Death and the Harlot: A Lizzie Hardwicke Novel
The year is 1759 and London is shrouded in a cloak of fear. With the constables at the mercy of highwaymen, it’s a perilous time to work the already dangerous streets of Soho. Lizzie Hardwicke makes her living as a prostitute, somewhat protected from the fray as o...more
This is London 1759 - and when wealthy cloth merchant George Reed, (a client at Mrs Farley’s brothel) is found murdered shortly after his visit there, it’s Lizzie Hardwicke, one of Mrs Farley’s ‘girls‘, who had entertained Reed that night, who becomes the prime suspect.
Magistrate’s Investigator Constable William Davenport doesn’t believe Lizzie when she tells him that she wasn’t responsible f ...more
A truly gripping story that is full of historical atmosphere and a devilish plot. Death and the Harlot is a wonderful debut novel from a very talented new thriller writer, Georgina Clarke. The main character, Lizzie Hardwicke, is unconventional, audacious and clever. Lizzie’s background is mysterious and considering this is London in 1759, she can read, write and speak several languages. What she doesn’t conceal is the fact that she’s working as a prostitute in a brothel run by Ma Fa ...more
Lizzie Hardwicke is a prostitute living in a bawdy house and that leads to meeting many unsavory visitors. She is a strong protagonist and is determined to make the most of her situation. She also has a heart of gold and that made her incredibly endearing.
When a wealthy customer is found murdered and Lizzie was the last to be seen with him, she is determined to become an amateur detective. She soon starts uncovering lies and secrets ...more
Georgian London 1759, Miss Lizzie Hardwicke is a working girl, a prostitute, working for Madame Farley who employs girls to entertain the menfolk of London. After an evening with wealthy businessman George Reed, a cloth merchant from Norwich, Lizzie is eager to get rid of him so invites him to the masked ball the brothel is holding the next day as long as he leaves immediately.
Whilst at the ball George comes across a young woman who is staying ...more
Lizzie Hardwick is not a Lady solving crimes in her spare time between tea and balls. Lizzie is a sex worker in 1759, working for one of the Madams, so she has a roof over her head and food in her belly. After one encounter with a John, who was also a traveling merchant, she becomes embroiled in his murder. Lizzie was the last to see the murdered man, and Bow Street Runner, Constable William Davenport while suspicious has no evidence to take her in. Lizzie is not one t ...more
Georgina Clarke has a hit on her hands. Death and the Harlot was so easy to fall into. ...more
With her Father throwing her out, Lizzie finds refuge in a Brothel run by Mrs. Farley. It is London 1759 and murder suspects are chosen not by evidence so much as being in the wrong place at the wrong time. When one of her visitors is murdered the detective in charge, William Davenport, looks to pin this act on Liz. Many characters but the story flows nicely. Another sleuth mystery with an unlikely ...more
The author does a great job of bringing the eighteenth century to life with all its seediness, rough justice and fear so that the reader feels like they are really there watching everything unfold. Its interesting to read about how people had to live in that era and what counted as justice which seemed to be quite skewed against the poor.
I absolutely loved the main character Lizzie. She’s rude, ...more
This book was fabulous I decided to read something different from my normal genre and was not disappointed. The story centred around MC Lizzie who is a well-known prostitute and comes under suspicion when one of her customers is murdered. Lizzie sets out on a mission to prove who murdered her customer and the story quickly becomes a who done it scenario. This book will have you guessing to the very end and is ...more
Lizzie Hardwicke makes her living as a prostitute, one of her wealthy customers is found brutally murdered… and Lizzie was the last person to see him alive. Desperate to prove her innocence Lizzie turns amateur detective, determined to find the true killer, whatever the cost.
Good writing, nice mystery. I wasn't entirely certain 'who done it' until it was revealed. I look forward to reading more about Lizzie.
This was a new time period of historical fiction for me and I really enjoyed it. The title with "harlot" immediately drew me to it and then to see it had a mystery element, I was in! I feel like the author did a bang up job with research. I totally felt transported back to 17th century London. I enjoyed all the characters and didn't guess the twists too early on, which is always appreciated. It sounds as if this will become a series and I would definitely pick up the next one.
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Lizzie Hardwicke is a working girl in 1759 London. Her 'house' is in Soho, run by middle-aged madam Mrs. Sarah Farley and while not at the top of the quality houses of prostitution ...more
London in 1759 was shrouded in danger, fear and jeopardy. Beneath the wealth and glamour of the capital lay hidden a dark world of greed, corruption, deception and murder. With highwaymen running rampant all over town, criminals staking their claim all over the city ...more
I was charmed by this novel, and though I do wish the author had done more to make me care about the charcters, it was lovely. The plot twists make it interesting, but the lack of description, character development and romance detracts from the overall enjoyment. In future books, I hope to see much more daring.
I did a spoiler free review on my blog:
The author has clearly done her research as the scenes are detailed, rich and leap off the page. I hope there is to be a sequel?!
While I did guess “who dun it”, the plot line was more imaginative and complicated than I originally thought. But it was the harlot with the ❤ of gold and eye for detail that stole the show and really shone here. I also enjoyed the Bow Street character of Davenport (except for one instance of behavior toward the end that really didn’t seem to fit with his character to that point).
I sincerely hope that I haven’t hear ...more
I received a copy of the book in advance via NetGalley in return for an honest review as part of my blog.
Wow, I wasn’t expecting this to be as gripping and as brilliant as it was! I’m gutted I’ve finished this already I wanted more. I requested to be ...more
A high-class London prostitute working out of a mid 18th century Soho pleasure house. When one of her "customers" is found murdered she faces inevitable suspicion, so, keen to clear her name she joins forces with an investigator and becomes amateur sleuth.
Set in the back streets of London, among the seediest pubs, the coffee houses and bathhouses where no respectable girl would be ...more
Set in the London of 1759, Lizzie Hardwicke makes her living as a prostitute in a bawdy house run my Ma Farley. The house provides some protection from the dangers of the street. When one of Lizzie’s wealthy clients is found murdered it brings her to the attention of Constable William Davenport of the Bow Street Runners.
Lizzie is concerned that her closeness to t ...more
When one of Lizzie’s client appears dead near her “work house” she will try to discover the truth before the murder affects her reputation. Lucky for ...more
Atmospheric and authentic ‘Death and the Harlot’, features Lizzie Hardwicke, a harlot who becomes embroiled in a murder hunt, and turns detective. Despite her tragic family history, she remains humorous and kind, using her intelligence and knowledge of people, and the area, to help solve a complex crime.
The plot is full of suspects and twists, the tone is pitched correctly for the time period. ...more
Set in London 1759, wealthy Norwich cloth merchant George Reed visits Lizzie Hardwicke, a prostitute at Mrs Farley’s brothel. To keep him sweet and to earn extra coin, Lizzie invites him to a masked ball…
But after Tommy shows up and a bit of a todo, Reed is thrown out……
His body is then found murdered, robbed and left among the rubbish.
Constable William Davenport suspects Lizzie is responsible….but she decides to find t ...more
She enjoys running along the banks of the River Severn and is sometimes to be f ...more