The streets of Victorian London are clothed in shadows and secrets in Tessa Harris’s gripping new mystery featuring flower seller Constance Piper . . .
London, July 1889. Eight months have passed since the horrific murder of Mary Jane Kelly. The residents of Whitechapel have begun breathing easy again—daring to leave windows open and walk about at twilight. But when old Alice Mackenzie is found dead, throat slashed almost from ear to ear, the whispers begin once more: Jack the Ripper is back.
Constance Piper, a flower seller with a psychic gift, was a friend to both women. With the supernatural help of her late mentor, Miss Emily Tindall, and her more grounded ally, police detective Thaddeus Hawkins, she uncovers links between the murders and a Fenian gang. The Fenians, committed to violence to further their goal of an independent Ireland, are also implicated in a vicious attack in which the Countess of Kildane’s uncle was killed. Could the Whitechapel murders be a ruse to make the British police look helpless?
Soon, Constance is called upon for help. But there are spies everywhere in the city, and a bomb plot intended to incur devastating carnage. And as Constance is fast discovering, the greatest evil may not lurk in the grimy alleys of the East End, but in a conspiracy that runs from Whitechapel to the highest office in the land . . .
Praise for Tessa Harris and her Constance Piper Mysteries
The Angel Makers
“The author paints the words/pictures with the skill of a master . . . her remarkable cast of characters
kept me turning pages until the end.”
--Historical Novel Society
“A nail-biting story full of suspense and mystery.”
The Sixth Victim
“Constance is an unusual protagonist with a special gift. Harris’s treatment of the working class’s spirituality and belief in ghosts will attract fans of Sharyn McCrumb’s ‘Appalachian Ballad’ mysteries. Readers who follow Jack the Ripper theories may also enjoy.”
“A reinterpretation of Jack the Ripper with a supernatural touch . . . [Harris] still combines two perceptive points of view with a convincing portrait of London’s seamier side with a neat twist of an ending.”
And praise for her Dr. Thomas Silkstone Mysteries
The Lazarus Curse
“Stellar . . . Harris’s prose and characterizations have only become more assured.”
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
The Anatomist's Apprentice
“Densely plotted . . . We await—indeed, demand—the sequel.”
—The New York Times Book Review