Jon Redfern has been a freelance journalist for both the Toronto Star and the Globe and Mail, a story editor for the CBC, and a children's playwright. His short stories have appeared in numerous literary journals including Grainand Descant. His previous Inspector Endersby novel, Trumpets Sound No More, won the prestigious Arthur Ellis Award for Best Crime Novel in 2008.
Children of the Tide
London: the early 1840s. The birth of the young Queen Victoria's first child is taken as an auspicious sign for all. But on a cold March night, a spree of dark crimes in shadowy workhouses shocks the city.
When Inspector Owen Endersby, of the recently formed London Detective Police, learns that the string of identical murders and abductions have all taken place under similar circumstances, he fears a monster is prowling the city. How long until the murderer strikes again? Is this the work of a diabolical killer, or a madman with confused motives? Facts are scarce. Endersby and his sergeant, Thomas Caldwell, must start an investigation based on the fitful testimonies of terrified girls and one peculiar clue: a piece of curtain lace found in the throats of the victims.
Inspired by Dickens, Redfern transports the reader back to Victorian London, vividly recreating the language, social customs, and atmosphere of the time.
Jon Redfern has won two Arthur Ellis Awards for his
Inspector Enderby series, set in early Victorian London. This third Enderby may
be the best one yet.
[Redfern] is adept at drawing the
reader into Victorian-era London, skillfully creating the atmosphere of the
city and the characters who inhabit it.