The Murderer Inside the Mirror

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Pub Date 04 Jun 2024 | Archive Date 31 May 2024

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Another day, another grand scheme! The thieving Fitzglen family are back in this second instalment of the spellbinding Theatre of Thieves gothic mystery series set in Victorian England.

London, 1908. The Fitzglens, one of London's leading theatre families and part-time thieves, are plotting their next scheme when they receive terrible news about Great Uncle Montague. He's been killed in a tragic accident at his Notting Hill home.

Montague will be much missed, not just for his talent in art forgery, but his death provides an unlooked-for opportunity: the chance to search for his infamous iron box. No one knows what it contains - if, that is, it even exists - but Jack Fitzglen is certain it has to be something highly valuable . . . or extremely dangerous. Why else would the grand master of storytelling have refused to even drop a hint?

Jack is amazed when he finds the box - and even more amazed by its contents. An unknown play by one of Ireland's leading playwrights, entitled The Murderer Inside the Mirror. Jack reads the first few pages, and is struck by a nameless feeling of dread. But even he has no idea what kind of dangerous adventure the manuscript will take him on - one which will tangle him in revenge, madness . . . and murder.

This unsettling gothic historical mystery, following Chalice of Darkness, will appeal to fans of Daphne du Maurier, Laura Purcell, Rebecca James, Sarah Waters and Stuart Turton.

Another day, another grand scheme! The thieving Fitzglen family are back in this second instalment of the spellbinding Theatre of Thieves gothic mystery series set in Victorian England.

London, 1908...

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Uncle Montague has died and amongst his effects is an unknown play "The Murderer Inside the Mirror" by the renowned playwright Phelan Rafferty together with notes about investigating connections between the Girdlestone's and the Rafferty families. Montague's surviving relatives the Fitzglens, who run a theatre company with a sideline in thievery or "Flitching" decide to investigate.
This charming story mixing including some Irish history and two fictional and eccentric theatre companies at the turn of the century is a lot of fun. I enjoyed reading it and will look out for more works by Sarah Rayne

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The storyline is absolutely captivating!
I was completely engrossed and couldn't stop reading.
The author skillfully creates suspense through rich character development and vivid settings.
This Gothic historical mystery is truly remarkable!
I can't wait to delve into more works by this author in the future.

I would like to express my gratitude to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with this advance reader copy in exchange for my unbiased review.

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I really enjoyed reading this book, it had a great Gothic feel to it and worked with what I wanted from this story. It almost reminded me a lot of Phantom of the Opera and I'm not upset about it. The characters worked in this historical fiction and thought it worked well in the historical fiction novel. I enjoyed the way Sarah Rayne wrote this and can't wait to read more from them. I really enjoyed how good this was and glad I got to read this. It was a great sequel in the Theatre of Thieves Mystery series and I hope there is more in this world.

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