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A Necessary Murder
A Heloise Chancey Mystery
Stoke Newington, 1863: Little Margaret Lovejoy is found brutally murdered in the outhouse of her family’s estate.
A few days later, another victim is found on the doorstep of Eurasian courtesan and professional detective Heloise Chancey at her prestigious address. At the same time, Heloise’s mother, Amah Li Leen, must confront events from her past that threaten her present.
In a maelstrom of murder and deceit, Heloise is caught up in a crime that reaches into the very heart of her existence.
“What a treat! A cracking historical mystery featuring not one, but two, tough, resourceful, brave and interesting female leads. Heloise and Amah are somehow both women of their time and the heroines we desperately need in ours. A NECESSARY MURDER is smart, raunchy and thrillingly subversive.”
“[A] historical whodunnit that had me thinking of Mr. Whicher at times and E.C.R. Lorac at others, the reader is whisked into a world of oriental Victorian deception and murder.”
“Tjia’s evocation of the past in A Necessary Murder makes a political point…the politics functions more as spice and the pleasures of the text are enhanced because of it.”