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Elizabeth has discovered that navigating the rules of high society is the biggest con of all. She knows she can play the game, but so far, her only success is Priscilla Knight, a dedicated young suffragist recently widowed for the second time. Her beloved first husband died in a tragic accident and left her with two young daughters — and a sizable fortune. While she was lost in grief, Priscilla’s pastor convinced her she needed a man to look after her and engineered a whirlwind courtship and hasty marriage to fellow parishioner Endicott Knight. Now, about nine months later, Endicott is dead in what appears to be another terrible accident.



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Victoria Thompson

Edgar® Nominated author Victoria Thompson writes the Gaslight Mystery Series, set in turn-of-the-century New York City and featuring midwife Sarah Brandt. Her latest is MURDER ON ST. NICHOLAS AVENUE. She also contributed to the award winning writing textbook MANY GENRES/ONE CRAFT. A popular speaker, Victoria teaches in the Seton Hill University master's program in writing popular fiction. She lives in the Chicago area with her husband and a very spoiled little dog.

"Engaging characters...an enjoyable read."
--Margaret Frazer, author of The Hunter's Tale

"Turn-of-the-century New York, a courageous midwife-sleuth, a fast-paced plot, and plenty of authentic period atmosphere. Victoria Thompson has crafted another Victorian page-turner!"
--Robin Paige, author of Death in Hyde Park: A Victorian Mystery

"Victoria Thompson has a knack for putting the reader inside her character's heads, and her detailed descriptions of New York at the turn of the century bring the setting vividly to life. An intriguing plot and a surprise ending add up to a very enjoyable read."
--Kate Kingsbury, author of Paint By Murder

"Victoria Thompson is off to a blazing start"
--Catherine Coulter

"A marvelous debut mystery with compelling characters, a fascinating setting, and a stunning resolution."
--Jill Churchill, author of The Merchant of Menace

"Victoria Thompson shines ... Anne Perry and Caleb Carr fans rejoice!"
-Tamar Myers, author of The Hand that Rocks the Ladle



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