By Christine Trent
Queen Victoria, nonetheless mourning her long-dead husband Prince Albert, has chanced on solace in John Brown, an enigmatic palace servant who dabbles within the occult and retains the grieving queen entertained together with his tarot card readings. Undertaker Violet Harper is invited to wait one in all Mr. Brown's notorious readings, in which he signifies that Buckingham Palace will quickly be shrouded in death's darkish veil. good conversant in demise, Violet shrugs him off as a charlatan--until his sinister divinations start to turn out real. . .
Violet wonders if whatever foul is within the playing cards whilst the aristocratic younger associates of the queen's daughter start to die less than mysterious situations. Her suspicions purely develop while one in every of London's "moralists," a bunch bent on repealing the legislation that forces prostitutes into hospitals, suffers an identical destiny. The deaths only buttress the queen's enthusiasm for Mr. Brown's ominous abilities, and, involved by means of the fortuneteller's effect, Violet races opposed to time to unearth the reality prior to the killer moves back. yet as she closes in on a assassin with an unearthly cause, Violet realizes she will be digging her personal grave. . .
By turns heartwrenching and hopeful, A Virtuous loss of life is a gripping story of fortitude besieged by means of vengeance contained in the outstanding global of Queen Victoria's court docket.
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Detective Superintendent Carter swung himself out of the passenger seat and saluted the Governor. " And, turning to McLeery: "Christ! " But McLeery cut across whatever explanation the Governor might have given. "Elsfield Way, officer! I know where Evans .. " He was breathing heavily, and leaned for support against the side of the car, where the imprint of his hand was left in tarnished crimson. In bewilderment Carter looked to the Governor for guidance. " "Take him with you, if you think he'll be all right.
McLeery: "Now. " Silence. McLeery: "In the top right-hand corner write your index number 313. And in the box just below that, write your centre number 271. " Silence. m. " McLeery: "I don't know about that. I ' Stephens: "Mr. Jackson's given me strict instructions to ' Evans: "Ow the 'ell am I supposed to concentrate on me exam with a bleedin' screw breathin' down me neck? Christ! Sorry, sir, I didn't mean ' The Governor reached for the phone. "Jackson? Ah, good. Get Stephens out of that cell, will you?
Stephens personally was to make absolutely sure that the door was locked on Evans after McLeery had left the cell. Understood? Understood. m. the Governor heard the final exchanges. " Silence. " Silence. Scraping of chairs and tables. " McLeery: "Good .. Mr. " (Very loud) The Governor heard the door clang to for the last time. The examination was over. " asked Stephens as he walked beside McLeery to the main gates. "Och. " His Scots accent seemed broader than ever, and his long black overcoat, reaching almost to his knees, fostered the illusion that he had suddenly grown slimmer.
A Virtuous Death by Christine Trent