Taken At Night ( 2016) – the first Beatrix Spencer and Fergus Blair mystery.
A missing woman, a city in turmoil and a mysterious photographer ….
The year is 1900, and photographer Beatrix Spencer has just opened her studio in the bustling colonial metropolis of Sydney. But it is a turbulent time to start a new business. A deadly outbreak of plague is threatening the city. Soldiers are about to embark for the Boer War. Women are struggling to gain rights and recognition.
When a woman doctor disappears from a quarantined ship, Beatrix is drawn into the investigation led by Detective Fergus Blair, who has secrets of his own. Despite their very different backgrounds, Fergus and Beatrix find that the city’s underworld is closer and more dangerous than either of them realized. And somewhere, another more sinister photographer is at work…
“The historical aspects of this novel are absolutely fascinating…The pairing of Spencer and Blair fits well, is unforced and seems to be preparing the basis for a good investigative team. While there’s nothing known about a potential followup, there’s enough in Taken At Night, to think they both deserve another outing.”
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Coming in 2017: The Dark Room- the second Beatrix Spencer and Fergus Blair mystery.
The arrival of the plague in Sydney draws out ghosts, spiritualists … and murder.