Crime Fiction Books
A True and Faithful Brother

A True and Faithful Brother

London 1882: When a wealthy philanthropist disappears from a locked and guarded room, Frances Doughty is reluctantly drawn into a case that tears the veil of mystery from her own past. Can London’s very own Lady Detective solve this sinister new case before a murderer catches up with her and she becomes the next victim?…

Death In Bayswater

Death In Bayswater

London 1881: Panic reigns in Bayswater as a ruthless murderer prowls the foggy streets of the nation’s capital. Residents live in fear, rumours and accusations abound, and vigilante groups patrol by night. It is not, of course, a suitable investigation for a lady detective, but when a friend falls victim to the killer’s knife, Frances…

The Children Of Silence

The Children Of Silence

A Frances Doughty Mystery. Harriet Antrobus, who suffers from incurable ear pain and tinnitus is anxious to prove that fragments of a corpse found in the Paddington canal basin are the remains of her husband Edwin, whose disappearance three years ago plunged her already troubled life into disarray. But who was the unknown man Edwin…

An Appetite for Murder

An Appetite for Murder

A Frances Doughty Mystery The sudden death of overweight 49-year-old Thomas Whibley sparks off an acrimonious furore in Bayswater, and sparks fly between rival diet doctors, vegetarians and the extremist Pure Food Society. Young sleuth Frances Doughty is engaged to discover the author of anonymous libels, when a former colleague of Whibley’s, Hubert Sweetman, who…

A Case of Doubtful Death

A Case of Doubtful Death

A Frances Doughty Mystery A few months have passed since the events of The Daughters of Gentlemen, and 20 year old Frances is more established in Bayswater as a lady detective valued for her discretion. Alice Palmer asks Frances to find her brother Henry who went missing one foggy night on his way home from…

The Daughters of Gentlemen

The Daughters of Gentlemen

A Frances Doughty Mystery The sequel to The Poisonous Seed is Frances Doughty’s first case as a private detective. With curious goings-on at a respectable private school for well brought up girls, the governors naturally call in a lady detective to investigate, but soon it becomes a case of murder. As election fever hits Bayswater…

The Poisonous Seed

The Poisonous Seed

A Frances Doughty Mystery In 1880, 19 year old Frances Doughty is assisting her ailing father in his Bayswater chemist’s shop. When a wealthy customer dies after drinking medicine dispensed at the shop, her father is blamed, and the business collapses. Frances is convinced that the customer was murdered and the only way to prove…

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