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1834. Sophia Thompson wants nothing more than to be one of the famed Bow Street Runners, London's most elite corps of detectives. Never mind that a woman has never before joined their ranks—and certainly never mind that her reclusive family has forbidden her from pursuing such an unladylike goal.
She gets the chance to prove her capabilities when an urgent letter arrives from her frantic cousin Daphne, begging Sophia to come look into the suspicious death of Daphne's brother.
As Sophia begins to unravel the tangled threads of the case—with the help of a charming young policeman—she soon realizes that the murderer may be even closer to her family than she ever suspected.
A sharp, intense pain in his neck stilled his hands. He felt a warm cascade of blood spill across his shoulder and he tilted, slowly collapsing into the grass.
A figure stood over him.
“Why?” he managed with his last breath.
The figure did not answer and the silence of death filled the glade.
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