Firebird’s Feather
by Marjorie Eccles

A young woman investigates the murder of her mother in this absorbing historical mystery

London, May, 1911. The new king, George V, is preparing for his coronation. The suffragettes are campaigning for women to get the vote. The East End seethes with unrest. And 18-year-old Kitty Challoner is looking forward to ‘coming out’ in London society.

But Kitty’s secure, sheltered world is about to be torn apart. Lydia Challoner is shot dead while out riding in Hyde Park, and during the ensuing murder investigation Kitty discovers that there was so much she didn’t know about her mother. Was Lydia really the killer’s intended target? Is there a link to her Russian heritage? Why had she been behaving so strangely in recent weeks? Was she having an affair?

As Kitty determines to uncover the truth and wonders exactly whom she can trust, she learns that the household in which she lives harbours a number of dangerous secrets.


Solid writing, an engaging heroine, authentic period ambience, and some unexpected twists make this an entertaining and satisfying read for all historical-mystery buffs


Eccles once again combines history and romance with a clever mystery filled with a wide array of suspects

Kirkus Reviews

Well-drawn characters, inventive plotting, and a touch of romance distinguish this lively historical

Publishers Weekly

Marjorie Eccles

Marjorie Eccles was born in Yorkshire and spent much of her childhood there and on the Northumbrian coast. She is the author of many crime novels, including the Gil Mayo police procedurals – which were adapted for television by the BBC – and the DI Herbert Reardon historical mysteries. She has one grown-up son and now lives in Buckinghamshire.

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Firebird’s Feather by Marjorie Eccles is available in the following formats

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