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The Illusion of Innocence

The Illusion of Innocence

Jacqueline Jacques

An Archie Price Victorian Thriller

Archie Price, painter and police artist, has to attend a murder trial. The murderer, Fred, is on the same train, a prisoner in the guards' van, and Fred's sister, Polly, is also there, wanting to escape from her criminal brother. Fred's gang are desperate enough to derail the train to recover him. Injured in the horrific crash, Polly and Archie are both taken in by local rich farmers to recover, while Fred hides nearby. Polly is so frightened of her brother, she takes the chance to swap identities with another passenger. Archie, the only person who knows who she really is, tries to help and finds himself drawn deeper and deeper into her nightmare…

A gripping Victorian mystery thriller, THE ILLUSION OF INNOCENCE will appeal to all readers of historical crime.


'The author did a fantastic job of creating an engaging story and I hope that she writes more featuring these characters... I recommend this book for readers who love historical mysteries that offer something a little different from the norm of the genre.' - Girl Lost In a Book

'... a good read. It's enjoyable, well-researched, and demands that the reader consider one of those small bits of history that would easily be forgotten.' - Dwell in Possibility

'I was caught off guard by the fiery narrative. Perfect amount of mystery, thrills and suspense mingled with a light romance undertone. Fantastic ending.' - Raven Haired Girl

'The flow and pacing of this novel were wonderfully done... The author is new to me, but I'm quite sure this won't be the last book I read by Jacqueline Jacques.' - FictionZeal

Also in the Archie Price series, The Colours of Corruption:

'A historical thriller that is as rich in emotional depth as it is ingenious in plot.' -- - Michelle Spring

Publication Date


1 November 2015


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