Death might be commonplace in 1857 at the Royal Free Hospital in London's Gray's Inn Road, but murder certainly isn't. When the body of Prudence Barrymore, a gently bred, dedicated and passionate nurse, is discovered stuffed into a laundry chute, no-one - high born or low - can be beyond suspicion. But the police seem determined to concentrate their efforts on proving Dr Kristian Beck the culprit - because he is foreign. Concerned and unhappy with this state of affairs, Lady Callandra Daviot of the Board of Governors asks Investigator William Monk to pursue the case...
©1983 Anne Perry (P)2012 AudioGO Ltd
I'm a fan of Anne Perry's books. She manages to bring 1800's London alive for me, and always tackles social issues of the day. In this book she takes on women's health, rape, child birth and abortion. And she does it as part of a ripping mystery that unfolds in a hospital and concludes in a court room. As usual there's plenty of tension between her two main characters, Monk and Hester. This book didn't disappoint me.
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