The Ring
by M.J. Trow

September, 1873. Private enquiry agents Matthew Grand and James Batchelor have been hired by timber merchant Selwyn Byng following the disappearance of his heiress wife. The only clue they have to go on is a badly spelled note demanding the princely sum of £5,000 if Byng is ever to see Emilia again. As the two investigators assess whether Byng has been telling them the whole truth, a second package brings an extremely unwelcome surprise.

At the same time, a human torso is found floating in the River Thames. Could there be a connection to Emilia Byng’s disappearance … ?


An engaging style and a gripping plot make this one a sure bet for historical-mystery fans


If you can imagine Dickens’s Our Mutual Friend as adapted by Gilbert and Sullivan, you have the gist of this medley of mystery and comedy

Library Journal

Welshman Trow is a veteran of the historical-mystery genre, and he knows to mix period details and distinctive characters in just the right proportions

Booklist on The Island

This will attract devotees of Ed Gorman’s series featuring Civil War–era Secret Service Agent Dev Mallory as well as fans of Michael Kilian’s “Harrison Raines” mysteries

Library Journal on The Angel

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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The Ring by M.J. Trow is available in the following formats

Paperback978178029590931st December 2019138 X 216mm224£13.99
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