By Christine Trent
Queen Victoria, nonetheless mourning her long-dead husband Prince Albert, has stumbled on solace in John Brown, an enigmatic palace servant who dabbles within the occult and retains the grieving queen entertained together with his tarot card readings. Undertaker Violet Harper is invited to wait considered one of Mr. Brown's notorious readings, in which he means that Buckingham Palace will quickly be shrouded in death's darkish veil. good accustomed to loss of life, Violet shrugs him off as a charlatan--until his sinister divinations start to end up precise. . .
Violet wonders if whatever foul is within the playing cards whilst the aristocratic younger acquaintances of the queen's daughter start to die lower than mysterious conditions. Her suspicions simply develop while certainly one of London's "moralists," a bunch bent on repealing the legislation that forces prostitutes into hospitals, suffers an analogous destiny. The deaths purely buttress the queen's enthusiasm for Mr. Brown's ominous abilities, and, involved by means of the fortuneteller's impact, Violet races opposed to time to unearth the reality sooner than the killer moves back. yet as she closes in on a assassin with an unearthly rationale, Violet realizes she could be digging her personal grave. . .
By turns heartwrenching and hopeful, A Virtuous dying is a gripping story of fortitude besieged by way of vengeance contained in the notable global of Queen Victoria's courtroom.
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