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The Cry of the Hangman

Susanna Calkins



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Severn House
28 July 2022
Murder always sells. But when a series of dark and puzzling crimes takes place in seventeenth-century London, will printer's apprentice Lucy Campion be publishing the news - or starring in it?

London, 1667. Printer's apprentice Lucy Campion is unsettled when, on a frozen December morning after church, an elderly woman dressed in mourning clothes whispers an ominous warning in her ear.

Lucy sternly tells herself it's nonsense, but then her much-loved former master, Magistrate Hargrave, is viciously attacked with a brass hourglass during a break-in. But what exactly was the intruder searching for? And why did they first stop to steal a piece of Cook's lamb and lentil pie?

The puzzling case is just the start of a series of dark, bizarre crimes. Lucy's determined to uncover the truth and see that justice is done. But someone is equally determined to stop her - whatever it takes.

This page-turning historical mystery set in Renaissance London is a great choice for readers who like their heroines lively, their mysteries twisty and their historical settings brimming with authenticity.
Imprint:   Severn House
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   Main
Dimensions:   Height: 217mm,  Width: 138mm,  Spine: 14mm
Weight:   320g
ISBN:   9781780298207
ISBN 10:   178029820X
Series:   A Lucy Campion Mystery
Pages:   240
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Susanna Calkins is the author of the award-winning Lucy Campion mystery series, set in seventeenth century London, and the Speakeasy mysteries, set in Prohibition-era Chicago. She has a PhD in history and works at Northwestern University. Born and raised in Philadelphia, she currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.

Reviews for The Cry of the Hangman

Creepy and ingenious * <b>Kirkus Reviews</b> * This series keeps getting better * <b>Publishers Weekly</b> * Packed with intriguing historical details, which ably support a clever plot and a captivating heroine * <b>Booklist</b> * A crisply written, cleverly plotted, and nicely detailed historical mystery, with a lively heroine and a satisfying ending * <b>Booklist</b> on <b>The Sign of the Gallows</b> * Lavish period detail, romantic tension, and a complex puzzle make the heroine's fifth adventure one of her best * <b>Kirkus Reviews</b> on <b>The Sign of the Gallows</b> * Calkins makes fine use of advances in mathematics and cryptography of this period, while also drawing in the chaos of the Great Fire and plague in London as agents of change in society. For anyone interested in 17th-century England, this mystery is a treat * <b>Publishers Weekly</b> on <b>The Sign of the Gallows</b> * An involving tale. Solid historical mystery, with intriguing hints about the future * <b>Booklist</b> on <b>A Death Along the River Fleet</b> * A nice option for devotees of Anne Rutherford and Samuel Thomas * <b>Library Journal</b> on <b>A Death Along the River Fleet</b> * An enjoyably complex mystery with a clever heroine neatly interweaves detailed historical background with fascinating characters * <b>Kirkus Reviews</b> on <b>A Death Along the River Fleet</b> *

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