Death and the Harlot
13th May 2019
Genre: Historical mystery
‘It’s strange, the way fortune deals her hand.’
The year is 1759 and London is shrouded in a cloak of fear. With the constables at the
mercy of highwaymen, it’s a perilous time to work the already dangerous streets of Soho.
Lizzie Hardwicke makes her living as a prostitute, somewhat protected from the fray as one of Mrs Farley’s girls. But then one of her wealthy customers is found brutally murdered…
and Lizzie was the last person to see him alive.
Constable William Davenport has no hard evidence against Lizzie but his presence and
questions make life increasingly difficult. Desperate to be rid of him and prove her innocence.
Lizzie turns amateur detective, determined to find the true killer, whatever the cost.
Yet as the body count rises Lizzie realises that, just like her, everyone has a secret they will do almost anything to keep buried…
About the author:
Georgina Clarke has a degree in theology and a PhD in history but has only recently started to combine her love of the past with a desire to write stories. Her Lizzie Hardwicke series is set in the mid-eighteenth century, an underrated and often neglected period, but one that is rich in possibility for a crime novelist.
She enjoys running along the banks of the River Severn and is sometimes to be found
competing in half marathons. In quieter moments, she also enjoys dressmaking. She lives in Worcester with her husband and son, and two extremely lively kittens.
Follow Georgina Clarke @clarkegeorgina1
From debut novelist, Georgina Clarke, Death and the Harlot is filled with mystery and intrigue whilst all in the dangerous and compelling setting of 1700’s Soho. I loved the sense of place in this novel, feeling like I was in a completely different version of a place I know so well. The plot was well thought up and followed through, with secrets and lies catching up with the characters at the worst times. Clarke has written a stunning mystery with some excellent use of cloak and mirrors to leave the reader questioning everything they know about the characters up until the very end.
This is the kind of novel I would recommend for people looking to escape to a different time where things may seem quite different but where the parallels to our modern reality can be shocking. This can be compared to a less eerie version of The Woman in White, and if you enjoyed The Corset by Laura Purcell, you’ll get on with Death and the Harlot very easily. Written in a format that is easily readable, at times light-hearted with a secretive, distrustful undertone, this is an excellent mystery debut novel. Thank you Ellie Pilcher, Georgina Clarke and NetGalley for my e-arc of this brilliant book.