A suspicious death, stolen gems and an unclaimed reward: who will be the victor in a deadly game of cat and mouse?
It is winter in 1886. Lucy Lawrence sits in her comfortable home in St John’s Wood with only Horace the cat as a companion. As so often, her husband Charlie is away. Their marriage which started with her elopement from her Yorkshire home has lost the love and excitement of those early days, but Lucy is loyal and hopes one day that they will be blessed by a child. But her world falls apart when a policeman takes her to a mortuary in Soho to identify the body of her husband who has been killed in an accident. There she meets Phineas Stone, a tall distinguished private investigator, who tells the police that Charlie was the lead in his current case.
Soon, despite her misgivings, Lucy is entangled in those enquiries, since Charlie has fallen foul of a dangerous gang of thieves. She wishes to clear his name, but she is unsure whether Mr Stone is her friend or not. When a threatening visitor appears, she decides to return to her estranged family in Yorkshire, but this leads her into even more trouble, and she is forced to turn to Phineas for help.
Lucy Lawrence is an excellent heroine, brave and clever, she is determined to discover the truth about her husband’s part in the case of stolen gems and fraud and with the help of her enterprising maid, she goes under cover and solves the crime. This is the first of a series and I am looking forward to Lucy’s next mystery when she travels to Egypt.
Pam Lecky is an Irish writer of historical fiction with a particular love of the late Victorian era and early 20th century. Awaiting the invention of time travel, she has to be content with writing about these periods instead. Her debut novel, The Bowes Inheritance, was awarded the B.R.A.G. Medallion; was shortlisted for the Carousel Aware Prize 2016; made ‘Editor’s Choice’ by the Historical Novel Society; long-listed for the Historical Novel Society 2016 Indie Award; and chosen as a Discovered Diamond in February 2017. In April 2018, she published a collection of all her short stories, entitled Past Imperfect. With settings as diverse as WW1 era Dublin and a lonely haunted lighthouse, romance, mystery and the supernatural await you. Last month she published the first Lucy Lawson Mystery aptly named No Stone Unturned.
No Stone Unturned is available at Amazon UK