The Blood Flower


1883. Leo, transgender journalist and amateur detective, and his wife Rosie have come to Portsmouth – but this is no simple seaside retreat. While Rosie’s sister expects them for dinner, two young people have been killed by the docks. Having learned from experience, Leo wants to leave this to the police. When detectives dismiss the victims as only ‘molly-lads’ and misfits, though, he knows he has to help. But what connects the two victims, a boy from the streets and a young woman with a strange tattoo? And why is Leo himself being watched? As he begins to uncover a web of theft and secrets surrounding the murders, Leo’s investigation draws him deeper into Portsmouth’s underground nightlife, the dangers of the Navy dockyard – and uncomfortably close to the in-laws he had just begun to get to know. Can he find the truth without losing his chosen family? Just how much will he risk to bring the right people to justice?

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‘Exceptional’ Sarah Hilary ‘Don’t be ordinary, Leo. Passion has its price.’ 1883. Two young people have been killed near Portsmouth’s docks. When journalist and amateur detective Leo Stanhope arrives, the police have already dismissed the victims as a ‘molly-lad’ and a misfit. As Leo begins to investigate, what he uncovers will lead him to the dangers of the Navy shipyard, the temptations of Portsmouth’s underground nightlife – and even the family of his wife, Rosie. But can he risk the people he loves for the sake of justice?PRAISE FOR ALEX REEVE’Highly original’ Guardian‘Enthralling, exciting, extraordinary, and utterly convincing’ Sarah Hilary’An entertaining and ingenious psychological drama of gender identity enfolded within a dexterously plotted and deeply satisfying Victorian murder’ Rachel Holmes’Leo is a brilliant hero: clever and flawed, infuriating and at the same time someone I root for at every turn’ Stephanie Butland’One of the most inventive series out there’ i

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Weight 0.236 kg
Dimensions 19.8 × 12.9 × 3 cm










1st paperback ed


823.92 (edition:23)


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