The Widow's Secret: A Bella Wallis Mystery (Bella Wallis Mysteries)

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Meet Bella Wallis—a charismatic Victorian widow with a sideline in sensationalist novels, and a fierce determination to seek revenge in print for what can never be achieved in real life Bella Wallis is a respectable society woman with a secret identity: in an office buried deep within the seedy backstreets of London, she writes sensationalist novels under the pen name Henry Ellis Margam, exposing the scoundrels that litter high society. So when a crested cigar case is found near the body of a murdered prostitute, Bella and her friends are determined to trace the murderer and write a mystery that will avenge the poor girl's untimely death. But the owner of the cigar case is a dangerous—and rich—man who has already destroyed the lives of others who have crossed him. Will Bella see justice done, or will she meet the same fate as so many of her characters? The first in the Bella Wallis series of mysteries takes readers from London to Paris, from the highest of society to the lowest of the low. It is an entertaining, effervescent romp and a wonderful introduction to this most charismatic of sleuths.

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Brian Thompson has written two award-winning volumes of memoir: Keeping Mum, winner of the Costa Prize for Biography and the PEN/Ackerley Prize, and Clever Girl, longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize.

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"Drops us headfirst into the realm of 19th-century sensation fiction the lurid stuff of Wilkie Collins and old-fashioned penny dreadfuls. . . .  As the curtain-raiser for a new detective series, this novel is a bold beginning."  Sunday Telegraph

"A neo-Victorian yarn that rattles on merrily and rings true. We are told that more instalments of Bella's exploits are on the way. Let them come, say I."  Financial Times

"Entertaining, indeed dazzling. Dickensian in its humour, its vivid evocation of a criminal underworld, and the poverty and filth of the Victorian city."  Times Literary Supplement

"Thompson manages to bring his Victorian manhunt to a satisfying conclusion while leaving readers with some very tantalizing threads for the next book."—Mystery Scene

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