Rachel Savernake faces her most puzzling murder yet in this glamorous gothic mystery from the winner of the CWA Diamond Dagger.
'This is my challenge for you,' the woman in white said. 'I want you to solve my murder.'
London, 1930s: Rachel Savernake has been invited to a private view of an art exhibition at a fashionable gallery. The artist, Damaris Gethin, known as 'the Queen of Surrealism', is debuting a show featuring live models pretending to be waxworks of famous killers. Before her welcoming speech, Damaris asks a haunting favour of the amateur sleuth: she wants Rachel to solve her murder. As Damaris takes to a stage set with a guillotine, the lights go out. There is a cry and the blade falls. Damaris has executed herself.
While Rachel questions why Damaris would take her own life – and just what she meant by 'solve my murder' – fellow party guest Jacob Flint is chasing a lead on a glamorous socialite with a sordid background. As their paths merge, this case of false identities, blackmail, and fedora-adorned doppelgängers, will descend upon a grand home on Sepulchre Street, where nothing – and no one – is quite what it seems.
Praise for Martin Edwards:
'Superb – a pitch-perfect blend of Golden Age charm and sinister modern suspense... This is the book Edwards was born to write.' Lee Child
'Edwards has managed, brilliantly, to combined a Golden Age setting with a pace that is bang up-to-date.' Peter James
'Edwards has managed, brilliantly, to combined a Golden Age setting with a pace that is bang up-to-date.' Peter James.
'Superb – a pitch-perfect blend of Golden Age charm and sinister modern suspense, with a main character to die for. This is the book Edwards was born to write.' Lee Child.
'Liberally spiced with mystery, suspense and action... A thoroughly gripping read.' Peter Robinson