The first book in a new series by the creator of Inspector McLevy.

When a prominent judge is found strangled in Jean Brash’s bawdy house establishment, Mistress of the Just Land by a couple of her girls, Jean take exception.  This could ruin her business, and she’s having none of that!   And then when a certain Inspector James McLevy, comes sniffing around like a wolf on the prowl.  She must use all her wits to out fox him, and get to the bottom of the murder.

As the body count starts to rise, Jean must search back into her past, to find the answers and catch a killer.

An enjoyable read, with a good cast of characters, well plotted and written.  Will look forward to reading some more books about the Mistress of the Just Land.

I voluntarily reviewed an Advance Reader Copy of this book. Published by John Murray Press/Two Roads Books and downloaded via NetGalley.

4 stars****


New Year’s Day – and through the misty streets of Victorian Edinburgh an elegant, female figure walks the cobblestones – with a certain vengeful purpose.
Jean Brash, the Mistress of the Just Land, brings her cool intelligence to solving a murder, a murder that took place in her own bawdy-house (the best in Edinburgh and her pride and joy).
A prominent judge, strangled and left dangling, could bring her whole life to ruin and she didn’t haul herself off the streets, up through low dirty houses of pleasure and violent vicious men – to let that come to pass. The search for the killers will take Jean back into her own dark past as she uncovers a web of political and sexual corruption in the high reaches of the Edinburgh establishment.
A young boy’s death long ago is demanding justice but, as the body count increases, she has little time before a certain Inspector James McLevy, comes sniffing round like a wolf on the prowl.
Jean may be on the side of natural justice but is she on the side of the law? Or will the law bring her down?


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