Author(s): Ann Featherstone
To 'walk in Pimlico' is, according to the Penguin Dictionary of Historical Slang, the colloquial expression 'to be handsomely dressed'. Comedian, clog dancer, comic vocalist, actor and all-round funny fellow Corney Sage is treading the boards at the Constellation in Whitechapel when he stumbles across the body of an actress outside the theatre and catches sight of the killer as he escapes. Corney was not the only witness. Fellow actress Lucy Strong also saw what happened and when the murderer returns to the scene of the crime that same night, both fear for their lives. Corney and Lucy flee London separately, keeping in touch with each other through a series of advertisements in the trade paper, the Era. Certain they have escaped the same fate as Bessie, they settle into their new lives away from London. But the murderer - a master of disguise - is slowly closing in on them and it is only a matter of time before he pounces ...From the drawing rooms of polite society to the back rooms of brothels, through music halls, circus rings and freak shows, Ann Featherstone brilliantly reconstructs 19th century England in this gripping psychological thriller.
A Victorian Murder Mystery for fans of Sarah Waters
'Appearances deceive and secrets are deadly in this creepy murder mystery. Perfect for those darker nights!' Debbie McQuoid, Look 'Up there with the work of Angela Carter and Sarah Waters... a gripping and accomplished Victorian murder mystery. A wildly inventive romp through the lowlife of 19th-century England. Extremely hard to put down.'#include file="m63-article-related-attachements.html" The Times 'Smacks of period authenticity... written in a literary style that is of a far greater quality than the genre normally attracts... a compelling plot. Walking in Pimlico is an excellent debut novel.' The British Theatre Guide Newsletter! '...an edge of authenticity near-enough second to none... Sarah Waters and Michel Faber would be well to watch out. As a rich and unflinching tapestry of a time lost to us, it truly excels, as a cracking murder mystery yarn, it proves unputdownable.' The Speculative Scotsman
Ann Featherstone is Lecturer in Performance History at Manchester University and Researcher in Drama at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of several non-fiction books about the Victorian entertainment industry including The Victorian Clown, with Jacky Bratton. Walking in Pimlico is her first novel.