Former pickpocket Nell Sweeney reinvented herself and found a position as governess to wealthy Viola Hewitt's daughter Grace. When Viola needs help locating two missing people, she turns to Nell.

Working with Viola's son Will, an opium addict who knows his way around the back alleys and gambling dens, Nell finds the two murdered, and all evidence points to Will's brother Harry as the killer. While attempting to clear Harry's name, Nell and Will walk straight into the villain's lair.

Ryan creates characters you care about and a plot that holds your interest as you try to unmask the killer. Lively and intriguing, this is a fast-paced, wonderful read. (Aug., 272 pp., $6.50)
Reviewed by: 
Kathe Robin