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The House on Vesper Sands

by Paraic O'Donnell

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The House on Vesper Sands by Paraic O'Donnell
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    Jan 2021, 408 pages

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Set in 1893, The House on Vesper Sands is a neo-Victorian murder mystery involving the death of a seamstress and a series of mysterious disappearances, investigated by the acerbic Inspector Cutter and his amateur assistant Gideon Bliss.

When The House on Vesper Sands begins, the reader meets Esther Tull, a seamstress reporting to her employer's house on a wintry night in London, 1893. By chapter's end she has sewn a cryptic message into her skin ("MY SOUL DOTH MAGNIFY THE LORD") and jumped to her death from a second-story window. The narrative then shifts to Gideon Bliss, a young theology student from Cambridge. Gideon has just arrived in London to meet with his uncle, only to discover that he has mysteriously vanished.

Enter Inspector Cutter, an irascible Scotland Yard detective who lives in the same boarding house as Gideon's uncle. Cutter is assigned to investigate the death of Esther Tull, and Gideon, tagging along under the pretense of being a sergeant in training, accompanies him with an agenda of his own. He wants to get to the bottom of his uncle's disappearance, but also that of Angela Tatton, a young woman...

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