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Vanessa Duncan’s was a country girl fascinated with academia but unable to attend university, so when she moved to Cambridge, she became a schoolmistress. All appeared to be going well . . . until a man she had befriended, Arthur Weatherburn, was accused of being a serial killer.
Using her powers of observation and intuition, and defying the social conventions of the late 1880s, Vanessa turned detective and discovered the true identity of the murderer, saving young Weatherburn’s life. Vanessa’s act of courage did not go unnoticed., and her talent for proving the innocence of the wrongly-accused is again called upon. But as Vanessa’s investigations progress, she is carried on a perilous journey from the beautiful English countryside to the bright lights of Paris.
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Catherine Shaw is an academic. She has previously written three conundrum-packed mysteries featuring her heroine Vanessa Duncan.From Booklist:
It's been four years since nineteenth-century Cambridge, England, schoolteacher Vanessa Duncan saved the man who was to become her fiance from the hangman's noose. Just when she is getting slightly bored with life, another mystery presents itself. Mrs. Bryce-Fortescue would like Vanessa to investigate her son-in-law's murder, as she is afraid her daughter, Sylvia, will be arrested for the crime. Vanessa leaps at the chance to go to Maidstone Hall and investigate, although her fiance is less enthusiastic. Vanessa quickly becomes convinced of Sylvia's innocence, despite the fact that it's clear the woman hated her much-older husband. Vanessa's interviews with staff and townspeople lead her to Paris, where she hopes to locate the mysterious stranger who could unlock the puzzle. This epistolary mystery unfolds via Vanessa's chatty letters to her twin, Dora. Writing from Cambridge, Maidstone Hall, and Paris, Vanessa peppers the story with vivid details of Victorian life and times, comments on mathematical theory, and musings on the French Revolution. The second in a series, following The Three-Body Problem (2004).^B Sue O'Brien
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