Season of Darkness
by Cora Harrison

Introducing Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins as an unusual detective duo in the first of a brand-new Victorian mystery series.

When Inspector Field shows his friend Charles Dickens the body of a young woman dragged from the River Thames, he cannot have foreseen that the famous author would immediately recognize the victim as Isabella Gordon, a housemaid he had tried to help through his charity. Nor that Dickens and his fellow writer Wilkie Collins would determine to find out who killed her.

Who was Isabella blackmailing, and why? Led on by fragments of a journal discovered by Isabella’s friend Sesina, the two men track the murdered girl’s journeys from Greenwich to Snow Hill, from Smithfield Market to St Bartholomews, and put their wits to work on uncovering her past.

But what does Sesina know that she’s choosing not to tell them? And is she doomed to follow in the footsteps of the unfortunate Isabella …?


A surprising conclusion, coupled with vivid characters, authentic period details, and a constantly zigzagging plot, makes this a good choice for fans of historical murder mysteries


The real triumph is Harrison’s Dickens: sublimely conceited, short-tempered, self-dramatizing, often bombastic, and perfectly matched with the infinitely less self-assured Collins

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Cora Harrison

Cora Harrison has written over 50 book for adults and children, including the Burren mysteries. She lives near the Burren in the west of

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Season of Darkness by Cora Harrison is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278887611st July 2019145 X 221mm224$28.99
Hardback978072788876129th March 2019145 X 221mm224£20.99
Paperback978178029596125th May 2021140 X 218mm224$17.95
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