The year is 1900, and photographer Beatrix Spencer has just opened her photographic studio in the bustling colonial metropolis of Sydney. But it is a turbulent time to start a new business. A deadly outbreak of bubonic plague is threatening the city, causing public panic, putting ships into quarantine and causing unrest on the wharves. The colony is preparing to send soldiers to the Boer War. Women are struggling to gain rights and recognition.

When a mysterious passenger disappears from a quarantined ship, Beatrix is drawn into the investigation led by Detective Fergus Blair, who has secrets of his own. Against a backdrop of disease, politics and violence, Fergus and Beatrix find that their city has an underworld that is more dangerous than either of them realized. And somewhere, another more sinister photographer is at work...


Christa A. Ludlow

Christa A. Ludlow has studied history and law and for several years was the Curator at the Justice and Police Museum in Sydney. She has organised exhibitions and tours and authored publications on the history of crime and law in New South Wales. She now works as a lawyer, while maintaining her interest in history and writing. She has a Master of Arts in Writing from the University of Technology Sydney, and lives in Sydney.


Series: Beatrix Spencer

Year of Publication
Book Number (in series)
Review Review - Taken At Night, Christa A. Ludlow
Karen Chisholm
Friday, April 15, 2016
Blog Easter Reading #3 - Taken at Night, Christa A Ludlow
Karen Chisholm
Tuesday, March 29, 2016

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