Cast Iron, the second in this series featuring Victorian photographer Julia McAllister, takes up where the first book left off--with Julia preparing to leave and begin a new life.
When the house across the way burns down, Julia takes in the two annoying little old ladies who have been left homeless. She's planning to leave on the next train anyway and has cleared all evidence of the naughty pictures she has taken to keep her independence.
An accident on the train line and a request to photograph the details of a crime scene, prevent her escape.
As Julia photographs the body of the murdered woman, she notices things that Inspector Collingwood wouldn't be aware of: the condition and quality of the woman's clothing, the movement of the body, the importance of the missing hat. Julia has a woman's perspective, an artist's perspective, and a past victim of abuse's perspective that the police lack.
Although her dream is to travel and take pictures of the wild places in the world, Julia also has an interest in the French use of crime scene photography, and Inspector Collingwood is smart enough to take advantage of a crime scene photographer and a woman's perspective. Julia's sympathy for the unidentified woman leads her to do some investigating on her own.
And Julia has a secret of her own that she is desperate to hide.
Snap Shot, the first in the series, introduces the characters and background, but Cast Iron can be read as a stand alone.
Historical Mystery. Oct. 20, 2019. Print length: 221 pages.