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Help identifying a book please ! Crime novel set in Victorian London

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JennyHolzersGhost Sun 06-Jan-19 11:26:11

Hi MN readers! Am hoping you can help me with a question which has been bugging me for a while now.

A few years ago (about 5 I think) I bought a newly released paperback to take on holiday. From what I can remember it was a detective novel set in Victorian London, I think by a first-time author. I think the author was female though I’m not 100% on that.

From memory, it involved a younger son from a rich family who had been a bit of a wastrel up until that point, somehow getting embroiled in some kind of mystery (can’t remember what) which centred around a workhouse or poorhouse and he has to go undercover and live there to figure the mystery out. There’s a murder at one point and I think a child figured in the plot. It was quite clear from the ending that the author was setting our wayward hero up for a series of detective novels.

It was very well written and good quality, if you see what I mean, not a kind of cheap schlock thriller or anything.

Unfortunately although I loved the book and totally devoured it, I left it behind at the holiday cottage and despite searching online I’ve not been able to figure out what it was sad

I was wondering because I would absolutely love to read any further books in the series, if there are any.

Does ANYONE have any idea what this book might have been ?!

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Grace212 Sun 06-Jan-19 14:04:45

I don't know but it sounds great so giving this a bump....

TressiliansStone Sun 06-Jan-19 14:07:12

I want to know what this book is too!grin

cdtaylornats Sun 06-Jan-19 14:59:23

Could be
one of the Lady Emily mysteries by Tasha Alexander
one of the Mrs. Jeffries series by Emily Brightwell
either of the Monk or Thomas Pitt series by Anne Perry
Harriet Vane series by Dorothy L. Sayers

JennyHolzersGhost Sun 06-Jan-19 15:10:50

Thanks but it’s none of those. My book had a male protagonist. It was published within the last decade, probably around five years ago. Dorothy Sayers books aren’t Victorian.

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JennyHolzersGhost Sun 06-Jan-19 15:11:38

Grace & Tressilian - glad it’s sparked some curiosity among other readers !! I would recommend it, if I bloody knew what it was grin

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JennyHolzersGhost Sun 06-Jan-19 15:26:17

It may not have been Victorian, it may have been another period. But definitely not 20th century (which is Sayers).

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Celebelly Sun 06-Jan-19 15:38:15

The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson?

OneStepMoreFun Sun 06-Jan-19 15:43:10

You're not thinking of House of Silk by Anthony Horowitz are you? I think that was a new Sherlcok Holmes mystery, but I might have misremembered. It did feature children and having to visit an isolated school or workhouse. And was published about four or five years ago.

Prokupatuscrakedatus Sun 06-Jan-19 15:47:54

No I'll have to wait here till this is solved .....

JennyHolzersGhost Sun 06-Jan-19 15:49:12

@Celebelly you’re a genius ! Thank you SO MUCH. It is indeed The Devil In The Marshalsea and I see she’s published two more books in the series since then so yay !!!

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ShovingLeopard Sun 06-Jan-19 15:49:33

Placemarking because it's the type of novel I love. Fingers crossed we can identify it.

JennyHolzersGhost Sun 06-Jan-19 15:50:04

And I was only about a century out on the date blush

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Grace212 Sun 06-Jan-19 15:50:26

ah, that's already on my list! Glad you found it.

Celebelly Sun 06-Jan-19 15:50:44

Huzzah! Happy reading!

JennyHolzersGhost Sun 06-Jan-19 15:51:58

Thank you !! And for anyone else who likes the sound of it - read it, you won’t be disappointed. I’m off to buy book 2 ....

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Nousernameforme Sun 06-Jan-19 16:01:34

Thanks for the recommendation.

TressiliansStone Sun 06-Jan-19 16:13:44

Ooh, thank you!

<adds to To Read bookcase shelf>

Prokupatuscrakedatus Sun 06-Jan-19 16:25:19

Ok - bought, it is on offer here.

straighttalker Sun 06-Jan-19 17:45:14

Until you discovered it was The Devil in the Marshalsea, I was going to suggest the Sebastian St Cyr mysteries - I think you might like them as well if you're looking for something else!

JennyHolzersGhost Sun 06-Jan-19 18:10:57

Thanks for the recommendation ! Will look into it. I came across a review which said it was similar to the Dissolution series by CJ Sansom, will have a look at that too.

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Nousernameforme Sun 06-Jan-19 18:45:33

I've just picked it up now off abe books £2.53 free shipping if anyones interested (fallen out with amazon)

Celebelly Sun 06-Jan-19 19:12:56

CJ Sansom's Shardlake series is excellent. And if you like that kind of thing, SJ Parrish's Bruno series is a similar kind of thing, just set a smidge later (Elizabethan era as opposed to Tudor).

JennyHolzersGhost Sun 06-Jan-19 19:44:42

Thanks for the suggestions ! I can see I’m going to break my ‘no new books til I’ve reduced my reading pile’ resolution in short order at this rate blush

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PrincessFabian Sun 06-Jan-19 21:19:03

Off topic but @Nousernameforme Abe books is owned by Amazon so may not be a good alternative depending on the reason you are avoiding Amazon. The orders do go to bookshops but I don't think they get much of the money from the sale.

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