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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (631 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Katharine McMahon Narrator: Josephine Bailey Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Evelyn is a young woman who has defied convention to become one of the country’s pioneer female lawyers. Living at home with her mother, aunt, and grandmother, Evelyn is still haunted by the death of her younger brother James in the First World War. Therefore, when the doorbell rings late one night and a woman appears claiming to have mothered James’ child, Evelyn’s world is turned upside down.

Evelyn distrusts Meredith at first, but she also finds that this new arrival challenges her work-obsessed lifestyle. So far her legal career has not set the world alight. But then two cases arise that make Evelyn realize that perhaps she can make a difference. The first concerns a woman called Leah Marchant, whose children have been taken away from her simply because she is poor. In the second case, Stephen Wheeler—a former acquaintance of Daniel Breen, her boss—has been charged with murdering his own wife. It is clear to Breen and Evelyn that Wheeler is innocent, but he won’t talk.

After being humiliated in court, Evelyn is approached by the dashing lawyer Nicholas Thorne. She is needled by his privileged background and old-fashioned attitudes, but, despite being engaged, he cannot seem to resist sparring with this feisty young female. In the meantime, Meredith makes an earth-shattering accusation about James. With the Wheeler case coming to a head and her heart in limbo, Evelyn takes matters into her own hands.

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  • “In this determinedly old-fashioned novel of tangled mystery and morality, Evelyn makes for a smart and resolutely modest heroine.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Evelyn’s personal and professional struggles are convincingly rendered, and the period ambience and courtroom drama are equally satisfying. A thoroughly engrossing read that will appeal both as mystery and historical fiction.”


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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judi | 2/19/2014

    " This was a step above the lady detective period genre novels I've been reading lately. Really well written, nuanced characters, subtle humor slotted into a grim backdrop. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Iris Wong | 2/1/2014

    " A generally dull and obvious storyline. Quite slow and tedious in parts. The things that made me give 3 stars and not less were: Evelyn (the main character and narrator) is very likeable and easy to relate to. There are some interesting personalities, eg. Meredith, Nicholas and Breen. It was interesting to have a perspective of what it might have been like for the early female lawyers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Elizabeth Moffat | 1/2/2014

    " I have read a couple of the author's other novels and they haven't really sat well with me. But I'm really glad I gave her another chance, this novel set after the Great War hosts an intriguing set of characters that made it an enjoyable read overall. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Finn | 12/21/2013

    " I really enjoyed this one. It started off as a "nice" story and added in tension and depth as it went on. Highly recommended. "

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