It’s 1864 and Lizzie Martin is leaving London for the south coast of England to be the companion of Lucy Craven, a teenager who lives in seclusion with her aunts and has recently lost an infant daughter to illness. En route, Lizzie meets Doctor Lefebre, a slightly off-putting gentleman headed for the same destination. Lefebre, it turns out, is an alienist hired by Lucy’s family to determine whether the young woman is mad. And he discloses something shocking: Lucy Craven doesn’t believe her daughter is dead; she insists the baby was stolen from her.
In Hampshire, complications mount. Late at night, Lizzie hears furtive voices outside, there’s a gentleman farmer whose demeanor with Lucy seems unusually familiar, and, while Lucy proves a bit moody, she hardly seems deranged. The girl’s aunts are clearly withholding something. . . . These tensions come to a head when a man is found dead in the garden, stabbed with a knife from the aunts’ home.
Lizzie calls upon her beau, Inspector Benjamin Ross. Together, they find themselves entangled in a mystery as bewildering as any they’ve faced.
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“Engaging…. Fans of Anne Perry’s Thomas Pitt series will find much to like.”—Publishers Weekly on A Mortal Curiosity
“This is a perfect read for those who crave Victorian mysteries in the tradition of Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt novels.” — Library Journal on A Mortal Curiosity
“A dandy mystery and a vivid evocation of another time and place, A Mortal Curiosity is another triumph for Granger and her appealing heroine.” —Richmond Times-Dispatch on A Mortal Curiosity
“Thoroughly absorbing [and] smoothly written . . . Granger shows how well she has mastered her craft. . . . This engrossing novel is sure to delight.” —Publishers Weekly on Shades of Murder
“Historical mystery fans will appreciate the great attention Granger pays to period detail as she evokes a suitably gritty nineteenth-century London.” —Booklist on The Companion
“Accomplished veteran Granger . . . knows her history and relates it with charm in this peek at Victorian morals and foibles.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Companion
“The village mystery observes more stringent procedures than a military task force . . .The style must be witty, the setting picturesque, and the characters amusingly idiosyncratic . . . Ann Granger knows the drill so well she could write a manual.” —The New York Times on Flowers for His Funeral
Ann Granger has worked in British embassies in various parts of the world. She met her husband, who was also working for the British Embassy, in Prague, and together they received postings to places as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. They are now permanently based in Bicester, near Oxford.