The Coroner's Daughter

The Coroner's Daughter

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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When a young woman uncovers evidence that a recent suicide may have been murder, her investigations attract the attention of a dangerous man stalking the streets of nineteenth-century Dublin.

Dublin, 1816. A young nursemaid conceals a pregnancy and then murders her newborn in the home of the Neshams, a prominent family in a radical Christian sect known as the Brethren. Rumors swirl about the identity of the child’s father, but before an inquest can be held, the maid is found dead after an apparent suicide. When Abigail Lawless, the eighteen-year-old daughter of the city coroner, by chance discovers a message from the maid’s seducer, she sets out to discover the truth.

An only child, Abigail has been raised amid the books and instruments of her father’s grim profession, and he in turn indulges her curious and critical mind. Now she must push against the restrictions society places on a girl her age to pursue an increasingly dangerous investigation. Abigail’s searches begin to uncover the well-guarded secrets of two factions—the Christian Brethren and a burgeoning rationalist community—drawing the attention of a sinister figure who emerges in fleeting glimpses and second-hand reports: the man with the lazy eye.

Determined, resourceful, and intuitive, Abigail Lawless emerges as a young lady sleuth operating at the dawn of forensic science.

Baker & Taylor
The daughter of the city’s coroner in 1816 Dublin intercepts a message from the man who seduced a local maid who concealed her pregnancy and ultimately committed suicide, and fights against convention to pursue an increasingly dangerous investigation.

Publisher: New York : Pegasus Books, 2017
ISBN: 9781681774749
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Sep 08, 2017

Set in Dublin in 1816, the protagonist is Abigail Lawless, daughter of the coroner for North Dublin. The story seemed to lull a little in the middle but overall a great read and the start of a new series, I hope!

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