Death of an Unfortunate Woman came out this week. It is the second Alexandra Sinclair Mystery, after A Deadly Courtship:
The book is set in rural England in 1819. Alexandra Sinclair, as you may recall, is the woman who vowed to never get married, and to instead dedicate her life to reopening her grandmother’s Refuge for abused women and their children. (When she met Benedict and fell in love, her plans changed.) As the new book opens, Alex is now a viscountess and the surrogate mother to four small children, Benedict’s orphaned nieces and nephew. She nevertheless intends to vigorously pursue her work in helping the poor.
Alex and Benedict are at an outdoor party celebrating their marriage when children and their dogs discover the buried body of a woman in the adjacent woods. She is a resident of The Home for Unfortunate Women, a place for former prostitutes to learn new trades. When Alex discovers local residents now want to close the Home, she quickly joins the Home’s board, never guessing she is making a very dangerous choice.
Death of an Unfortunate Woman is now available in hardcover, paperback, and e-book formats, from your local bookseller and from major retailers. Links to a variety of purchase options are included on the Books page.
To read more about the book (as well as to learn about my 5 picks for ‘Best Historical Novels with Strong Women Solving Crimes in 19th Century Great Britain’), you can also check out my new blog entry for for the book-discovery platform Shepherd:
I wanted to display the terrific cover of my new novel, Death of an Unfortunate Woman, which will be coming out on September 7:
The lovely review by Jacqueline Pelham on the back cover says:
“Stuyck has written another winning murder mystery. With bodies dropping like flies, she conveys her familiarity of early 1800s England through engaging characters, spot-on dialogue, and flawless narrative. We smile at the stodginess of many of the characters and accept and sympathize with the unconventionality of the ladies of the night, while never forgetting a killer is loose. This story had me guessing who the perpetrator was until the end. I recommend it to anyone who likes a good who-done it.”
Jacqueline Pelham is the author of Under the Rose and A Promise to Die For, and the editor of many books.
A new book of short stories,eccentric circles, includes a story about Alexandra’s second thoughts on her wedding day. “The Day of Reckoning” takes place after A Deadly Courtship ends and before the next Alexandra Sinclair mystery, Death of an Unfortunate Woman, begins.
Three new e-books have been released of my first mystery series: Cry For Help, Held Accountable, and Lethal Lessons. The books involve the amateur sleuthing of Liz James, a newly divorced writer at a mental health agency.