London, 1903. Two women are hanged in Holloway Prison for killing babies.
More than thirty years later, Josephine Tey sets out to write a novel about Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious Finchley baby farmers.
Meanwhile, her friend, Inspector Archie Penrose is investigating the sadistic murder of a young seamstress, found dead in the Motley sisters' studio, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala.
The girl's death seems to be the result of a long-standing domestic feud, but Archie is unconvinced; and when a second young woman is involved in an horrific accident soon afterwards, the search begins for a vicious killer who will stop at nothing to keep the past where it belongs.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 496 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 03/02/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780571246359