The House on Half Moon Street
Description: Everyone has a secret... Only some lead to murder. Introducing Leo Stanhope: a Victorian transgender coroner's assistant who must uncover a killer without risking his own future Leo Stanhope. Avid chess player; assistant to a London coroner; in love with Maria; and hiding a very big secret. For Leo was born Charlotte, the daughter of a respectable reverend. But knowing he was meant to be a man - despite the evidence of his body - and unable to cope with living a lie any longer, he fled his family home at just fifteen and has been living as Leo: his secret known to only a few trusted people. But then Maria is found dead and Leo is accused of her murder. Desperate to find her killer and under suspicion from all those around him, he stands to lose not just the woman he loves, but his freedom and, ultimately, his life. A wonderfully atmospheric debut, rich in character and setting, in The House on Half Moon Street Alex Reeve has created a world that crime readers will want to return to again and again.
Review: An entertaining and ingenious psychological drama of gender identity enfolded within a dexterously plotted and deeply satisfying Victorian murder thriller. Leo Stanhope is an impulsive, infuriating and ardently honourable accidental detective driven by his passions - a vibrant, intense character for whom the ultimate mystery is himself -- Rachel Holmes The House on Half Moon Street is everything you want from a novel - a wonderful evoked setting, a fascinating cast of characters, a plot that turns the pages for you and beautiful, intricate writing. I loved it -- William Ryan A wonderfully fast moving drama with a wealth of captivating characters...And yet, below the decadent charm, historical issues of women's rights are threaded so well into the plot - as is the writer's sense of tenderness when describing the desperate loneliness of feeling `other' in one's physical body -- Essie Fox, author of The Last Days of Leda Grey It's hard to believe that this is a debut. Alex Reeve writes with confidence, insight and poise, and I was gripped from first page to last. Leo Stanhope got under my skin and has stayed there. He is authentic, engaging and utterly believable, and I felt for him at every step as he walked the streets of Victorian London. I adored this book, for its intricacy, its vividness and its compassionate heart. -- Stephanie Butland, author of Lost for Words A masterful Gothic mystery full of unsettling twists, riveting turns and characters that would make Dickens jealous -- Kaite Welsh, author of The Wages of Sin
Author Biography: Alex Reeve lives in Buckinghamshire and is a university lecturer, working on a PhD. The House on Half Moon Street is his debut, and the first in a series of books featuring Leo Stanhope. @storyjoy