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Winter of Despair Cora Harrison

Winter of Despair By Cora Harrison

Winter of Despair by Cora Harrison


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Summary

November, 1853. Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins are summoned to examine a body found in an attic studio, surrounded by a lacerated painting titled A Winter of Despair. Wilkie recognizes the victim as a friend of his brother Charley. What secrets lie among the close-knit group of Pre-Raphaelite painters who were the victim's friends?

Winter of Despair Summary

Winter of Despair by Cora Harrison

Stellar . Superior plotting and characterization lift this entry. Fans of Harrison's Burren mysteries will be pleased - Publishers Weekly Starred Review

Wilkie Collins must prove his brother is innocent of murder in the second of the compelling new Gaslight mystery series.


November, 1853.
Inspector Field has summoned his friends Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins to examine a body found in an attic studio, its throat cut. Around the body lie the lacerated fragments of canvas of a painting titled A Winter of Despair.

On closer examination, Wilkie realizes he recognizes the victim, for he had been due to dine with him that very evening. The dead man is Edwin Milton-Hayes, one of Wilkie's brother Charley's artist friends. But what is the significance of the strange series of faceless paintings Milton-Hayes had been worked on when he died? And why is Charley acting so strangely?

With his own brother under suspicion of murder, Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens set out to uncover the truth. What secrets lie among the close-knit group of Pre-Raphaelite painters who were the dead man's friends? And who is the killer in their midst?

Winter of Despair Reviews

Stellar . Superior plotting and characterization lift this entry. Fans of Harrison's Burren mysteries will be pleased * Publishers Weekly Starred Review *
Engaging . Another strong entry in a series tailor-made for the Masterpiece crowd * Booklist *
Harrison deftly taps into the heart and soul of Victorian London and the strata of society - from the slums to the studios of Pre-Raphaelite painters * Historical Novel Review *
A surprising conclusion, coupled with vivid characters, authentic period details, and a constantly zigzagging plot, makes this a good choice for fans of historical murder mysteries * Booklist on Season of Darkness *
Harrison is at the top of her game ... The fair-play puzzle is among her finest * Publishers Weekly Starred Review of Murder at the Queen's Old Castle *
Highly readable ... Perfect for fans of authors who focus on a vivid locale such as Andrea Camilleri or Ann Cleeves * Library Journal on Murder at the Queen's Old Castle *
Engrossing ... Reverend Mother will appeal to admirers of Ellis Peters's 'Brother Cadfael' mysteries * Library Journal Starred Review of Death of a Novice *

About Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison turned to writing historical fiction after she retired from teaching to live on a farm near the Burren in the west of Ireland. As well as the Gaslight mysteries, she is the author of the Reverend Mother mysteries and the 'Mara' series of Celtic mysteries, set in 16th-century Ireland.

Additional information

GOR012066876
9780727889126
0727889125
Winter of Despair by Cora Harrison
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Canongate Books Ltd
20190930
240
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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