The new historical crime novel from the author of CITY OF DEVILS, selected for the 2013 Specsavers Crime Thriller Book Club on ITV3 and winner of the GOOD HOUSEKEEPING first novel competition in 2012. For fans of CJ Sansom, Antonia Hodgson and Elizabeth Fremantle.
1888. When young Scottish scientist James Murray receives a letter from Sofia Esposito, a woman he once loved and lost, he cannot refuse her cry for help. Sofia's fifteen-year-old cousin has vanished but, because of her lower-class status, the police are unwilling to investigate.
Accompanied by his younger sister Lucy, Murray returns to the city of Turin where he was once apprenticed to the world-famous criminologist, Cesare Lombroso. As he embarks on his search for the missing girl, Murray uncovers a series of mysterious disappearances of young women and rumours of a haunted abbey on the outskirts of the city.
When the body of one of the girls turns up bearing evidence of a satanic ritual, Murray begins to slot together the pieces of the puzzle. But as two more bodies are discovered, fear grips the city and a desperate hunt begins to find a truly terrifying killer before he claims his next victim.
THE DEVIL'S DAUGHTERS is the gripping new novel from Diana Bretherick, author of CITY OF DEVILS. A must-read tale of murder and intrigue, perfect for fans of CJ Sansom, Antonia Hodgson and Elizabeth Fremantle.
The Devil's Daughters makes good use of its Turin setting and its characters, particularly the real-life figure of the conceited, misguided yet brilliant Lombroso - THE SUNDAY TIMES
A fine debut which should establish Bretherick as a writer of forensic skills - and definitely one to watch - Crime Review
A historical crime novel with real originality and narrative energy - BBC HISTORY MAGAZINE