Lizzie Martin Series by Ann Granger
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Lizzie Martin Series
Lizzie Martin arrives in London in to be companion to her Aunt Parry. But on her way to the house, her cab is held up by a sad sight. The building of the new St Pancras station necessitates the demolition of the houses in the area, and in one of them a body has been discovered. Seeing the wagon with the sheeted corpse pass by is only the first shock awaiting Lizzie. Her predecessor as companion, she learns, disappeared in mysterious circumstances. Aunt Parry believes Miss Hexham eloped with an unsuitable man, so no one has investigated. But soon investigations are underway, led by a childhood acquaintance of Lizzie's, Ben Ross, now a police inspector based at Scotland Yard.
Since Granger comes from a historical fiction background, she combines historical fiction and crime mystery in the writing of the series to make for a gripping roller coaster of narratives that have gone on to become bestselling titles in the United States and the UK. The series are more of Victorian mysteries following the life of Lizzie Martin, a strong willed protagonist who works alongside her husband Ben Ross, a talented police detective in London. The series of novels is known as the Ben Ross series in the United States where Ben seems to take a more active role in investigating the mysteries as compared to the British edition.
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The gripping first novel in Ann Granger's stunning historical crime series set in the heart of Victorian London. It is when Lizzie Martin takes up the post of companion to a wealthy widow who is also a slum landlord. Lizzie is intrigued to learn that her predecessor as companion had disappeared, supposedly having run off with an unknown man. But when the girl's body is found in the rubble of one of the recently demolished slums around the prestigious new railway station at St Pancras, Lizzie begins to wonder exactly what has been going on. She has re-made the acquaintance of a childhood friend, now Inspector Benjamin Ross, and with his help starts to investigate, risking her life to unearth the truth about the death of a girl whose fate seems interlinked with her own. Ann Granger has lived in cities all over the world, since for many years she worked for the Foreign Office and received postings to British embassies as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. She is now permanently based in Oxfordshire.
Added by 18 of our members. It is March London is in the grip of fog and ice. But Scotland Yard's Inspector Ben Ross has more than the weather to worry about when the body of a young woman is found in a dustbin at the back of a Piccadilly restaurant. Ben must establish who the victim is before he can find out how and why she came to be there. His enquiries lead him first to a bootmaker in Salisbury and then to a landowner in Yorkshire.