Evil lurks on the streets of Victorian London in this gripping crime novel. As Inspector Ben Ross of Scotland Yard walks homeward one Saturday night in late October 1867, the fog that swirls around him is like a living beast. By the time it has lifted next morning a woman lies murdered in Green Park. Allegra Benedict was the beautiful Italian wife of an art dealer in Piccadilly. But what had she been doing in London that afternoon, and why had she been selling her brooch in the Burlington Arcade just hours before her death? As Ben begins his investigation, his wife Lizzie - with the help of their maid Bessie - looks into Allegra's private life and uncovers more than one reason why someone might want her dead...
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by Ann Granger
by Victoria Thompson
by Francine Mathews
by Sandi Ault
"The third book in Ann Granger's series featuring Lizzie Martin and Inspector Ben Ross comes complete with pea-soup fog, a charismatic temperance minister, and a Ripper-like strangler, making for a tidy procedural of Victorian London. The story alternates between the points of view of Lizzie and Inspector Ross, narrated by Maggie Mash and Laurence Kennedy. The flaw in this technique occurs when Mash must portray Inspector Ross and Kennedy must portray Lizzie, and listeners have to adjust to hearing two different voices for the two main characters. This awkwardness, along with the anachronistic dialogue and lack of Victorian-era verisimilitude, keeps the listener from fully engaging with the story. F.T. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"