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    • ISBN:9781472126580
    • Publication date:06 Sep 2018
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The Blood

What secrets lie aboard?

By E. S. Thomson

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A literary thriller set in Victorian London, highly atmospheric and darkly Gothic, featuring a woman in disguise in a man's world who hides another terrible secret...

'Love evocative descriptions of Victorian London and brilliant plotting? Then grab a copy of this!' Rebecca Griffiths, author of The Primrose Path

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A world of secrets, murder and betrayal lie behind the London waterfront . . .

Summoned to the riverside by the desperate, scribbled note of an old friend, Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain find themselves on board the seamen's floating hospital, an old hulk known only as The Blood, where prejudice, ambition and murder seethe beneath a veneer of medical respectability.

On shore, a young woman, a known prostitute, is found drowned in a derelict boatyard. A man leaps to his death into the Thames, driven mad by poison and fear. The events are linked - but how? Courting danger in the opium dens and brothels of the waterfront, certain that the Blood lies at the heart of the puzzle, Jem and Will embark on a quest to uncover the truth. In a hunt that takes them from the dissecting tables of a private anatomy school to the squalor of the dock-side mortuary, they find themselves involved in a dark and terrible mystery.

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Praise for E.S. Thomson

'Meticulously researched and masterfully plotted, E.S. Thomson has written a complex, harrowing and highly enjoyable tale' Daily Express

'Here's a tale of Victorian London to freeze your blood on a cold winter's night' Evening Telegraph

'Jem Flockhart's London is vivid, pungent and perilous. The Blood takes you to places you will love to picture but be grateful you can't smell' Chris Brookmyre

'E. S. Thompson's Jem Flockhart books are the best I've read in years. Jem is just my kind of heroine: scarred, smart, complex, and unapologetically queer' Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers

'It's rare that a book is Gothic enough for me, but Beloved Poison is killing it. The blood, the bones, the crumbling hospital . . .' Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions

'Jem Flockhart is a marvel . . . This vivid journey into the dark side of the human soul is a thoroughly engrossing tale' Mary Paulson Ellis, author of The Other Mrs Walker

'Deliciously dark and vividly atmospheric, menace oozes from every page. Terrific for lovers of historical noir' Saga

'A first class piece of historical crime writing' Big Issue

A marvellous, vivid book ... immaculately researched and breathtakingly dark' Janet Ellis, author of The Butcher's Hook

'[E.S. Thomson] absorbed us totally in the grimly fascinating world of floating hospital ship 'The Blood' moored downstream from London docks. Meticulously researched, you're guaranteed the 'feel' - if not the smell - of Victorian London' Roving Reviewer in the Nairnshire Telegraph

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  • ISBN: 9781472126566
  • Publication date: 05 Apr 2018
  • Page count: 384
  • Imprint: Constable
Here's a tale of Victorian London to freeze your blood on a cold winter's night — Alex Gordon, Evening Telegraph on Beloved Poison
Beloved Poison is a marvellous, vivid book with a thoughtful, engaging protagonist at its centre - and a fascinating story to tell. It's immaculately researched and breathtakingly dark. Elaine Thomson's descriptive powers are so great that that I was surprised to see twenty-first century London rather than grimy, smelly St Saviour's around me when I - eventually - looked up from its pages — Janet Ellis, author of The Butcher’s Hook
Following on from the events of acclaimed debut Beloved Poison, Dark Asylum vividly portrays the Gothic horror and questionable science of Victorian mental asylums in chilling detail. Meticulously researched and masterfully plotted, E.S. Thomson has written a complex, harrowing and highly enjoyable tale — Daily Express
Dark Asylum positively oozes gothic menace, and the author's evocation of the city at that time is visceral and engagingly morbid . . . A first class piece of historical crime writing — Doug Johnstone, Big Issue
You can almost feel the evil miasma rising from the page — Kirkus Reviews on Beloved Poison
This outstanding debut historical enthrals with its meticulously researched details — Library Journal on Beloved Poison
From the first page to the last, I enjoyed every brilliantly written, and often hideous, detail ... A splendid read — Cambridge Magazine on Beloved Poison
A historical novel to be savoured — Lesley McDowell, The National on Beloved Poison
Meticulously researched and masterfully plotted, E S Thomson has written a complex, harrowing and highly enjoyable tale. — Daily Express
ES Thompson's Jem Flockhart books are the best I've read in years. Jem is just my kind of heroine: scarred, smart, complex, and unapologetically queer — Kirsty Logan, author of The Gracekeepers
Jem Flockhart's London is vivid, pungent and perilous. The Blood takes you to places you will love to picture but be grateful you can't smell — Chris Brookmyre
Jem Flockhart is a marvel. Cautious yet daring, a pursuer of the truth yet steeped in deceit herself, she is the best kind of detective - flawed, clever, conflicted, principled and determined to get to the bottom of whatever mystery comes her way. Her latest foray into the filth and grime of 1840s London is an atmospheric dissection of prejudice past and present set aboard a decaying hospital ship. With snakes, pox, strange tattoos and the scent of Henbane in our nostrils, this vivid journey into the dark side of the human soul is a thoroughly engrossing tale. — Mary Paulson Ellis, author of The Other Mrs Walker
Deliciously dark and vividly atmospheric, menace oozes from every page. Terrific for lovers of historical noir — Saga
Love evocative descriptions of Victorian London and brilliant plotting? Then grab a copy of this! — Rebecca Griffiths, author of The Primrose Path
It's rare that a book is Gothic enough for me, but Beloved Poison is killing it. The blood, the bones, the crumbling hospital . . . — Laura Purcell, author of The Silent Companions
Dark and vividly imagined, this Jem Flockhart mystery captures the squalor of Victorian London as it tells an engrossing story of medical misdeeds — Choice Magazine
. . . a tale of darkest London in the 1850s. This fine novel, featuring a most unusual detective, blends Victorian melodrama and historical reality — Sunday Express
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