The Burning Issue of the Day

The Burning Issue of the Day

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January 1910. A journalist has been killed in a suspicious blaze. Everything points to a group of suffragettes, but the apparent culprit insists she is innocent.

When Lady Hardcastle receives a letter from a suffragette requesting her urgent help, the retired spy turned sleuth knows only she stands between an accused young woman and the gallows. Evidence at the scene makes Lizzie Worrel’s innocence difficult to believe, and with the police treating it as an open-and-shut case of arson, Lady Hardcastle faces a barrage of resistance as she tries to dig out the truth.

With her trusted maid and confidante, the formidable Flo, Lady Hardcastle sets off in pursuit of the truth as time runs out for the accused suffragette. Was she set up? And if so, is the real culprit a traitor to the cause—or part of a darker conspiracy?

Publisher: Seattle, Washington : Thomas & Mercer, [2019]
ISBN: 9781542041157
Characteristics: 297 pages : 22 cm


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Jun 05, 2019

Suffragettes, suffragists, anti-suffrage men and women all are defined and play a part in this complex plot, which also involves murder, arson, and international gold theft. Lady Emily Hardcastle and Florence Armstrong help Inspector Sunderland solve the false accusation of murder of their client, Lizzie Worrell, as well as a crime which his superiors, for devious reasons of their own, would prefer that he does not solve. The reporter, Dinah Caudle, becomes a worthy ally, as do some of the WSPU members. We also are relieved to see a car designed for the comfort of the driver and passengers, so Emily and Flo don't have to put on enough clothing that they appear to be embarking on an arctic expedition. This was an exciting, humorous page turner. I hope Flo is well recovered in the next book.


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