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Cleopatra's Dagger

by Carole Lawrence

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Cleopatra's Dagger by Carole Lawrence
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  • Published Apr 2022
    364 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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A journalist in nineteenth-century New York matches wits with a serial killer in a gripping thriller by the prizewinning author of the Ian Hamilton Mysteries.

New York, 1880. Elizabeth van den Broek is the only female reporter at the Herald, the city's most popular newspaper. Then she and her bohemian friend Carlotta Ackerman find a woman's body wrapped like a mummy in a freshly dug hole in Central Park―the intended site of an obelisk called Cleopatra's Needle. The macabre discovery takes Elizabeth away from the society pages to follow an investigation into New York City's darkest shadows.

When more bodies turn up, each tied to Egyptian lore, Elizabeth is onto a headline-making scoop more sinister than she could have imagined. Her reporting has readers spellbound, and each new clue implicates New York's richest and most powerful citizens. And a serial killer is watching every headline.

Now a madman with an indecipherable motive is coming after Elizabeth and everyone she loves. She wants a good story? She may have to die to get it.

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"Set in 1880 Manhattan, this excellent whodunit from Lawrence (the Ian Hamilton mysteries) stars Elizabeth van den Broek, the New York Herald's only female reporter...Elizabeth's sleuthing never strains credulity, and Lawrence makes New York City come alive with numerous colorful details...Fans of Victoria Thompson's Gaslight mysteries will hope for a sequel." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"The complex, intrepid feminist heroine bodes well for future installments." - Kirkus Reviews

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Carole Lawrence

Carole Lawrence is an award-winning novelist, poet, composer, and playwright. In addition to Edinburgh Twilight, Edinburgh Dusk, and Edinburgh Midnight in the Ian Hamilton Mysteries series, she has authored novellas, short stories, and poems―many of them translated internationally. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry and has won the Euphoria Poetry Prize, the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award, the Maxim Mazumdar playwriting prize, the Jerry Jazz Musician award for short fiction, and the Chronogram Literary Fiction Award. Her plays and musicals have been produced in several countries, as well as on NPR; her physics play, Strings, nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award, was produced at the Kennedy Center. A Hawthornden Fellow, she is on the faculty of NYU and Gotham Writers Workshop, as well as the Cape Cod Writers Center and San Miguel Writers' Conference. She enjoys hiking, biking, horseback riding, and hunting for wild mushrooms.

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