‘All the world’s a stage, and all the men and women merely players…’
When an undercover assignment for the Bow Street magistrate sees prostitute Lizzie Hardwicke trade Ma Farley’s Bawdy House in Soho for life as a theatre seamstress on Drury Lane, it becomes clear quite quickly - what goes on in the wings is much more intriguing than the theatrics being played out on stage…
Soon Lizzie is once again thrown together with the handsome Inspector Will Davenport when a high profile investor is brutally hanged at centre stage and Lizzie discovers the body. With the suspect list rivalling any casting call, Lizzie will have to use every trick she’s hidden up her sleeves to unravel the tangled threads and bring the culprit into the spotlight.
Praise for The Corpse Played Dead
“I loved everything about this ingenious story! It is every bit as sparkling and twisty as the first book“ Celia Anderson, author of 59 Memory Lane
“Georgina Clarke has shown considerable focus in maintaining a steady momentum of the plot and the natural developments in solving the crimes. The throbbing atmosphere and landscape of historical London are superbly depicted and vividly brought to life…” Reader Review
“The Corpse Played Dead is an intriguing whodunit with lots of wit and even a bit of romance.” Reader Review
“This book is so atmospheric and the characters so real that it is easy to imagine you are back in that era. This is a fast paced story full of interesting characters” Reader Review
“This is well-written, well-researched and well done. Lizzie is such a wonderfully entertaining and complex character, and I hope she will have many more adventures ahead of her…I’ll be reading!” Reader Review
“An intricate, well plotted mystery in another age, and I highly recommend it.” Reader Review“
"Entertaining, witty historical crime reads for people seeking well-plotted stories with creatively put together characters, some emotional moments, dangerous criminals and an investigating prostitute at the helm!” Reader Review
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Historical Mystery Fiction
The Corpse Played Dead by Georgina Clarke is a Historical Murder Mystery set in 18th Century London. Lizzie is a very interesting character since her profession is a harlot turned detective in disguise as a seamstress. Each character is fascinating because they seem very different from the norm and yet real. The story is serious, but at times lighthearted and fun. Exciting fast paced suspense that tantalizes the reader to the end. I haven’t read the first book in this series Death and the Harlot, but have purchased it to read next. I look forward to reading more by a new favorite author and about a new enchanting character Lizzie Hardwicke.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Netgalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. I appreciate the opportunity and thank the author and publisher for allowing me to read, enjoy and review this book. Loved it! 5 Stars