I won the book a year or two ago. As it is an Edwardian mystery I have no idea why I have left it to gather dust on my TBR for so long. The writer´s debut and the first Ursula Marlow mystery is set in London though Ursula leaves her home city for part of the story.
“I had to call. Didn´t know who else to turn to… It´s all frightfully shocking. I don´t even know if I can tell you. It´s just that there´s somebody here – here in my room – and, Sully – I think she´s dead.”
Ursula´s feminist friend Winifred finds a body in her bedroom; Ursula knows she is the only one who can help her because of her wealthy father´s position, but to do so she must ask Lord Wrotham, her father´s attorney for help, and the reader senses that by doing this she is playing with fire. Ursula has learnt a lot from her new friends, e.g. her aversion to owing anything to a man.
As Winifred is not only a suffragette, but also a homosexual with a record of violence, the police suspect her immediately, of course. But Ursula cannot see her friend as a murderer, and she realizes that there are also other people in their London circles who have old secrets in the closets.
I was intrigued by the female protagonist and the environment immediately. Strongly recommended for lovers of historical mystery. The writer grew up in England and Australia, but lives in California today.