The Outcast Girls
by Alys Clare

Private investigators Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham get more than they bargain for when they take on a case in a girls’ boarding school, in the latest World’s End Bureau Victorian mystery.

London, 1881
. Lily Raynor, owner of the World’s End Investigation Bureau, is growing increasingly worried. Work is drying up, finances are tight and she cannot find enough for her sole employee, Felix Wilbraham, to do. So when schoolteacher Georgiana Long arrives, with a worrying tale of runaway pupils, it seems like the answer to her prayers. The case is an interesting one, and what could be less perilous than a trip to a girls’ boarding school, out in the Fens?

Disguised as the new Assistant Matron, Lily joins the Shardlowes School staff, while Felix – suppressing his worries about his cool, calm employer – remains behind. But there are undercurrents at Shardlowes, and the shadowy, powerful men who fund the school’s less fortunate pupils loom larger as Felix’s own investigations unfold. Felix can’t shake off his fear that Lily is in danger – and soon, his premonitions come frighteningly true . . .


Chilling … Anne Perry fans will want to check this out

Publishers Weekly

Mystery and social commentary combine in a heartbreaking and sadly relevant tale

Kirkus Reviews

Impressive . . . the solid plotting, colorful Victorian settings, and fun detective duo bode well for future instalments

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Engaging, dark, atmospheric, and, at times, quite charming and humorous . . . A fine choice for all mystery collections

Booklist on The Woman Who Spoke to Spirits

The author’s writing style, likable characters, and intriguing plot will draw in readers . . . Recommended for historical and traditional mystery lovers

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Alys Clare

Alys Clare lives in the English countryside where her novels are set. She went to school in Tonbridge and later studied English and psychology at the University of Keele and archaeology at the University of Kent. She is the author of the Aelf Fen, Hawkenlye, World’s End Bureau and Gabriel Taverner historical mystery series.

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The Outcast Girls by Alys Clare is available in the following formats

Hardback978072789045030th September 2020147 X 225mm256£21.99
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