Unable, or perhaps unwilling, to accept that his grandparents - actors who struggled to make a living on the London stage - led a clandestine and nefarious double life, Poe and Dupin set out to prove the missives forgeries. But as they delve deeper into the city's secrets, and past horrors emerge, they start to suspect that they too are being watched and preyed upon. And if they are, might their stalkers be connected to the London Monster?
'Delightfully entertaining…a fascinating portrayal of London [in 1840]…with strong characterisation, a well-crafted plot and engaging dialogue’.
‘Street's impressive first novel cleverly pairs Poe with his fictional creation, the Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin…. Street maintains atmospheric suspense throughout.'
‘Delightfully entertaining…a fascinating portrayal of London [in 1840]…with strong characterisation, a well-crafted plot and engaging dialogue'.
'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.'