British Author Lynn Shepherd began her career as an author by turning the Jane Austen classic Mansfield Park into a murder mystery with her novel Murder at Mansfield Park. Now she's returning with The Solitary House (Tom-All-Alone's in the UK), a Dickensian crime thriller inspired by Charles Dickens's Bleak House.
Tom-All-Alone's is a dark and gripping Victorian murder mystery, immersing the reader in a grim London underworld.London, 1850. Fog in the air and filth in the streets, from the rat-infested graveyard of Tom-All-Alone's to the elegant chambers in Lincoln's Inn Fields, where the formidable lawyer Edward Tulkinghorn has powerful clients to protect, and a deadly secret to hide. Only that secret is now under threat from a shadowy and unseen adversary - an adversary who must be tracked down at all costs, before it's too late.
Who better for such a task than young Charles Maddox? Unfairly dismissed from the police force, Charles is struggling to establish himself as a private detective. Only business is slow and his one case a dead end, so when Tulkinghorn offers a handsome price for an apparently simple job Charles is unable to resist. But as he soon discovers, nothing here is what it seems. An assignment that starts with anonymous letters leads soon to a brutal murder, as the investigation lures Charles ever deeper into the terrible darkness Tulkinghorn will stop at nothing to conceal.
To celebrate today's American launch of this book, the lovely folk at Random House US have five copies to give away to American residents. And for those Brits who want to get their hands on a copy too, Constable & Robinson have one of the UK editions to give away.
To be in with a chance of winning, email firstname.lastname@example.org with "Lynn Shepherd Competition" in the subject matter and answer the following question:
The Solitary House is inspired by a Charles Dickens classic. But which one?A. Oliver Twist
B. A Christmas Carol
C. Bleak House
For more information on Lynn Shepherd, check out her website or follow her on Twitter @lynn_shepherd.
The competition will close at midnight (GMT) on Tuesday 8th May 2012 and is available to entrants from the USA or UK only.
Please state in your entry email which of these you are from.