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London, 1893. Elderly Mrs. Bentley is on her deathbed, and her son Robert has returned from France. But in the Bentleys’ well-appointed home, everyone has their secrets, including Robert’s beautiful and elusive wife, the orphan maid she hires from the country, and the mysterious young woman who arrives, claiming to be the bride of Robert’s drowned brother.

Robert is quickly developing a reputation in anthropometry, the nascent science of identifying criminals by body measurements. Yet soon he is caught up in the deceptions swirling around him, for no one under his roof is quite what they seem. When an intruder enters the house and ransacks the study, a chain of events is set in motion that threatens not only the genteel, comfortable life the Bentleys have managed to secure but also their very survival.

A fascinating portrayal of a vanished England as well as an unconventional mystery, The Dark Lantern exposes the grand “upstairs” of a Victorian home and the darker underbelly of its servants’ quarters. The clash between the classes makes for a suspenseful novel of mistaken identities, intriguing women, and dangerous deceptions.

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The clash between the genteel "upstairs" and servant "downstairs" and the dark secrets of two women turn the nineteenth-century London household of the Bentley family upside down, in an atmospheric tale of mistaken identity, dangerous deception, and mystery, set against the backdrop of Victorian England. 40,000 first printing.

Synopsis:

Extremely atmospheric-reminded me of Sarah Water's Fingersmith--yet the period detail does not obscure the narrative tension. I loved the various story lines of upstairs and downstairs life, and the way the twists and turns of the plot were interwoven to keep me guessing-and reading.

--Janet Gleeson, author of The Thief Taker

I loved this novel Victorian England comes to life in rich and minutely imagined detail. Gerri Brightwell masterfully combines historical fiction with mystery, and the result is a page-turner so compelling you won't want to put it down.

--Michelle Moran, national bestselling author of Nefertiti

A hypnotic spell of a novel-The Dark Lantern resurrects a Victorian London with dirt under its nails. Dawning criminology is a hazardous business, but nothing compared to the tangle of secrets in a gentleman's home, where do

About the Author

GERRI BRIGHTWELL was born in England. She has a doctorate in literature from the University of Minnesota.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307409676
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Crown Publishing Group
Author:
Brightwell, Gerri
Author:
Gerri Brightwell
Subject:
Fiction : Historical - General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Impostors and imposture
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
London (england)
Subject:
Women domestics
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Audio Books-Mystery
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20080304
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
321

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The Dark Lantern: A Novel
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Product details 321 pages Crown Publishing Group - English 9780307409676 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The clash between the genteel "upstairs" and servant "downstairs" and the dark secrets of two women turn the nineteenth-century London household of the Bentley family upside down, in an atmospheric tale of mistaken identity, dangerous deception, and mystery, set against the backdrop of Victorian England. 40,000 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Extremely atmospheric-reminded me of Sarah Water's Fingersmith--yet the period detail does not obscure the narrative tension. I loved the various story lines of upstairs and downstairs life, and the way the twists and turns of the plot were interwoven to keep me guessing-and reading.

--Janet Gleeson, author of The Thief Taker

I loved this novel Victorian England comes to life in rich and minutely imagined detail. Gerri Brightwell masterfully combines historical fiction with mystery, and the result is a page-turner so compelling you won't want to put it down.

--Michelle Moran, national bestselling author of Nefertiti

A hypnotic spell of a novel-The Dark Lantern resurrects a Victorian London with dirt under its nails. Dawning criminology is a hazardous business, but nothing compared to the tangle of secrets in a gentleman's home, where do

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