The Serpent and the Scorpion
An Ursula Marlow Mystery
ISBN 9780143113393 | 304 pages | 30 Sep 2008 | Penguin | 8.26 x 5.23in | 18 - AND UP
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A gripping mystery of scandal and intrigue starring a spirited and beautiful Edwardian heiress“ Langley-Hawthorne follows in the pertly trod path set by Jacqueline Winspear. . . . Consequences of Sin is more Dorothy Sayers than CSI, which isn’t a bad thing at all.”
It’s the end of 1911 and Ursula Marlow, struggling to maintain control over her father’s textile empire, finds her business trip to Egypt interrupted by two violent deaths. The first victim is her new friend, Katya—the mysterious wife of a wealthy Russian financier. Then when a young woman dies in a fire in one of Ursula’s factories just days later, she returns to investigate and discovers the woman was already dead before the fire started. Driven by her need for justice, the headstrong Ursula is determined to unravel the possible connection between the two deaths, the return of her Bolshevik ex-lover, and disturbing events in the Middle East. The Serpent and the Scorpion is a tale of romance, betrayal, and murder that will appeal to fans of Elizabeth Peters, Dorothy L. Sayers, and Jacqueline Winspear.
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