The Companion (aka A Rare Interest in Corpses) (Lizzie Martin, Bk 1)
The Companion - aka A Rare Interest in Corpses - Lizzie Martin, Bk 1 Author:Ann Granger “In the corners of the room the shadows cast velvety veils. It would not be too difficult to imagine someone stood there and watched. I thought of Madeleine Hexham.... I glanced around me. It was likely that I'd been given my predecessor's room and that it was here she had planned her flight into the arms of her mysterious lover.&r... more »dquo;
When Lizzie Martin arrives in London in 1864 to become a lady’s companion, her first impressions are disturbing. She’s barely out of the station when her cab encounters a wagon carrying the remains of a young woman recently dead.
At her new home, Lizzie learns that her predecessor, Madeleine Hexham, disappeared without a word of warning. Despite rumors of immoral behavior surrounding the girl’s departure, Lizzie is soon persuaded that there’s a deeper mystery here. Her suspicions are tragically confirmed when Inspector Benjamin Ross delivers shocking tidings.
Lizzie is determined to unravel the truth about the lost Miss Hexham. As, too, is Ben Ross: a man who cares about justice, whatever the class of victim. But they must tread carefully, as a cornered killer is the most dangerous of all...« less
Set in 1864, this Victorian mystery follows a young woman's adventures when she takes the position of paid companion and discovers that her predecessor has disappeared. With the aid of a young Scotland Yard detective who seems very familiar to her, she finds a deeper and darker mystery waiting to be solved.
This book and Ann Granger's book, a Rare Interest in Corpses, are the same book--different titles. It is the first in her series set in 1860's that features Lizzie Martin and detective Ben Ross. Lizzie is an independent lady who is the daughter of a doctor who worked in a coal mining community and Ross grew up in that community and was helped by her father to avoid going into the mines as a child. It is the beginning of another great Ann Granger series.
This was a nicely written Victorian mystery. I enjoy Ann Granger's writing style, she does a good job of evoking the atmosphere of Victorian London. I also liked the variety of characters from different classes of society. It's the first in a series featuring a very appealing heroine and hero, who have not really started a romantic relationship yet, but something is definitely in the air between them, and I'm sure it will be developed in the books following this one. Some of the coincidences that take place are pretty unlikely, but the villain was a surprise to me.