from description: 1895, London
Taking risqué photographs is the only way Julia McAllister can retain her independence as a young widow in London.
But one by one, her models are dying — and now she is being framed for their murders.
The relentless Inspector Collingwood is on the case and Julia knows he’s watching her every move.
With young women still dying, and her own life on the line, Julia must unmask the real killer before it is too late…
Can Julia clear her name? Will Collingwood believe her?
Or will the dark secrets of her past come back to haunt her…?
Snap Shot is the first in a new series featuring Victorian photographer Julia McAllister. Julia is intelligent and skilled; however, in order to keep customers, she has to pretend that the previous owner of the studio is still alive. An independent woman with her own business doesn't sit well with the Victorian social norms, so Julia keeps up the facade of being the apprentice photographer. But taking the ordinary pictures of the trade barely sustain her, and Julia wants a nest egg large enough to help her travel and take artistic photographs.
Thus the sideline of naughty pictures. I was happy with this one, which has some light moments among the more serious incidents...until the end. I wasn't as pleased with the end.
I imagine the next book will be about Julia becoming a crime photographer. She mentions that the French have already begun using crime photography. I imagine she is referring to
Bertillon, who pioneered the practice of mug shots and crime scene photographs. (some of the photos are graphic.)
Read in June; blog review scheduled for July 18.
Historical Mystery. July 29, 2019. Print length: 252 pages.
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