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Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes when a crime wave sweeps through 19th-century London’s Jewish community and the adventures of wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Ezra Melamed are recorded for posterity by Miss Rebecca Lyon, a young lady not quite at the marriageable age.
In this third volume of the series, Gabriel Taylor, a young Jewish physician, is accused of poisoning his patients—a suspicion that is further fueled when a priceless pearl bracelet is discovered missing from the jewelry box of his wealthiest patient, Lady Marblehead.
The case against Mr. Taylor becomes even grimmer when it’s discovered he receives mysterious late-night visits from an Old Clothes Man, whose secretive ways suggest the elderly man just might have a second and even less respectable profession, that of grave robber.
As more outbreaks of the mysterious ailment occur, an increasingly hysterical community turns to Mr. Ezra Melamed to investigate the case. But time is running out to find the true culprit—and it may already be too late for one of the littlest victims, a frail orphan boy, who is almost at death’s door.
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How is Writing In Your Genre Different from Others?
In some ways, writing a mystery is easier than writing for other genres. You basically know how the plot will unfold: a crime will be committed, the detective will search out the clues, the culprit will be found and order restored … until the next time. The challenge is to keep it fresh, which I try to do by introducing fun characters and interweaving interesting historical tidbits into the main plot.
What Advice Would You Give Aspiring Writers?
Write! Seriously. Literature is an art, but writing is a craft. The more you practice setting down words on a page, the easier it becomes to get down to work even when you’re not feeling so inspired. You also learn to sense when a paragraph or bit of dialogue is good and when it needs to be rewritten.
I also recommend reading quite a lot in your preferred genre. It’s always instructive to see how other writers handle plot and character development. Reading a well-written book is one of the best deals around — it’s fun and it’s a great way to improve your craft.
Libi Astaire is an award-winning author who often writes about Jewish history. The first book in her acclaimed Ezra Melamed Mystery Series about Regency London’s Jewish community, The Disappearing Dowry, was named a 2010 Sydney Taylor Notable Book. Other volumes in the series are The Doppelganger’s Dance and The Ruby Spy Ring. She is also the author of the historical novels The Banished Heart and Terra Incognita, as well as several volumes of Chassidic tales.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I love mysteries and I love history, so writing a historical mystery series has been a wonderful way to indulge those two loves. I chose to write about the Regency period for two reasons. Because there was so much going on—the Napoleonic Wars, the Industrial Revolution, bank failures, as well as fortunes being made overnight on the Exchange—the period provides a wonderfully colorful backdrop for a mystery series. Secondly, most people don’t know there was a thriving Ashkenazic Jewish community living in London at the time, so I enjoy introducing readers to this little known community.