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A Treacherous Likeness (Charles Maddox 3) - Lynn Shepherd

A Treacherous Likeness (Charles Maddox 3) - Lynn Shepherd

Title: A Treacherous Likeness

Author:  Lynn Shepherd

ISBN:  9781780331676

Weight:  829 g

Lined signed first edition, first printing



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A Treacherous Likeness by Lynn Shepherd

A mystery that explores the dark lives and unexplained secrets of the poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

In the dying days of 1850 the young detective Charles Maddox takes on a new case.  His client?  The only surviving son of the long-dead poet Percy Bysshe Shelley, and his wife Mary, author of Frankenstein.

Charles soon finds himself being drawn into the bitter battle being waged over the poet’s literary legacy, but then he makes a chance discovery that raises new doubts about the death of Shelley’s first wife, Harriet, and he starts to question whether she did indeed kill herself, or whether what really happened was far more sinister than suicide.

As he’s drawn deeper into the tangled web of the past, Charles discovers darker and more disturbing secrets, until he comes face to face with the terrible possibility that his own great-uncle is implicated in a conspiracy to conceal the truth that stretches back more than thirty years.

The story of the Shelleys is one of love and death, of loss and betrayal.  In this follow-up to the acclaimed Tom-All-Alone’s, Lynn Shepherd offers her own fictional version of that story, which suggests new and shocking answers to mysteries that still persist to this day, and have never yet been fully explained.

Peer & Press Reviews

A wonderfully ingenious novel: perceptive, gripping and fascinating in the way it reshapes familiar material to create a story that I found to be marvellously persuasive.  Shepherd’s use of her research material is really magnificent.

Miranda Seymour, biographer of Mary Shelley

A potent mixture of passion, intrigue, perversion, and betrayal, exploring the lives of Shelley, Byron, and their Romantic intimates through a Gothic lens.

Lyndsay Faye, author of The Gods of Gotham

With a compelling voice and a keen eye for period detail, Lynn Shepherd lays bare a tangled story of thwarted love and twisted passions.  Absolutely chilling and not to be missed.

Deanna Raybourn, author of the Julia Grey novels

Bibliographic Info

Attribute Details
Title A Treacherous Likeness
Book Features
Edition / printing First edition, first printing
Series Charles Maddox – book 3
Overall condition Fine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
Signed On the title page
Lined “that shiver of excitement when he… unravelled the mystery of Mary Shelley”
Book Stats
Publisher Constable & Robinson
Imprint Corsair
Publication date
ISBN 13 9781780331676
ISBN 10 1780331673
Format Hardcover with dust jacket
Pages 325
Size (h x w x d) 241 x 162 x 30mm
Image and Design Credits
Jacket design Ami Smithson / Cabin

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