Watchers of the Dead
by Simon Beaufort

An escaped assassin. A group of cannibals on the run. A threatening letter. Newspaper reporter Alec Lonsdale is on the case in this compelling Victorian mystery.

“All Londoners will see what the Watchers are capable of on Christmas Eve …”

December 1882. Attending the opening of the new Natural History Museum, Pall Mall Gazette reporter Alec Lonsdale and his colleague Hulda Friederichs are shocked to discover a body in the basement, hacked to death. Suspicion immediately falls on a trio of cannibals, brought over from the Congo as museum exhibits, who have disappeared without trace.

Alec however has his doubts – especially when he discovers that three other influential London men have been similarly murdered. When he and Hulda discover a letter in the victim’s home warning of a catastrophic event planned for Christmas Eve, the pair find themselves in a race against time to discover who exactly the Watchers are and what it is they want …


“A suspenseful story full of surprises, engaging characters, and an intriguing look at life in Victorian London”


“Beaufort’s second puzzle for his journalist sleuths is thronged with real-life characters and almost too many twists and turns for comfort”

Kirkus Reviews

Simon Beaufort

Simon Beaufort is the pseudonym of Susanna Gregory and Beau Riffenburgh when they write jointly. Together they have written eight Geoffrey Mappestone novels and contributed to several Medieval Murderer books. In recent years, they have ventured into more modern times – the two Alec Lonsdale novels take place in Victorian London and The Nimrod Murders is set in Edwardian London, while The Murder House takes place in 21st century Bristol and The Killing Ship in the modern-day Antarctic.

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Watchers of the Dead by Simon Beaufort is available in the following formats

Hardback - Large Print978072789226330th September 2019143 X 222mm384£23.99
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