By Christine Trent
Queen Victoria, nonetheless mourning her long-dead husband Prince Albert, has stumbled on solace in John Brown, an enigmatic palace servant who dabbles within the occult and retains the grieving queen entertained along with his tarot card readings. Undertaker Violet Harper is invited to wait one among Mr. Brown's notorious readings, in which he signifies that Buckingham Palace will quickly be shrouded in death's darkish veil. good accustomed to dying, Violet shrugs him off as a charlatan--until his sinister divinations start to turn out precise. . .
Violet wonders if whatever foul is within the playing cards while the aristocratic younger buddies of the queen's daughter start to die lower than mysterious situations. Her suspicions in simple terms develop while one among London's "moralists," a bunch bent on repealing the legislations that forces prostitutes into hospitals, suffers an analogous destiny. The deaths in simple terms buttress the queen's enthusiasm for Mr. Brown's ominous abilities, and, involved through the fortuneteller's effect, Violet races opposed to time to unearth the reality ahead of the killer moves back. yet as she closes in on a assassin with an unearthly cause, Violet realizes she will be digging her personal grave. . .
By turns heartwrenching and hopeful, A Virtuous demise is a gripping story of fortitude besieged via vengeance contained in the outstanding international of Queen Victoria's court docket.
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In the short time that is left to me I must endeavour to correct those little flaws that might naturally result from a too-careless indulgence, lest her husband be appalled at her headstrong nature. Albert was undoubtedly appealing to the child, particularly after Vicky went off to her Prussian marriage—but I may say her father delighted perhaps too much in their conversations. Alice is clever, you see; and Albert encouraged her to put herself forward to an unbecoming degree. ” She straightened—her head lifted from her black-gloved hands— her crinoline swung, bell-like, as she rose from her knees—eyes trained on the altar.
I cannot say. His failure to betray the slightest suffering has utterly closed my heart to him. I do not think I can bear to be in the same room with my son. The betting in the clubs was odds-on for the Old Man’s rallying. Dear God—and the Old Man was all of forty-two. . qxp 10/23/07 8:36 AM Page 43 CHAPTER EIGHT A ssaulted ? in your chambers ? ” He had run Georgiana to earth at last, after a fruitless interval at her home in Russell Square, spent pacing before the drawing room fire and fingering the calling cards he found there.
If you will excuse me, Mr. . ” “Ah. ” Fitzgerald’s fist clenched. ” Von Stühlen’s lips pursed in amusement. “The Irish are a race known for wild imagination. No doubt you conjured up this . . palisade. A phantasm of shock. ” He reached in his purse and tossed Fitzgerald a shilling. “Buy yourself another, by all means. ” “Von Stühlen! ” Georgiana’s voice. She was poised on the stairs, swaying as though she might faint, a bandage tied round her head. The German Count’s face flushed red, then drained white.
A Virtuous Death by Christine Trent