Let There Be Blood
By Jane Jakeman
(Berkley Trade, Paperback, 9780425198124, 208pp.)
Publication Date: September 7, 2004
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In the Kingdom of Mists showcased the talent of Jane Jakeman. In its wake comes the first of the Lord Ambrose historical mystery series, a "cleverly executed" (Yorkshire Post) tale of turn-of-the-last-century murder-and, perhaps worse, wrongful blame.
Lord Ambrose has returned to England from the battlefields of Greece to heal his wounds in the peace and quiet of his country mansion. But when a nearby farmer and his son are shot dead, and the villagers accuse a local gypsy, Ambrose must attend to the matter before he can rest.
A trip to the farmer's house reveals some very strange facts: the new widow appears to have a dangerous addiction to laudanum-and the governess's expensive dress is soaked in blood. The young woman's eyes bespeak dark secrets-and Ambrose has an eerie suspicion that these first two murders will not be the last.
Jane Jakeman is a well-known journalist and art historian and has worked for Oxford University Press. She is also the author of two 19th-century novels starring Lord Ambrose, The Egyptian Coffin and Let There Be Blood