Published on: 01/08/2013
By her own confession, the beautiful Miriam Cromer is a murderess. She is sentenced to death for the killing of her husband’s assistant, and the hangman travels to London to earn his fee. Then the Home Office is sent a photograph that casts doubt on her confession, and the matter must be investigated – fast.
Sergeant Cribb is called in, but his investigations produce nothing to ease the minds of the authorities. As he plunges deeper into the relationships and history of the intimate group connected with the murder, he becomes increasingly suspicious that something very different indeed happened at Park Lodge, Kew Green, on that March day in 1888.
‘I couldn’t put it down. I read it at a sitting – or rather, a lying, for I was in the garden at the time and got so absorbed I didn’t notice the sun had burnt the skin off my back! Waxwork is quite the best novel of detection I have read for a long time’ – Ruth Rendell
‘Lovesey’s back-twist plotting is pure Christie, but the style, the detail and the deadpan horror are all his own – and absolutely marvellous’ – Kirkus Reviews
‘Peter Lovesey triumphs again’ – Sunday Express
‘At once charming, chilling and convincing as if it had unfolded in the Police Intelligence column of April, 1888’ – Time Magazine
‘Marvellously authentic’ – Washington Post
Peter Lovesey is the award winning creator of three outstanding detective series – those featuring Sergeant Cribb, Bertie, Prince of Wales, and most recently Peter Diamond. He has won both the Gold and Silver Daggers in the UK, and many American awards. Read the Peter Diamond series. Read the Bertie Prince of Wales series. Read […]