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The Devil's Ribbon by D E Meredith

The Devil's Ribbon by D E Meredith
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Author:  D E Meredith

ISBN:  9780749012465

Weight:  990g

Lined and prepublication dated signed first edition, first printing

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The Devil’s Ribbon – D E Meredith

The second book of the Hatton and Roumande Mysteries – set in Victorian London and featuring one of the first forensic detectives

London swelters in July 1858, and trouble is brewing.  Forensic scientist Adolphus Hatton and his trusty assistant Albert Roumande have a morgue full of cholera victims to attend to, and an eager apprentice to teach.

But alongside the cholera outbreak, London is also home to a growing unrest.  When a leading politician of the Irish Unionist movement is murdered, the flamboyant Inspector Grey calls on Hatton and Roumande to help solve the case.  But Inspector Grey proves difficult to deal with – callous and hot-headed, he is determined to catch his criminals using any method, no matter how corrupt.

When it becomes clear that they are dealing with a series of violent killings, Hatton and Roumande must attempt to find the connection between the victims – at the same time unravelling a bombing campaign by a group of would-be terrorists and exploring the method of fingerprinting, their newest forensic tool.  And amongst all this, Professor Hatton finds himself dangerously distracted by a beautiful woman and painful memories from his past.

As the kaleidoscope of outlandish characters, dockside strikes, bomb blasts and violent retribution reaches a crescendo, Hatton’s skills are tested to the limit.

Bibliographic Data
Title:The Devil’s Ribbon
Author:
Book Features
Edition / printing:First edition, first printing
Series:Hatton and Roumande Mysteries: Book 2
Book features:Pale blue boards illustrated with a stylised map of London.  Pale blue mottled endpapers (front free ep printed with a Hatton and Roumande motif), dark blue and silver decorative head and tail bands and dark blue ribbon marker.
Overall condition:Fine / Very fine – some light bumping to spine ends
Signed:Yes – on the title page
Lined:Yes –  “Is it the girl who upsets you?”
Dated:Yes – 14th Feb 2013 (pre-publication dated)
Book Stats
Publisher:Allison and Busby
Publication date:
Printed by:CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13:9780749012465
ISBN 10:0749012463
Format:Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages:330
H x W x D:220 x 162 x 31mm
Design Credits
Author photo:Trevor Leighton
Cover design:Christina Griffiths / bookdeluxe
Cover images:fotolia / iStockphoto

Collectors Notes

  • The Devil’s Ribbon is book 2 of the Hatton and Roumande Mysteries, book 1 in the series is Devoured (ISBN 9780749012755 – 20 Aug 2012).
  • For more information, you might like to visit D E Meredith’s website.  This is a rich source of info on her life, books and future projects.

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