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The Butchered Man

(The first book in the Northminster Mysteries series)
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Northminster, 1840: a once-picturesque cathedral city, where dirty smoke stacks now rival ancient spires. When workmen make the shocking discovery of a mutilated corpse in a ditch outside the ancient walls, Giles Vernon and Felix Carswell are charged with solving the case.

Intelligent and practical, Chief Constable Major Vernon has transformed the old city watch into a modern police force, and he throws himself into the investigation with the same energy. But as he probes a murky world of professional gamblers and jilted lovers, he is drawn into a dangerous emotional game that threatens to undermine his authority.

Newly-qualified police surgeon Felix Carswell is determined to make his way in the world on his own terms despite being the bastard son of prominent local grandee Lord Rothborough. Called to treat a girl in an asylum for reformed prostitutes, what he uncovers there brings him into conflict with his new employer, Vernon, and throws the case into disarray.

Together they must overcome their differences and find the brutal truth behind the mystery of The Butchered Man.

The Butchered Man is the first Northminster Mystery featuring intrepid early-Victorian detectives Vernon and Carswell.

Genre: Historical Mystery

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November 2011 : UK Paperback

Title: The Butchered Man: 1 (Northminster Mystery)
Author(s): Harriet Smart
ISBN: 1-906236-79-8 / 978-1-906236-79-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Silverwood Books
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November 2011 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition

Title: The Butchered Man (The Northminster Mysteries Book 1)
Author(s): Harriet Smart
Publisher: Anthemion
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