The Innocents - Variety Palace Mysteries (Paperback)
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Published: 11/04/2024
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'Historical crime fiction at its most beguiling.' Financial Times

'Not to be missed'SJ BENNETT

In the hotly anticipated follow-up to The Tumbling Girl, Minnie and Albert take on a new crime-solving quest in the world of a Victorian music hall.

The Variety Palace Music Hall is in trouble, due in no small part to a gruesome spate of murders that unfolded around it a few months previously. 

Between writing, managing the music hall and trying to dissuade her boss from installing a water tank in the building, Minnie Ward has her hands full. Her complicated relationship with detective Albert Easterbrook doesn’t even bear thinking about. 

But when a new string of murders tears through London, Minnie and Albert are thrown together once more. Strangely, the crimes seem to link back to a tragedy that took place fourteen years ago, leaving 183 children dead. 

And given that the incident touched so many people’s lives, everyone is a suspect . . .

Publisher: Gallic Books
ISBN: 9781913547523
Number of pages: 296
Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

Praise'Historical crime fiction at its most beguiling.' Financial Times‘Triumphant . . . Vivid period detail, clever plotting, and thoughtful characterizations. This series merits a long run' Publishers Weekly (starred review) ‘Another entertaining, well-researched historical mystery . . . As before, the working people behind the scenes at the music hall are the stars’ Library Journal (starred review)‘Victorian crime at its grittiest, most exciting best. Don't miss it' Essie Fox, author of The Fascination'A dramatic return to the music hall, as Minnie does it again. Rich with theatrical detail and brimming with brilliant characters, this is a series not to be missed' SJ Bennett, author of Murder Most Royal‘Bridget Walsh does it again. The Innocents is pacy, captivating and accomplished and I loved it . . . More Minnie and Albert, please’ Emma Styles, author of No Country for Girls ‘Once again, Bridget Walsh has pulled it off! She runs her writing through with such warmth and humour that it almost glows on the page. I am undecided whether I am in love with Minnie or whether I want to be her. Both, probably!’ Julia Crouch, author of The Daughters ‘My favourite new crime series of recent years . . . If you’re looking for a hugely entertaining crime novel, packed with great characters, then you really can’t do any better than this’ Trevor Wood, author of You Can Run ‘A rollicking good yarn, full of fantastic and fantastical characters plus a real dash of magic’ Barbara Nadel, author of the Inspector Ikmen Mysteries'Richly redolent of the world of Victorian musical theatre, The Innocents is a twisty, turny, hugely entertaining mystery that will keep you guessing to the end' Mark Wightman, author of Waking the TigerPraise for The Tumbling Girl'Neatly weds historical detail and quiet wit’ Sunday Times ‘Splendid’ Wall Street Journal'Rich and nuanced . . . Un-put-downable' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)‘A sparkling novel and a complete delight to read. The characters and world are wild, vivid and enchanting. A wry, warm and proper rib-tickling slice of dirty Victorian gothic’ Julia Crouch, author of The Daughters‘Beautifully evocative, deftly plotted and with engaging characters, it was a page-turner from beginning to end’ Sheila O’Flanagan, author of What Eden Did Next ‘Brilliant . . . Beautifully written . . . keeps you guessing till the end’ A. J. West, author of The Spirit Engineer ‘An accomplished crime murder mystery, with an addictively gritty plot and truly remarkable cast of characters . . . deliciously dark and compelling’ Essie Fox, author of The Fascination‘Minnie Ward is a woman you want to follow through all the wicked twists and turns of Victorian London. Bridget writes wonderfully. It had me on the edge of my seat until the final page’ SJ Bennett, author of Murder Most Royal‘A bravura performance . . . You can smell the greasepaint and hear the roar of the crowd on every page’ Imogen Robertson, author of The Paris Winter‘Smart, funny and expertly plotted, The Tumbling Girl cartwheels off the page’ Emma Styles, author of No Country for Girls'I absolutely loved The Tumbling Girl. Bridget Walsh is a fresh and fabulous new voice in historical crime fiction' Elizabeth Chadwick, author of The King's Jewel'One of the most engaging double acts I've read in ages. Delightful, dark and depraved' Trevor Wood, author of You Can Run'A racy and thrilling ride that doesn't let up till the last sentence. Superbly done' Femi Kayode, author of Gaslight'Walsh resurrects the culture and crimes of Victoriana without cliché or condescension, but with warmth, wit, remarkable texture and rare authority' Tom Benn, author of Oxblood

An Evening with Elizabeth Macneal and Bridget Walsh

An Evening with Elizabeth Macneal and Bridget Walsh

Norwich - Castle Street
Friday 7th June 19:00

An of Victorian mystery with two of UEA's esteemed graduates chaired by Nick Bradley.

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