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Philadelphia, early 1844.
As violent tensions escalate between 'nativists' and recent Irish immigrants, Edgar Allan Poe's fears for the safety of his wife Virginia and mother-in-law Muddy are compounded when he receives a parcel of mummified bird parts. Has his nemesis returned to settle an old score?
Just as odd is the arrival of Helena Loddiges, a young heiress who demands Poe's help to discover why her lover died at the city's docks on his return from an expedition to Peru. Poe is skeptical of her claims to receive messages from birds and visitations from her lover's ghost, but when Miss Loddiges is kidnapped, he and his friend C. Auguste Dupin must unravel a mystery involving old enemies, lost soul-mates, ornithomancy, and the legendary jewel of Peru.
About the Author
Karen Lee Street is a British/American dual national. She has a PhD in Writing from the University of South Wales and has worked for many years in the European film industry. She is the author of Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster.
`This dark, satisfying mystery, combining beautiful writing with suspense and unease, is a hugely intelligent literary crime thriller that will keep you guessing.'
'A cleverly penned work of intrigue and enigma...rich in detail.'
`The historical background provided of America in 1844 is excellent, as is the clever utilisation of Poe's own life.'
`Street's work is richly detailed and atmospheric, with equal parts delicious strangeness and sparkling historical research. This is a story within a story, a dream within a dream, with occasional dips into nightmarish thrills. Jewel of Peru is a gothic gem of a mystery.'
Elle Wild, author of Strange Things Done (Arthur Ellis Award 2017 "Best First Novel")
'An enjoyable romp through the drawing rooms, theaters, and docks of early-19th-century Philadelphia.'
'Glittering and dark, this is a veritable Cabinet of Curiosities.'
Philip Gross, author of T S Eliot prize-winner The Water Table
ISBN: 9781786073389 ISBN-10: 1786073382 Audience:
Number Of Pages: 400 Published: 1st November 2018 Publisher: Oneworld Publications Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 12.9
Weight (kg): 0.35