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Karen Odden

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Karen received her Ph.D. in English literature from New York University and subsequently taught at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Her first novel, A Lady in the Smoke, was a USA Today bestseller, and A Dangerous Duet and A Trace of Deceit have won awards for historical mystery and historical fiction. Her fourth mystery, Down a Dark River, introduces readers to Michael Corravan, a former thief and bare-knuckles boxer from Whitechapel who has become a Scotland Yard inspector in 1878 London. The sequel, Under a Veiled Moon, is available now in hardback, e-book, and audiobook.

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Karen Odden You're not the first to ask! Right now I'm working on my next book, THE PIANO GIRL OF SOHO, about a young woman pianist in 1875 London, who dresses as…moreYou're not the first to ask! Right now I'm working on my next book, THE PIANO GIRL OF SOHO, about a young woman pianist in 1875 London, who dresses as a man to perform in a music hall at night. Once that is finalized, I can start another ... and my editor has been nudging me to consider a new book about Paul and Elizabeth. I need to research around, figure out if I feel able to write a book set in 1875 America. It's very different than 1870s London!
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Karen Odden Hi Samantha, Yes, I have two books with my agent right now, and it looks like at least one of them is going to be published. One is about a young woma…moreHi Samantha, Yes, I have two books with my agent right now, and it looks like at least one of them is going to be published. One is about a young woman in London in 1875 who cross-dresses to play piano in a music hall in order to fund her education--and stumbles into a mystery involving the music hall and the people who work there. The other is an historical police procedural, set in Scotland Yard in 1878; a beautiful, wealthy dead girl floats down the Thames in a boat one morning, and Inspector Michael Corravan, a former bare-knuckles boxer from Whitechapel, has to figure out why. The first one is more like LADY than the second, but I hope I've kept the kinds of characters, the atmosphere, and the research people seemed to like in my first book. Thanks for asking! :)(less)
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Scotland Yard Scandal of 1877

Most people think of Scotland Yard as the elite organization within the Metropolitan Police. But in the autumn of 1877, Chief Inspectors Nathaniel Druscovich, William Palmer, and George Clark, and Inspector John Meiklejohn were all put on trial for corruption and fraud–specifically, taking bribes, colluding with a trio of con men who had stolen thousands of pounds (about $2.2 million in today's mo Read more of this blog post »
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“Disgust is often the handmaiden of fear, don’t you think?”
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“Mr. Flynn took it and studied the carving on the handle; then, with a gleam in his eyes, he handed the umbrella to me. On one side of the handle was a carved portcullis, the symbol of the”
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