A Fatal Freedom (Ursula Grandison, Book 1) by Janet Laurence

By Janet Laurence

London 1903: American Ursula Grandison is once more invovled with homicide, this time in London. As she struggles to make a dwelling in a society the place ladies have few rights and little freedom, she groups up with previous buddy and personal investigator Thomas Jackman, who quickly reveals himself once more drawing on Ursula's investigative talents as they conflict to save lots of an blameless girl from the noose. Set opposed to a heritage of Edwardian constraints and the struggle for women's suffrage, Ursula and Jackman progressively appreciate they're up opposed to a refined and hazardous killer who moves back earlier than they could shut the case.

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Then, she pulled the bolt—there was no lock on the inside—and thrust all her weight against it. She opened it just enough to allow her to enter; and once inside, she blocked it open with a small wooden door-stop she had brought from her own room. That would allow her to leave quickly—to hear anyone coming up the stairs. And she didn't need to worry about him. He couldn't call for anyone. The room was windowless. The walls and floor were of underpadded canvas. The one item of furniture was a low, formicatopped table, its legs bolted to the floor.

How about it, Doc," said Sloan. " Doc Murphy looked at him. He had given Sloan an antabuse pill, and it takes no great amount of whiskey, in combination with antabuse, to prove damn-near fatal. "All right," said the doctor. "Rufus, bring Mr. " He held out his keys. Rufus took them, returned after a moment with the drink; and Doc carefully returned the keys to his pocket. "Now, I'm warning you, Sloan. You shouldn't take that drink. " Jeff Sloan nodded. "I don't doubt you a bit, Doctor," he said, and he swallowed the drink at a gulp.

So for once—oh, hell, not just once; he didn't blow up very often—he held onto his temper in the face of genuine outrage. He had done exactly the right thing. She was sick. The sick should be cured, not punished. He had taken the first step toward that cure. He had shown the damned nasty little stinker—this sick woman—that he was wise to her goddam—that he was aware of her ailment and yet was not angry with her. He had edged the matter out of the shadowed and secret recesses of her mind. Another such nudge or two, and it would be out in the open.

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