The Corpse Played Dead
When an undercover assignment for the Bow Street magistrate sees prostitute Lizzie Hardwicke trade Ma Farley’s Bawdy House in Soho for life as a seamstress the theatre on Drury Lane, it becomes clear quite quickly - what goes on in the wings is much more intriguing than the theatrics being played out...more
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Lizzie Hardwicke is back in Georgina Clarke's second historical fiction novel, The Corpse Played Dead. Lizzie is a prostitute, originally from a privileged past, now fortunate to earn a comfortable living from the wealthy customers that frequent the exclusive brothel she’s employed in. Since the first book, Lizzie has earned notoriety having been instrumental in solving a murder. Mr Fielding, the magistrate, and his men, particularly William Davenport, recognise her resourcefulness and ...more
Ms Clarke takes us this ...more
In ‘The Corpse Played Dead’, prostitute Lizzie is once again helping Inspector Will Davenport this time working undercover in Theatre Royal where a series of serious accidents have happened and the owner Mr. Garrick believes someone is trying to ruin him.
Lizzie is now working as a seamstress in the theatre so that she can keep an eye on what is happening and ...more
I loved this, so much more than the first. While the first wasn't bad by any means, it was more crude at times and felt rough in places. This was so much more polished and the mystery was harder to figure out and just everything about it was just that little bit more, that little bit extra that made it so much more fun and stand out.
I can not wait for the next book! ...more
In the first book of what I hope becomes a ...more
I love everything about this series- the setting, the characters, the humorous dialogu ...more
I love that this author doesn’t shy away from the more difficult aspects of Lizzie’s life - while at the same time not reveling in them. The violence. The same dirty dress. What happens to Lizzie when she loses her protection. When I began the first book I thought Lizzie would be some kind of “prostitute light.” She’d reform or be rescued or wouldn’t really have to do what a prostitute does. I’ve enjoyed grappling w ...more
My little Christmas present to myself. It was so hard to save it until January 1st, because I liked the first book so much. I knew this one would be good, so I saved it for a strong beginning to a new reading year. A great decision, definitely. I thought The Corpse Played Dead was even stronger than Death and the Harlot, so the anticipation for book three is intense.
Lizzie, the heroine of the series, is a Georgian London sex worker, so she's somewhat of an unlikely heroine. Honestly, I can' ...more
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Bow Street magistrate, Fielding looks to his Inspector Davenport and sex worker, Lizzie Harwicke to solve another case! After gaining fame for capturing a killer, this time Lizzie is to go undercover at a theater play house. As a seamstress she could observe all the ongoing activities of the cast, crew and benefactors. This is the second novel in the series, and I enjoyed it, but it wasn't as good as book one. Surprisingly, I did not care about wh ...more
Second in the series Lizzie Hardwicke, Lizzie is once again thrown together with the handsome Inspector Will Davenport when a high profile investor is brutally hanged at centre stage and Lizzie discovers the body.
I think the first book was just a titch better.
The Corpse Played Dead is the second entry in the series. I missed the first book in the series (but will be going back for it, now) and had no trouble jumping in since the mystery and situation are standalone.
Lizzie Hardwicke, cour ...more
I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy, via NetGalley of this book.
The Corpse Played Dead by Georgina Clarke doesn't release until August, but I just couldn't wait to tell everyone how much this series is impacting me so far. Book 2 in the Lizzie Hardwicke series and it's already shaping up to be one of my favorites. Below is the Top 5 Reasons why I loved The Corpse Played Dead.
1. Lizzie Hardwick is a harlot.
I'm a ...more
Lizzie Hardwicke, a high-end prostitute in Georgian London, is once again approached by Inspector Will Davenport to help the Magistrate's office solve another crime. The theater, run by a good ...more
Lizzie was once a respectable young woman from a well-to-do family whose lust for life, and seduction by her uncle, forced her to quit her home and take up earning a living on her back. What I really like about the way Lizzie is portrayed is that there’s no faffing about when it comes to how ...more
I have really enjoyed the Lizzie Hardwick series. I find the main character really engaging - she is not perfect but she is quick and intelligent and that is what I enjoy. I can only hope that the author writes mo ...more
Lizzie Hardwicke #2
Intriguing premise for a book set in 1759 London sees Lizzie Hardwicke helping what will one be the Bow Street Runners solve a case in Drury Lane Theater. Mischief has been occurring and the theater manager has asked for help so the Magistrate requests Lizzie’s undercover assistance posing as a seamstress to spy on the situation. Little does Lizzie realize that there will be more than mischief to deal with. There will be scoundrels, abu ...more
Georgina Clarke’s The Corpse Played Dead is set in Regency London and begins with notorious prostitute Lizzie Hardwick on the way to the theatre, dressed up in her finery, travelling the streets in company of her employer and to the jeers of the crowd — because Lizzie is a woman who (in a previous book in the series) sent a murderer to the gallows and he died cursing her. What a start!
This is the second in the Lizzie Hardwick series and I ...more
If you haven't read the first book in the series, 'Death and the Harlot', there is enough backstory in this to enjoy this standalone story, but you're missing out if you don't read book one.
Lizzie remains a believable historical character, with flaws, a clever mind, courage and compassion. The tentative friendship between her and Davenport develops in this story, the opposites ...more
Lizzie is once again assisting the magistrate Mr Fielding and his men, especially Mr Davenport. There are strange things happening at a local theatre - things going missing, damage, and people being injured. Lizzie is sent in undercover as a seamstress to snoop around and see if she can find out what's going on. Unfortunately, where Lizzie goes, trouble usual ...more
Descriptions of the seedy side of eighteenth century life is well described and I was immersed in a w ...more
I found this book by accident and I’m glad I did!! Wonderful characters that leave no stone unturned. I absolutely enjoyed Liz, the main character. She’s a kind, warm, gentlewoman. Plus she’s smart.....Her father disowned her she had to turn to prostitution to earn a living.
A man has been murdered she goes undercover as a seamstress for a play writer. Davenport from the magistrate has asked this of her to help find the killer or killers of a wealthy aristocrat. Why? Because she’s smar ...more
She enjoys running along the banks of the River Severn and is sometimes to be f ...more