Four Thousand Days
by M.J. Trow

Introducing turn-of-the-century archaeologist-sleuth Margaret Murray in the first of a brilliant new historical mystery series.

October, 1900. University College, London. When the spreadeagled body of one of her students is discovered in her rented room shortly after attending one of her lectures, Dr Margaret Murray is disinclined to accept the official verdict of suicide and determines to find out how and why the girl really died.

As an archaeologist, Dr Murray is used to examining ancient remains, but she’s never before had to investigate the circumstances surrounding a newly-dead corpse. However, of one thing Margaret is certain: if you want to know how and why a person died, you need to understand how they lived. And it soon becomes clear that the dead girl had been keeping a number of secrets. As Margaret uncovers evidence that Helen Richardson had knowledge of a truly extraordinary archaeological find, the body of a second young woman is discovered on a windswept Kent beach – and the case takes a disturbing new twist …


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

Library Journal

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


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

Publishers Weekly

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

Kirkus Reviews

“A testimony to an intrepid and visionary real-life feminist”

The Historical Novels Review

“A treat for historical mystery fans”

Booklist on Last Nocturne

“Subtle humor, colorful characters, and a shock ending are all on display in abundance”

Booklist on The Reckoning

“Provides juicy portraits of several historic figures”

Kirkus Reviews on The Black Hills

“A gripping story packed with a palpable sense of danger and a shocker of an ending, makes for absorbing reading”

Booklist on The Black Hills

“Twisty, unpredictable, and ultimately satisfying”

Kirkus Reviews on Black Death

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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Four Thousand Days by M.J. Trow is available in the following formats

Hardback97817802913451st February 2022145 X 223mm224$28.99
Hardback978178029134525th November 2021145 X 223mm224£20.99
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