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Table of Contents
 
 
THE VICTORIAN MYSTERY SERIES BY ROBIN PAIGE
 
DEATH AT BISHOP'S KEEP
... In their first encounter, Kate Ardleigh and Sir Charles
Sheridan pursue separate solutions to a deadly puzzle involving
an occult society whose membership includes Conan Doyle.
 
DEATH AT GALLOWS GREEN
... Kate and Sir Charles find themselves attracted to one
another as they rescue a kidnapped child and solve the mystery
of a policeman's brutal murder—along with the aid of Beatrix
Potter and Jemima Puddleduck.
 
DEATH AT DAISY'S FOLLY
... Kate and Sir Charles find murder, aristocratic corruption,
and romance at a countryhouse party held at the home of Daisy,
the Countess of Warwick, and attended by Daisy's lover, the
Prince of Wales.
 
DEATH AT DEVIL'S BRIDGE
... The Sheridans, newly married, host a promotional motorcar
and balloon race for Charles Rolls and Henry Royce (of Rolls-Royce
automotive fame). Amid the hoopla and high jinks of the
early days of the British motorcar industry, the murder of a
racing-car driver occurs.
 
DEATH AT ROTTINGDEAN
... Lord and Lady Sheridan, in the company of Rudyard
Kipling, seek a quiet holiday at a quaint seaside village where
they discover murder and a bizarre smuggling conspiracy.
 
MORE PRAISE FOR ROBIN PAIGE'S
VICTORIAN MYSTERIES ...
 
“Absolutely riveting ... An extremely articulate, genuine mystery, with well-drawn, compelling characters.”
—Meritorious Mysteries
 
“An adventure worth reading.”—
Romantic Times
The Victorian and Edwardian Mysteries by Robin Paige
DEATH AT BISHOP'S KEEP
DEATH AT GALLOWS GREEN
DEATH AT DAISY'S FOLLY
DEATH AT DEVIL'S BRIDGE
DEATH AT ROTTINGDEAN
DEATH AT WHITECHAPEL
DEATH AT EPSOM DOWNS
DEATH AT DARTMOOR
DEATH AT GLAMIS CASTLE
DEATH IN HYDE PARK
DEATH AT BLENHEIM PALACE
DEATH ON THE LIZARD
 
 
China Bayles Mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert
THYME OF DEATH
WITCHES' BANE
HANGMAN'S ROOT
ROSEMARY REMEMBERED
RUEFUL DEATH
LOVE LIES BLEEDING
CHILE DEATH
LAVENDER LIES
MISTLETOE MAN
BLOODROOT
INDIGO DYING
AN UNTHYMELY DEATH
A DILLY OF A DEATH
DEAD MAN'S BONES
BLEEDING HEARTS
 
CHINA BAYLES' BOOK OF DAYS
 
Beatrix Potter Mysteries by Susan Wittig Albert
 
THE TALE OF HILL TOP FARM
THE TALE OF HOLLY HOW
THE TALE OF CUCKOO BROW WOOD
 
Nonfiction books by Susan Wittig Albert
 
WRITING FROM LIFE
WORK OF HER OWN
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DEATH AT WHITECHAPEL
 
A Berkley Prime Crime Book / published by arrangement with the authors.
 
PRINTING HISTORY
Berkley Prime Crime mass-market edition / February 2000
 
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Acknowledgments
We are grateful to Ruby Hild and her late husband, Ron Hild, who introduced us to Dedham, the River Stour, and the beauties of Essex. Thanks, too, to the legion of Ripperologists without whose diligent research and imaginative speculations we could not have devised this plot. And thanks, as well, to the loyal readers who have encouraged us in the creation of these historical mysteries.
 
Robin Paige
a.k.a. Bill and Susan Albert
Cast of Characters
Lord Charles Sheridan, Baron of Somersworth
Lady Kathryn Ardleigh Sheridan, Baroness of Somersworth and mistress of Bishop's Keep
Jennie Jerome Churchill, Lady Randolph Churchill
Lieutenant Winston Churchill, Jennie's older son
George Cornwallis-West, Jennie's lover
Manfred Raeburn, managing editor of
The Anglo-Saxon
Review
Fredrick Abberline, Detective Inspector, Scotland Yard (retired)
Walter sickert, artist, Number 13 Robert Street
Bradford Marsden, master of Marsden Manor
Mr. Hodge, butler, Bishop's Keep
Sarah Pratt, cook, Bishop's Keep
Mary Plumm, kitchen maid, Bishop's Keep
Dick Pratt, Sarah's husband
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Dearest this is the only subject on which we ever fall out. If you only realised how little I have, & how impossible it is for me to get any more. I have raised all I can, & I assure you unless something extraordinary turns up I see ruin staring me in the face.
LADY RANDOLPH CHURCHILL to Winston Spencer Churchill 5 March, 1897
 
 
35A Great Cumberland Place, London 3 October, 1898
 
J
ennie Churchill opened the drawer of her writing desk and took out an envelope. Her mouth taut, dark brows pulled together, she counted the notes, feeling an enormous resentment, then sealed the envelope and addressed it, fiercely, to A. Byrd. She was done with it—until the next time.
The small black pug at her feet roused and looked up at her with an anxious expression, as if to ask what the matter was. The next time! Jennie picked up the little dog and held it close, rocking back and forth. “How much longer can this terrible thing go on, Caro?” she whispered. “And what in heaven's name shall I do if he asks for even more? How can I—”
There was a rap at the door, and it opened. A slender young man wearing the dress uniform of the 21st Lancers stood in the doorway, stick in one hand, helmet under his arm.
“Hello, Mama,” he said.
“Darling boy!” Jennie cried. She put the pug down and leaped to her feet, holding out her arms. “What a
relief
!”
“Dearest Mama!” Winston threw aside his helmet and stick, strode across the carpet. “How wonderful to see your face at last!”
The two could scarcely have looked at each other, however, so close was their embrace. Eventually, this emotional greeting gave way to holding each other at arm's length, each exclaiming how marvelous the other looked, then returning to the embrace again, and to more exclamations and more tears. After a time—a very long time—they seated themselves on the sofa, still quite close together. They made a striking pair: the son not yet twenty-four years of age, pale, with thin reddish-brown hair and his father's protuberant eyes; the dark, elegant mother, astoundingly youthful at forty-four and renowned as one of the great beauties of England.
“I cannot tell you, my dear, dear Winston,” Jennie said gravely, “how frightened I have been for you.” She pushed her heavy dark hair away from her face with a shudder. “Omdurman—even the name conjures up fears. The news of the attack was in
The Times
on that Friday. I waited all through the day, and the next, for your telegram, which didn't arrive until after luncheon on Sunday. Lady Grenfell sent word that the offensive against the fort had been successful and that we had suffered no casualties, but you can imagine my state.” She shook her head, making a wry face. “And to think how hard I worked to get around General Kitchener and get you posted to Egypt. And then, at the last, you had to pay your own expenses! I know it was your heart's desire, but if anything had happened to you, I should have blamed myself.”
“To be sure, Mama.” Winston smiled. “You left no wire unpulled and no cutlet uncooked to put me into the Expeditionary Force. I shall be eternally grateful to you for giving me my chance to join a significant action. But you know my luck in these things. At Omdurman, I was under fire all day and survived without a scratch, not even a rip in my sleeve.”
“Thank God for that,” Jennie said.
Winston made a dramatic gesture. “I am sorry to say, however, that I shot five men, perhaps seven—although out of ten thousand dead Dervishes I don't suppose my effort signifies. We lost only five officers and sixty-five men, but Colonel Rhodes was wounded and poor Hubert Howard was killed with a friendly shell. You cannot gild war. All the raw shows through.” He smiled faintly. “But I intend to settle down to writing another history—
The War for the Waterway,
I am calling it. You can read all the glorious details there.”
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