It's three cases in one for Inspector Sam Blackstone in his latest outing. His onetime lover, forensic scientist Dr. Ellie Carr, is investigating the brutal killings of teenage girls from Victorian London's wealthiest families. Meanwhile, Blackstone's erstwhile sidekick, Archie Patterson, is trying to expose a brothel madam who specializes in providing her clients with child prostitutes. And Sam himself is trying to uncover a smuggling ring in his home village of Marston. Little does Blackstone expect that the three cases will eventually be linked or that he will be betrayed by someone he considered a good friend. Rustage creates strong and varied characters, with Blackstone playing the quintessentially unflappable cop and his two costars adding more idiosyncratic human interest. A fine period mystery with a clever plot. Emily MeltonCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved
"The characters are rich and complex, the plot is unusual and inventive, but it's the delightfully droll, wonderfully witty doses of humor that make the novel such a pleasure" Booklist on Blackstone and the Firebug "Blackstone is no less resourceful than you'd expect from such an old hand. But Spencer's resourcefulness in throwing him curves and planting evidence for him to ferret out is truly impressive" Kirkus Reviews on Blackstone and the Golden Egg"