Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru

Pages: 368
Imprint: Point Blank

Edgar Allan Poe and the Jewel of Peru

Karen Lee Street

9781786073389 (3 May 2018)
RRP £12.99

The Book

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. Could his nemesis have 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 sceptical 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 soulmates, ornithomancy, and the legendary jewel of Peru.

Additional Information

Pages 368
Imprint Point Blank


About the Author

Karen Lee Street was born in America, but has lived in London for a lot of her adult life. She recently moved to Australia. She is the author of Edgar Allan Poe and the London Monster.


Praise for Poe & Dupin:

'Deliciously morbid…The prose has a lush, sumptuous rhythm to it…Street is fully in control of her material and the sheer exuberance of her writing ensures that the story never once tips over into parody or pastiche…This is a dark, highly satisfying mystery combining beautiful writing with suspense and unease.' Ripperologist

'In beautifully written and entirely believable scenes that I relished reading, Poe and Dupin face their demons, which are brought to the fore and to their ultimate, deliciously twisty conclusion. Poe fans will love the finely layered references to his most famous works. A highly enjoyable debut.' Kate Mayfield, author of The Undertaker's Daughter

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