The Cry of the Hangman
by Susanna Calkins

Murder always sells. But when a series of dark and puzzling crimes takes place in seventeenth-century London, will printer’s apprentice Lucy Campion be publishing the news – or starring in it?

London, 1667. Printer’s apprentice Lucy Campion is unsettled when, on a frozen December morning after church, an elderly woman dressed in mourning clothes whispers an ominous warning in her ear.

Lucy sternly tells herself it’s nonsense, but then her much-loved former master, Magistrate Hargrave, is viciously attacked with a brass hourglass during a break-in. But what exactly was the intruder searching for? And why did they first stop to steal a piece of Cook’s lamb and lentil pie?

The puzzling case is just the start of a series of dark, bizarre crimes. Lucy’s determined to uncover the truth and see that justice is done. But someone is equally determined to stop her – whatever it takes.

This page-turning historical mystery set in Renaissance London is a great choice for readers who like their heroines lively, their mysteries twisty and their historical settings brimming with authenticity.


“A crisply written, cleverly plotted, and nicely detailed historical mystery, with a lively heroine and a satisfying ending”

Booklist on The Sign of the Gallows

“Lavish period detail, romantic tension, and a complex puzzle make the heroine’s fifth adventure one of her best”

Kirkus Reviews on The Sign of the Gallows

“Calkins makes fine use of advances in mathematics and cryptography of this period, while also drawing in the chaos of the Great Fire and plague in London as agents of change in society. For anyone interested in 17th-century England, this mystery is a treat”

Publishers Weekly on The Sign of the Gallows

“An involving tale. Solid historical mystery, with intriguing hints about the future”

Booklist on A Death Along the River Fleet

“A nice option for devotees of Anne Rutherford and Samuel Thomas

Library Journal on A Death Along the River Fleet

“An enjoyably complex mystery with a clever heroine neatly interweaves detailed historical background with fascinating characters”

Kirkus Reviews on A Death Along the River Fleet

Susanna Calkins

Susanna Calkins is the author of the award-winning Lucy Campion mystery series, set in seventeenth century London, and the Speakeasy mysteries, set in Prohibition-era Chicago. She has a PhD in history and works at the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science . Born and raised in Philadelphia, she currently lives in the Chicago area with her husband and two sons.

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The Cry of the Hangman by Susanna Calkins is available in the following formats

Hardback97807278503312nd November 2021147 X 225mm240$28.99
Hardback978072785033126th August 2021147 X 225mm240£20.99
Ebook97814483055821st October 2021N/A240$14.99
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