Ann Granger’s THE DEAD WOMAN OF DEPTFORD will be published on Thursday June 30th by Headline. It is the sixth Inspector Ben Ross mystery set in Victorian London by much-loved crime writer Ann Granger.
On a cold November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this well-dressed, middle-aged woman can be found. Even Jeb Fisher, the local rag-and-bone man, swears he's seen nothing.
Meanwhile, Ben's wife Lizzie is trying to suppress a scandal: family friend Edgar Wellings has a gambling addiction and no means of repaying his debts. Reluctantly, Lizzie agrees to visit his debt collector's house in Deptford, but when she arrives she finds her husband is investigating the murder of the woman in question. Edgar was the last man to see Mrs Clifford alive and he has good reason to want her dead, but Ben and Lizzie both know that a case like this is rarely as simple as it appears...
Ann Granger is the author of the internationally acclaimed Meredith and Markby and Fran Varady detective series. The first novel in her Victorian crime series, A RARE INTEREST IN CORPSES was published by Headline in 2006.
Entering the top 5 of the German bestseller list with each novel, she has also contributed to several short story volumes, licensed internationally. Headline has published 29 of her crime novels.
She has worked in British embassies in France, Germany, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia.
Praise for Ann Granger:
'One of the most reliable practioners of the crime fiction genre — her usual impeccable plotting is fully in place.' - Good Book Guide
'You can always count on Ann Granger.' - Kölner Express
'Fans of Anne Perry's Thomas Pitt series will find much to like.' - Publishers Weekly