Plenty of high dudgeon
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THE year is 1893 and young Cambridge divinity student Gideon Bliss has arrived in London in search of his uncle, whom he appears to have lost. Gideon has also lost both his parents, although that was some years earlier, but such a predicament might well tempt a reviewer to desecrate poor Oscar Wilde’s line: to lose two parents is unfortunate but to lose an uncle too looks like carelessness.
Seeking refuge from the bitter night cold, Gideon slips into St Anne’s Church in Soho and witnesses something terrible there.
Meanwhile in Mayfair, a gifted young seamstress is working upstairs in the home of a certain Lord Strythe when she takes it upon herself to throw herself out of the window. A post-mortem investigation reveals that she has embroidered the first line of the Magnificat —
FICTION The House on Vesper Sands