Querying a YA Victorian Mystery entitled RED SKY AT MORNING, complete at 77,000 words:
As the London Season of 1884 opens, Lady Margaret Savoy wants nothing more than to hide behind the wallflowers and devour “Penny Dreadfuls” to avoid the cruelty of her aunt and cousin. Then, at her first ball, she meets Lord Alexander Rocque and is dragged into a search for the Poisoner, a powerful crime boss who killed her parents. Margaret must uncover his motive and her very identity, as even her own family twists the truth about her Jewish heritage and inheritance for their own gain.
Lord Alexander Rocque had no intention of ever returning to London until ordered home from the Royal Navy to assist his father, a spymaster for the Crown, with the Poisoner case. Using Margaret as a pawn to draw out the crime boss has him examining his moral compass. But if he doesn’t solve the case, he’ll face his father’s disappointment again. A disappointment he won’t admit burdens him.
Searching through the London streets and High Society for clues, together they uncover an international enterprise over which the Crown and criminals fight for dominance. Yet, Alexander becomes reluctant as his father’s dark tactics and his own stake in Margaret’s inheritance surface. Barely staying ahead in the Poisoner’s game, they learn that they must find the key to the dying Opium trade. A key both the Crown and the Poisoner fight to control by any means necessary. A key Margaret doesn’t even know she possesses. If they don’t find it, Margaret will become the Poisoner’s next victim.
RED SKY AT MORNING will appeal to readers of Phillip Pullman’s Sally Lockhart series, as well as readers of Y.S. Lee’s The Agency series. It will be a part of a greater CRIMSON CROWN SOCIETY series.
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