A DEATH ALONG THE RIVER FLEET by Susanna Calkins / Historical Mystery / Released April 12, 2016 by Minotaur Books
It’s 1667 London and Lucy is crossing Holborn Bridge over the most vile portion of the River Fleet one morning when she encounters a distraught young woman, barely able to speak and clad only in a blood-spattered nightdress. The woman has no memory of who she is or what’s happened to her, and the townspeople believe she’s possessed. But Lucy is concerned for the woman’s well-being and takes her to a physician.
When, shockling, the woman is identified as the daughter of a nobleman, Lucy is asked to temporarily give up her book selling duties to discreetly serve as the woman’s companion while she remains under the physician’s care. As the woman slowly recovers, she begins – with Lucy’s help – to reconstruct the terrible events that led her to Holborn Bridge that morning.
But when it becomes clear the woman’s safety might still be at risk, Lucy becomes unwilling privy to a plot with far-reaching social implications, and she’ll have to decide how far she’s willing to go to protect the young woman in her care.
SUSANNA CALKINS became fascinated with seventeenth century England while pursuing her doctorate in British history and uses her fiction to explore this chaotic period. Originally from Philadelphia, Calkins now lives outside of Chicago with her husband and two sons. This is her fourth novel.