The last train of the night pulls into the gas-lit platform of Baker Street underground station. A young woman is found strangled, her body abandoned in a second-class carriage.
The brutal "Railway Murder" brings Inspector Decimus Webb to the newly formed Metropolitan Line on a bleak winter's night. His investigation leads him through the slums of Victorian London to the Holborn Refuge, a home for "fallen women," and to Clara White, a respectable servant. But Clara has her own tragic and shameful history. As her past is revealed, Inspector Webb must decide whether she is merely a victim of circumstances, or a prime suspect. Only then can he unearth a dark secret, hidden in the depths of underground London.
Lee Jackson's second novel brilliantly recreates the sights, sounds and smells of Victorian London, taking readers on a suspense-filled journey through its criminal underworld.
"Victorian London is vividly brought to life - for an atmospheric picture of the period it's hard to beat" * Sunday Telegraph * "This is a rare and succulent piece of work" * Literary Review * "An entertaining mystery story and one that is guaranteed to keep readers on their toes throughout" * Historical Novels Review *