Crime & Thrillers Music Hall Murders

Published on August 12th, 2013


Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders by Kate Griffin

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Blurb: Limehouse, 1880: Dancing girls are going missing from ‘Paradise’ – the criminal manor with ruthless efficiency by the ferocious Lady Ginger. Seventeen-year-old music hall seamstress Kitty Peck finds herself reluctantly drawn into a web of blackmail, depravity and murder when The Lady devises a singular scheme to discover the truth. But as Kitty’s scandalous and terrifying act becomes the talk of London, she finds herself facing someone even more deadly and horrifying than The Lady. Bold, impetuous and blessed with more brains than she cares to admit, it soon becomes apparent that it’s up to the unlikely team of Kitty and her stagehand friend, Lucca, to unravel the truth and ensure that more girls do not meet with a similar fate. But are Kitty’s courage and common sense and Lucca’s book learning a match for the monster in the shadows? Their investigations take them from the gin-fuelled halls and doss houses of the East End to the champagne-fuelled galleries of the West End. (Faber & Faber, 2013)

Virginia Blackburn, The Daily Express

“Kitty Peck is certainly unlike any other fictional detective I’ve come across: 17, streetwise and with an old head on a very young body, she is utterly fearless in everything she does; from that wire act, 70ft up and without a safety net, to tracking down someone who is clearly a deranged murderer … The atmosphere of the times is created perfectly, from the opium-addicted Lady Ginger, to the drabs out on the streets selling themselves for a penny, while corrupt stage managers stomp through the pages dealing brutally with the girls who don’t toe the party line.”

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