"When the butcher supplying Sarah Tanner's Dining
and Coffee Rooms is accused of selling horse meat, and her premises are mobbed
by a gang of leering youths, the feisty proprietress sets out on the trail of
Her sleuthing brings her to the offices of the sot lawyer
Willmott, whose clerk, one of the aforementioned gang, is pilfering and peddling
dusty legal papers while the guv'nor snoozes.
The plot clots when Sarah's
former lover asks her for help with his aged mother and sick father, whom he
believes are being duped by their nurse. She turns out to be moonlighting as an
assistant to a practitioner of the drawing-room science of Mesmerism.
As ever, these seemingly unconnected
events are strands of the same mystery, but L M Jackson is deft with his
dovetailing, and it is a pleasure to follow Sarah as she outfoxes the
Daily Telegraph, 29th
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