Breaking the Circle
by M.J. Trow

Turn-of-the-century archaeologist-sleuth Margaret Murray returns for the second in her captivating historical mystery series.

‘Famous Sensitive Found Dead. Police Baffled.’

May, 1905. When one medium turns up dead, the police assume it is a robbery gone wrong, but when another is found obviously murdered, it’s clear there’s a killer on the loose!

Dr Margaret Murray, accomplished archaeologist and occasional sleuth, calls upon her police connections to investigate; who wants to see the mediums of London dead? Known for her sharp mind and quick wit, Margaret decides to infiltrate one of the spiritualist circles to narrow down the list of suspects.

Her tactics seem to be working as she accidentally puts herself in the sights of the murderer. Unperturbed, Margaret sets an elaborate trap to uncover the culprit – but can she untangle the trail of clues before she too, passes beyond the veil?


“An excellent novel exploring the roles of women in Victorian England”

Library Journal on Four Thousand Days

“A satisfying, twisty, and clever story that will please historical mystery fans”

Booklist on Four Thousand Days

“Assured pacing matches the solid plot twists. Fans of Elizabeth Peters’s Amelia Peabody will want to see more of Murray”

Publishers Weekly on Four Thousand Days

“Plenty of suspects, red herrings, and period detail make this a promising launch”

Kirkus Reviews on Four Thousand Days

M.J. Trow

M.J. Trow is a military historian by training and the author of the longrunning Inspector Lestrade and ‘Mad Max’ Maxwell detective series, as well as the Kit Marlowe Tudor mysteries, the Grand & Batchelor Victorian mysteries and the Margaret Murray series. He lives in the Isle of Wight.

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Breaking the Circle by M.J. Trow is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483083163rd January 2023N/A224$14.99
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