The Widow's Secret: Bella Wallis Mystery (Paperback)
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The Widow's Secret: Bella Wallis Mystery (Paperback)

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Paperback 288 Pages / Published: 04/06/2009
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Bella Wallis is a respectable society woman with a secret identity: in an office buried deep within the seedy backstreets of London, she writes sensationalist novels exposing the scoundrels that litter high society under the pen name Henry Ellis Margam. So when a crested cigar case is found near the body of a murdered prostitute, Bella and her friends are determined to trace the murderer and write a mystery that will avenge the poor girl's untimely death. But the owner of the cigar case is a dangerous - and rich - man who has already destroyed the lives of others who have crossed him. Will Bella see justice done, or will she meet the same fate as so many of her characters...? The Widow's Secret is the first in the Bella Wallis series of mysteries and takes us from London to Paris, from the highest of society to the lowest of the low. It is an entertaining, effervescent romp and a wonderful introduction to this most charismatic of heroines.

Publisher: Vintage Publishing
ISBN: 9780099539483
Number of pages: 288
Weight: 200 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 18 mm


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"The Widow's Secret drops us headfirst into the realm of 19th-century sensation fiction - the lurid stuff of Wilkie Collins and old-fashioned penny dreadfuls. Although Brian Thompson is best known for his recent memoirs he's equally convincing on murder, mystery and the Victorians. As the curtain-raiser for a new detective series, this novel is a bold beginning. Thompson is clearly having the time of his life here. He revels in the vigilante justice, ribald talk and Dickensian grotesques at his disposal" * Sunday Telegraph *
"A neo-Victorian yarn that rattles on merrily and rings true. We are told that more instalments of Bella's exploits are on the way. Let them come, say I" -- John Sutherland * Financial Times *
"Thompson specialises in sharp, elliptical dialogue and brisk little glances into the murk that rises beyond Bella's window" -- D. J. Taylor * Guardian *
"Brian Thompson writes well and there's a rich vein of humour" * Daily Mail *
"Entertaining, indeed dazzling. Dickensian in its humour, its vivid evocation of a criminal underworld, and the poverty and filth of the Victorian city" * Times Literary Supplement *

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“The Widow's Secret”

Bella Wallis carries a secret. Her alter-ego is the sensational novelist Henry Ellis Margam who's sordid tales have the power to destroy the reputations of the upper classes who consider themselves to be above... More

Hardback edition
1st June 2008
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“The Widow's Secret”

This is projected to be the first in a new series about yet another Victorian detective. As such, the author spends more time in introducing the characters than in spinning a mystery. The author strains to... More

Hardback edition
1st June 2008
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“The Widow's Secret”

As a former student of Victorian literature, I was looking forward to a romping good read in the tradition of the sensation novel. But although entertaining enough while I was reading it, once finished, I was left... More

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1st June 2008
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