The Crimson Rooms (Hardcover)

By Katharine McMahon

Putnam Adult, 9780399156229, 384pp.

Publication Date: February 18, 2010

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (3/28/2010)
MP3 CD (3/29/2010)
Compact Disc (3/29/2010)
Compact Disc (3/29/2010)
Paperback (1/4/2011)

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March 2010 Indie Next List

“In this engrossing historical mystery set in 1920s England, Evelyn Gifford faces the problems of trying to become a lawyer amidst prejudice and finding love in the face of looming spinsterhood. When she begins work on a murder case for an understanding lawyer and the young son of her dead brother reappears, her life begins to compltely change. There are no good guys or bad guys in this story, but, rather, people who are capable of either, making this well-written novel a delight to read.”
— Ann Carlson, Harborwalk Books, Georgetown, SC
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In the spirit of Sarah Waters and Geraldine Brooks, a dramatic mystery about love, secrets, and discovery in post-World War I London.

Still haunted by the death of her only brother, James, in the Great War, Evelyn Gifford is completely unprepared when a young nurse and her six-year-old son appear on the Giffords' doorstep one night. The child, the nurse claims, is James's, conceived in a battlefield hospital. The grief-stricken Giffords take them both in; but Evelyn, a struggling attorney, must now support her entire family—at a time when work for women lawyers is almost nonexistent.

Suddenly a new case falls in Evelyn's lap: Seemingly hopeless, it's been abandoned by her male coworkers. The accused—a veteran charged with murdering his young wife—is almost certain to die on the gallows.... And yet, Evelyn believes he is truly innocent, just as she suspects there may be more to the story of her "nephew" than meets the eye...

About the Author

Katharine McMahon is the author of "The Alchemist's Daughter." A former English teacher, writing instructor, and actress, she lives in Hertfordshire, England.