Appetite for Murder – Linda Stratmann
Linda Stratmann has long been fascinated by historical crime, especially in the Victorian era. Having written several true crime books on the subject, she now brings her experience to a series of novels set in Victorian Bayswater. At their heart is a clever and determined female sleuth who grapples with knotty puzzle mysteries.
In 1880s Bayswater, the sudden death of overweight accountant, 49-year-old Thomas Whibley, sparks off an acrimonious furore involving rival diet doctors, vegetarians and the extremist Pure Food Society. Young sleuth Frances Doughty is approached by a former colleague of Whibley’s, Hubert Sweetman, to trace his estranged family.
Before she can start, the police arrive and arrest Sweetman for the murder of his wife. Frances and her burly assistant Sarah, delve into past mysteries to try and clear Mr Sweetman’s name. But is Sweetman really innocent? Where are his missing children? What really killed Thomas Whibley and why has his trusted manservant disappeared?
Release date: April 2014
Publisher: The Mystery Press.
Some other work by the same author –
(Frances Doughty series)
The Daughters of Gentlemen (2012)
A Case of Doubtful Death (2013)
The Marquess of Queensberry: Wilde’s Nemesis (Yale University Press 2013)
Chloroform: The Quest for Oblivion (kindle edition The History Press, 2013)