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The Dead Woman of Deptford

(Lizzie Martin #6)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  135 ratings  ·  24 reviews
THE DEAD WOMAN OF DEPTFORD is the sixth Inspector Ben Ross mystery set in Victorian London from much-loved crime writer Ann Granger.

On a cold November night in a Deptford yard, dock worker Harry Parker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman. Inspector Ben Ross is summoned from Scotland Yard to this insalubrious part of town, but no witness to the murder of this
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published October 18th 2016 by Headline (first published June 30th 2016)
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Dec 28, 2016 rated it it was ok
Giving this 2-2.5 stars. Pretty light, not particularly memorable. Stock character types, not particularly riveting mystery, and only minimal social commentary.

This book was good, however, as kind of a mental flush in between good books and heavier fare.
Another good Ann Granger novel. I like the alternating chapters between Inspector Ross and Elizabeth Martin Ross.
May 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
All the Victorian material, and of necessity there is a lot, rings true, including the reactions of the gently raised women. The hysteria! the crying! the fainting! What a good thing we got rid of corsets. The difference between Lizzie and Britannia (imagine naming a girl Britannia, you could never live up to it) is made so very clear. They both reason out their situations but Lizzie is on the comfortable side of the economic divide while Britannia sees nothing but starvation and shame as her ...more
Nov 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting historical murder mystery, with detective from Scotland Yard investigating at request of Deptford police. Interesting characters and plot which, unbeknownst to the detective, will cross over into his family life. This is the first book I have read in this series, or likely any by this author.

My interest was further piqued by an earlier visit to London, so some of the places brought back memories. I might read other books in the series.
Arthur Okun
Nov 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been transported to London. The time:Mid 19 century.
Inspector Ross is faced with the murder of Mrs. Clifford,a lady of means.
Her maid Britannia doesn't know how it happened,but did see someone.
The prose made feel as if Charles Dickens was writing this novel.
Ross and his wife Elizabeth "Lizzie.who plays detective are faced with
another murdered vicim.
An enjoyable old fashion English murder novel.
My second Inspector Ross Mystery. Again Lizzie has to assistant family members after a member of her family-to-be is accused of murder, or is he? Really enjoying the different stories of Ben and Lizzie through the book. It's amazing the amount of tea they drank in the victorian era.

This sis a series I strongly recommend.
Oct 16, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting who dunnit based in Victorian London, South London to be exact. All recognisable venues, likeable characters and a quick read. Took half the book to start to think who the murderer was.
Yorky Caz
Dec 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very good book. Liked the characters and as usually got very involved feeling bad for the baddies....
Aug 17, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Good light read - not so much comment on the social mores of the time as other titles in the series.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really liked the characters and the switching perspectives between Ben and Lizzie. The atmosphere was really immersive too. Definitely will look into the others in the series
May 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Ruth Ellis
Aug 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent story enjoyed it slow start warming up as story unfurls a must read
Jun 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
The usual good story for this enjoyable series.
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
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Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another excellent Victorian era murder mystery.

Interesting characters, and equally interesting plot made for a really enjoyable read.
Dec 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Pretty average thriller - easy to read when you’re multi tasking!
Mar 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyable victorian murder mystery. Middle of the series. I haven't read the others (yet), but that didn't result in any problems. It could stand on its own.
P.D.R. Lindsay
Ann Granger is known for her detective series. The Dead Woman of Deptford is the sixth in a Victorian series. Readers of Anne Perry will probably enjoy this. It is similar in its use of the husband as detective and the wife as intelligent helper, but this time the wife is not welcomed as a helper. However the novel is not a copy of a Perry novel. This novel has more a lower middle class background with the detective work involving the working class. The style of writing is also unlike Perry's ...more
Aug 11, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A dock worker stumbles upon the body of a dead woman in mid 19th Century London. Inspector Ben Ross from Scotland Yard is sent to find the murdered. A tale of scandal, social position, poverty and life in winter in London in the 1850s .
Rog Harrison
I actually read the hardback edition published by Headline but Goodreads won't let me create that edition.

This is a cosy story featuring a Victorian Scotland Yard detective and his wife Lizzie. It's a charming tale with elements of humour and social commentary.
Nov 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Rather amusing. I hadn't read any earlier ones in this series. I did enjoy the various London locations mentioned, all close to where we have been.
A nice historical mystery.
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Ann Granger (born 1939) has worked in British embassies in various parts of the world. She met her husband, who was also working for the British Embassy, in Prague and together they received postings to places as far apart as Munich and Lusaka. They are now permanently based in Oxfordshire.

Her first novels were historical romances published under the nom de plume Ann Hulme.

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