London, 1870: the body of a Hungarian immigrant is found dead in what appears to be a ritualistic killing, with a bayonet through his heart, his fingers broken and his body surrounded by 17 blood-dipped candles. At first Commander William Monk of the Thames River Police suspects the killer is from within the community, but when another murder takes place, Monk fears the immigrants are being targeted by an outsider....
Meanwhile, Hester is reunited with a doctor who had been left for dead on a Crimean battlefield. Traumatised by his experiences, Fitz has made his way home via Hungary and is now living in the community. Hester is determined to help him, and when he is accused of the killings, she sets out to prove his innocence.
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By Stewart Webb on 04-09-2017
Far From Her Best
Over the years I have listened to many books by this lady but this is probably one of her worst. There are whole sections describing Victorian medical operations and long drawn out descriptions of wartime and nursing bearing no resemblance to the plot which is slow and plodding. She has written many great books. But this is not one of them