In the cold Toronto winter of 1895, the unclad body of a servant girl is found frozen in a deserted laneway. The young victim was pregnant when she died. Was her death an attempt to cover up a scandal in one of the city's influential families? Detective William Murdoch quickly finds out that more than one person connected with the girl's simple life has something to hide.
""A first novel enriched by the vividness of its period settings and animated by the lifelike characters caught up in its broad social sweep."" - New York Times
""Jennings creates more than a period mystery. She brings alive 1895 Toronto."" - Publishers Weekly
""Terrific . . . the best historical mystery of the year. . . . Murdoch is a fine creation. . . . We can't wait to meet him again."" - Mystery Collector's BookLine