By Christine Trent
Queen Victoria, nonetheless mourning her long-dead husband Prince Albert, has came across 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 certainly one of Mr. Brown's notorious readings, in which he means that Buckingham Palace will quickly be shrouded in death's darkish veil. good conversant in demise, Violet shrugs him off as a charlatan--until his sinister divinations start to end up real. . .
Violet wonders if whatever foul is within the playing cards while the aristocratic younger neighbors of the queen's daughter start to die less than mysterious situations. Her suspicions basically develop whilst considered one of London's "moralists," a gaggle bent on repealing the legislation that forces prostitutes into hospitals, suffers an analogous destiny. The deaths basically buttress the queen's enthusiasm for Mr. Brown's ominous abilities, and, involved by means of the fortuneteller's effect, Violet races opposed to time to unearth the reality prior to the killer moves back. yet as she closes in on a assassin with an unearthly purpose, Violet realizes she can be digging her personal grave. . .
By turns heartwrenching and hopeful, A Virtuous dying is a gripping story of fortitude besieged through vengeance contained in the outstanding international of Queen Victoria's court docket.
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