The Dead Woman of Deptford by Ann Granger
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ann Granger is known for her detective series. The Dead Woman of Deptford is the sixth in a Victorian series. Readers of Anne Perry will probably enjoy this. It is similar in its use of the husband as detective and the wife as intelligent helper, but this time the wife is not welcomed as a helper. However the novel is not a copy of a Perry novel. This novel has more a lower middle class background with the detective work involving the working class. The style of writing is also unlike Perry's rich prose. This a a plain tale well told in simple English.
A body is found in Deptford and it takes a lot of time and patience to find out who she is and what happened. I don't want to explain more and spoil the plot, but wife, Lizzie, cannot keep out of the case as it begins to involve her relatives.
Background research is good but I did wish the dialogue was sharper. However the novel is a good read and would be enjoyed by any lover of hist-mysteries. I certainly enjoyed reading it as a book at bedtime!
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