By Caro Peacock
Private investigator Liberty Lane faces the main hard case of her occupation during this soaking up secret - London, 1840. inner most investigator Liberty faces a conundrum whilst her more youthful brother Tom, an East India corporation worker, is without warning summoned to London to provide facts at an reliable enquiry into the homicide of a prosperous merchant’s assistant, stumbled on together with his throat lower en path to Bombay. A connection among the lifeless guy and escalating rows with China over the profitable opium exchange has triggered the govt. problem. Can Liberty resolve a homicide that came about six months formerly virtually 5 thousand miles away?
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