When Victorian chimney sweep Tom Wasp visits his friend Eliza Hogg in Newgate Prison in January 1863, on the day before she is due to be hanged, he is surprised to be given the only thing of value she possesses - and even more surprised when that turns out to be a pawn ticket. Tom's apprentice, twelve-year-old Ned, is disappointed that the pawned item was only a scruffy sailor doll. Some days later however they find its hidden secret. That secret not only sets the two most notorious gangs of London's East End, the Rat Mob and the Nichol Gang, at each other's throats, but brings about a tense international situation at a time when the Prince of Wales is about to marry a Danish princess. When Dinah, the daughter of the leaders of the Rat Mob, is found murdered, Tom resolves to find her killer for the sake of his friend, her sister Jemima. Helped by Ned and the self-appointed Bug Destroyer to Her Majesty, the redoubtable Mr Chuckwick, Tom pursues the trail through dangerous waters until he reaches the frightening truth behind two murders and the motives for them. This gripping historical mystery is related by Tom, who takes the reader back to the squalor of nineteenth-century East London dockland, as he grapples his way through the fog to the truth Tom Wasp and the Newgate Knocker is the second in the Tom Wasp series, following Tom Wasp and the Murdered Stunner. Amy Myers is also known for her Auguste Didier series of crime novels with a Victorian master chef sleuth, and for her current modern series featuring Peter and Georgia Marsh. She and her American husband currently live in Kent, UK, about forty miles from London's East End where Tom Wasp carries out his chimney sweeping (and sleuthing) duties.
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Amy Myers, M.D., is a specialist in autoimmune diseases whose career was set in motion by her own experience dealing with autoimmune issues. Myers graduated cum laude from the Honors College at the University of South Carolina and earned her medical degree at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. After completing her residency in emergency medicine at the University of Maryland, she founded the nationally renowned functional medicine center Austin UltraHealth, where she currently serves as its medical director.From Publishers Weekly:
At the start of Myers's entertaining second Tom Wasp Victorian historical (after 2007's Tom Wasp and the Murdered Stunner), Tom, a multitalented London chimney sweep, visits his friend Eliza Hogg, curiously called the knocker, at Newgate prison, where she's to be hanged the next day for killing her abusive soldier husband. Eliza gives Tom a pawn ticket for a mysterious china doll, which burglars later steal after ransacking Tom's lodgings. Suspense builds with the murder at palatial Claremont House of housemaid Dinah Johnson. Dinah's parents, leaders of the Rat Mob gang, want her killer found, and hire Tom as an undercover detective. Lending protection is the comical Mr. Chuckwick, a man of many disguises. Meanwhile, the rival Nichol Gang targets Tom and Ned, Tom's 12-year-old apprentice, perhaps because Dinah knew the identity of their own putter-up or mob leader. Fans of witty, lighthearted whodunits will be rewarded, though some may find the geopolitical significance of the doll stretches credulity. (May)
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Book Description Five Star, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX1594148708
Book Description Five Star, 2010. Hardcover. Book Condition: Brand New. 1st edition. 253 pages. 8.75x6.00x1.25 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 1594148708