He shadows an alleged 'child dropper' onto a Thames pleasure steamer and finds himself caught up in Britain's worst civilian tragedy - the 1878 sinking of the Princess Alice - a horrific experience which will haunt Best forever. Meanwhile, his determination to avenge the death of a young girl he had befriended and save the life of another becomes a crusade.