Season of darkness / Cora Harrison.

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      Summary: "When Inspector Field shows his friend Charles Dickens the body of a young woman dragged from the River Thames, he cannot have foreseen that the famous author would immediately recognize the victim as Isabella Gordon, a housemaid he had tried to help through his charity. Nor that Dickens and his fellow writer Wilkie Collins would determine to find out who killed her. Who was Isabella blackmailing, and why? Led on by fragments of a journal discovered by Isabella's friend Sesina, the two men track the murdered girl's journeys from Greenwich to Snow Hill, from Smithfield Market to St Bartholomews, and put their wits to work on uncovering her past. But what does Sesina know that she's choosing not to tell them? And is she doomed to follow in the footsteps of the unfortunate Isabella?"--Publisher.
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    • ABNT:
      HARRISON, C. Season of darkness. [s.l.] : Severn House, 2019. Disponível em: . Acesso em: 18 nov. 2019.
    • AMA:
      Harrison C. Season of Darkness. Severn House; 2019. Accessed November 18, 2019.
    • APA:
      Harrison, C. (2019). Season of darkness. Severn House. Retrieved from
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Harrison, Cora. 2019. Season of Darkness. A Gaslight Mystery. Severn House.
    • Harvard:
      Harrison, C. (2019) Season of darkness. Severn House (A gaslight mystery). Available at: (Accessed: 18 November 2019).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Harrison, C 2019, Season of darkness, A gaslight mystery, Severn House, viewed 18 November 2019, .
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      Harrison, Cora. Season of Darkness. Severn House, 2019. EBSCOhost,
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Harrison, Cora. Season of Darkness. A Gaslight Mystery. Severn House, 2019.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Harrison C. Season of darkness [Internet]. Severn House; 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 18]. (A gaslight mystery). Available from:


Booklist Reviews 2019 May #1

Famous author and amateur sleuth Charles Dickens has struck up an unlikely friendship with budding writer Wilkie Collins, whose ambition is to become the next Dickens. But before that can happen, the pair are drawn into a tragic murder case in which the victim, Isabella, was a former resident of Urania Cottage, a home for young women down on their luck and of which Dickens is a patron. The rebellious Isabella left the cottage with her friend Sesina, and the pair found jobs as maids in a London boarding house. The night she died, Isabella told Sesina she was going to meet a man who would give her the life she had always dreamed of having. Of all the cases in which Dickens has been involved, this is one of the most byzantine. Just when he and Collins think they know who Isabella's killer is, they find they've been lured into pursuing false leads. A surprising conclusion, coupled with vivid characters, authentic period details, and a constantly zigzagging plot, makes this a good choice for fans of historical murder mysteries. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2019 May #2

Set in Victorian London, this series launch from Harrison (the Burren series) lacks her usual inventiveness. Insp. Charles Field, the inspiration for Bleak House's Inspector Bucket, invites authors Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins to the morgue to view the body of a young woman who was strangled and thrown into the Thames. To Dickens's horror, he recognizes the victim as Isabella Gordon, who once lived in Urania Cottage, the home Dickens set up for ex-con women to be trained in preparation for a new life in Australia. Gordon was booted out of the program two years earlier for being a troublemaker, and Collins and Dickens resolve to solve her murder. They get some information from Isabella's friend Sesina, who left the halfway house right after Isabella. Sesina, who was working as a servant with Isabella, says that her friend left two nights earlier to meet someone, but doesn't reveal that Isabella set up the assignation with blackmail on her mind. The plot doesn't generate much steam, and other authors have done a better job of depicting Dickens and Collins as sleuths. Agent: Peter Buckman, Ampersand Agency (U.K.). (July)

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