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They sense my charisma. Smell your aftershave, more like. But a case is coming that will change his life. A young woman called Amy sits in a quiet London church, and is found dead in her pew after the service. But no-one has been near her. She has no marks on her body and the cause of death is unknown. The only odd thing is that she had a red cord tied around her left wrist.
At a government dinner party to welcome heads of state, the wife of civil servant Oskar Kasavian gets drunk and insults the gathering. Angered by the invisible code that governs British class behaviour, she continues to behave so badly that she is eventually sectioned.
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But Bryant thinks she is being victimised. Soon he is investigating Hellfire clubs, class warfare, secret codes and the history of Bedlam. Then the wife is found dead with a red cord around her wrist.
But something is wrong. The atmosphere is uncomfortable, the guests are on edge. Breaking in, the Kramers are faced with an open window, an empty cot, and a grotesque antique puppet of Mr Punch lying on the floor.
As John May and his team interrogate the guests, Arthur Bryant heads into the secret world of automata and stagecraft, illusions and effects. Was it a tragic accident, or could the circumstances of her death be related to the case? This office is starting to look like your old room in Mornington Crescent. But the only mystery on their books looks like a mundane accident — a young mother falls down the escalator in a rush-hour tube station, in full view of commuters and cameras. Still, detectives Arthur Bryant and John May are nagged by the doubt that something wicked has occurred.
When a clue links a second corpse to the London Underground, Bryant needs no excuse to start investigating the strange history of forgotten stations, ghosts and suicides, as a seemingly trivial clue sends him searching for a clever killer who always covers his tracks. With the suspect list spreading to include a household of students, it seems everyone has secrets to hide. And who is the sinister night crawler spotted in the tunnels after the last train has pulled out?
To solve the puzzle they must explore a unseen world, uncover hidden histories and stop a ruthless killer from striking again. But the biggest shock is discovering that nothing is ever as it appears. Not proper saw-off-the-arms-and-legs-boil-the-innards-put-the-head-in-a-handbag-and-throw-it-from-a-bridge-jobs, no.
The situation worsens with the appearance of a second headless body. Half-man, half-beast, the figure appears at night on building sites in the mystical image of a forgotten legend.
The detectives uncover the Pagan secrets of the historic streets and start to discern a pattern. Although phosphorous was banned in Sweden and the USA, the British government had refused to follow their example, arguing that it would be a restraint of free trade. The company reacted by attempting to force their workers to sign a statement that they were happy with their working conditions.
When a group of women refused to sign, the organisers of the group were sacked. However, other newspapers such as The Times, blamed Besant and other socialist agitators for the dispute. The women at the company also decided to form a Matchmakers' Union and Besant to become its leader. After three weeks the company announced that it was willing to re-employ the dismissed women and would also bring an end to the fines system.
The women accepted the terms and return in triumph. The women worked from 6. If workers were late, they were fined a half-day's pay. Annie Besant also discovered that the health of the women had been severely affected by the phosphorous that they used to make the matches.
This caused yellowing of the skin and hair loss and 'phossy jaw', a form of bone cancer. Although phosphorous was banned in Sweden and the USA, the British government had refused to follow their example, arguing that it would be a restraint of free trade.
On 23rd JuneBesant wrote an article in her newspaper, The Link. The company reacted by attempting to force their workers to sign a statement that they were happy with their working conditions.