On a cold November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this well-dressed, middle-aged woman can be found. Even Jeb Fisher, the local rag-and-bone man, swears he’s seen nothing.
Meanwhile, Ben’s wife Lizzie is trying to suppress a scandal: family friend Edgar Wellings has a gambling addiction and no means of repaying his debts. Reluctantly, Lizzie agrees to visit his debt collector’s house in Deptford, but when she arrives she finds her husband is investigating the murder of the woman in question. Edgar was the last man to see Mrs Clifford alive and he has good reason to want her dead, but Ben and Lizzie both know that a case like this is rarely as simple as it appears…
What readers are saying about The Dead Woman of Deptford:
‘A crime story coloured with social comment and observation, and provides a three-dimensional view, brilliantly researchedand portrayed, of this Victorian world‘
‘Ann Granger’s Victorian mystery series is one of the best around with a description of the period that I find one of the most evocative and literary of all the Victorian-based mysteries I’ve read so far’
‘Up to the usual very high standard of writing and plotting. A real page-turner‘