MURDER BEHIND THE SCENES: A VICTORIAN MYSTERY
BY
ISABELLA MACREADY

MURDER BEHIND THE SCENES is a detective novel set in Victorian England. In 1857 a young actress called Emily Broughton leaves London to join a provincial theatre company in the seaside town of Handford. She finds a company full of petty rivalries and eccentric actors, but it is also a time of great excitement as American star Ira Douglas is about to make a guest appearance at the theatre.

Emily is soon befriended by the theatre’s wealthy patron Euphemia Pelham, but it emerges Miss Pelham has an ulterior motive and is not as respectable as she seems. After a new acquaintance is poisoned, Emily is forced to investigate the shocking murder of her friend when she herself receives anonymous letters, seemingly from the murderer, threatening to reveal compromising secrets from Emily’s own past.

Paperback, 328 pages. Limited edition, each copy is signed and numbered. (No longer available) For the Kindle edition see below.


(Kindle edition cover)

Unlike other Sensation Press books, MURDER BEHIND THE SCENES is also available in Kindle format at the various Amazon websites around the world (a sample of 10% can be viewed and downloaded on Amazon and this should give the reader some idea as to whether they might enjoy it).
What's the difference between the printed edition and the digital edition? The print edition has different formatting, a dedication page and Victorian theatre themed ornaments at the beginning and end of each chapter. One piece of trivia: the career of the character Ira Douglas is inspired by that of the African American actor Ira Aldridge.

Isabella Macready is a pen name and Macready was selected in honour of actor William Macready (1793-1873). She has previously published one novel and two biographies of historical figures under another name.

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