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The only bad thing I can say about this book is that I have now, to the best of my knowledge, read all of the Lizzie Martin & Inspector Ben Ross mysteries and will have to wait until Ann Granger writes more. These books are a sheer delight. The real subject of all of them--beyond murder and investigation--is a stark criticism of the elaborate class system of Victorian England, with respect to landowners, servants, police officers and women in particular. Ms. Granger also includes details that make the reader feel they've truly been transported back in time: the period dress, the thick fog caused by coal-burning factories, the expectations on children, even the food people eat. All of it combines to guide the reader through a tour of London and its surroundings circa the 1860's, and invites them to stay to solve a murder or two while they're at it.