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The Devil's Ribbon (Hatton and Roumande 2) - D. E. Meredith

The Devil's Ribbon (Hatton and Roumande 2) - D. E. Meredith

Title: The Devil's Ribbon

Lined and prepublication dated signed first edition, first printing

Author:  D. E. Meredith

ISBN:  9780749012465

Weight:  931 g



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The Devil’s Ribbon by 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.

Peer & Press Reviews

D E Meredith gives a very vivid atmospheric picture of life at this time and I was transported by this wonderfully evocative story telling right back to Victorian London…  All in all, a delightful and most extraordinary second novel…  Strongly recommended.


The detailed description of their primitive mortuary and newly invented methods of dissection and analysis make a fascinating contrast with the numerous contemporary novels by and about forensic pathologists…  It is full of interesting ideas, neat phrases and vivid images – an enjoyable read.

Literary Review

You’ll devour this brilliant, classy Victorian crime novel in hours.  It will stay with you a lot longer, though, thanks to the extraordinary atmosphere and detail, as the first days of forensics are brought to life.  5 stars!

Daily Mirror

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title The Devil’s Ribbon
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Series A Hatton and Roumande Mystery – book 2
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Lined “Is it the girl who upsets you?”
Dated 14th Feb 2013 (prepublication dated)
Book Stats
Publisher Allison & Busby
Publication date
Printed by CPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 13 9780749012465
ISBN 10 0749012463
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 330
Size (h x w x d) 223 x 161 x 33mm
Image and Design Credits
Author photograph Trevor Leighton
Jacket design Christina Griffiths
Jacket images Fotolia / iStockphoto

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