London during 1854 there is a deadly outbreak of cholera.
Nurse Florence Nightingale is hard at work as she and her
nursing staff strive to save lives and end suffering.
is not the only plague spreading through the city. Evil lurks
in the soul of a killer. Elizabeth Hebert is Florence’s
friend and is the wife of Secretary at War Sidney Herbert.
During an outing with her father, Elizabeth (Liz to her friends
and family) is horrified as their carriage is attacked. The
attack takes the life of her coachman. Later Sidney’s
valet dies from cholera, but before he dies he utters some
cryptic clues about the carriage attack.
puts Florence on the job, hoping that she will be the one
who can get to the heart of the matter and keep his beloved
Elizabeth safe. Florence sets out to do just that, but she
must move quickly before anyone else comes to harm or worse.
Trent has clearly done her research, and in addition to the
enjoyment I receive from a good mystery, I found that I learned
quite a bit as well. As with the first book in the series
(link to my review is below), I was both captivated and intrigued
with the history and the mystery.
mystery readers will not want to miss this book. I’ve
never considered historical mysteries to be among my favorite
books, but both books featuring Florence Nightingale sleuthing
as well as nursing have opened a new world of reading to me.
As it turns out, historical mysteries can be very addictive.
Reviews of other titles in this series
Cure for the Dead