The Crimson Rooms (Compact Disc)

By Katharine McMahon, Josephine Bailey (Narrated by)

Tantor Media Inc, 9781400116577

Publication Date: March 29, 2010

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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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's 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.

About the Author

Katharine McMahon is a historical novelist whose books include "A Way Through the Woods" and "The Alchemist's Daughter."

British actress and narrator Josephine Bailey has won ten "AudioFile" Earphones Awards and a prestigious Audie Award, and "Publishers Weekly" named her Best Female Narrator in 2002.

Praise For The Crimson Rooms

"McMahon's historical novels are often complex but extremely rewarding in their depth and character development. Her latest is her best novel to date." ---Library Journal Starred Review