The Black Crow Conspiracy


In the London of 1902, everyone is looking forward to the new King’s coronation.  Meanwhile, the threat of war from across the sea looms large.  When the Crown Jewels are stolen, seemingly by a ghostly figure able to walk through walls, the Government and the police suspect enemies from within.  Penelope Tredwell, the intrepid 15 year-old editor of the struggling Penny Dreadful magazine, receives a mysterious letter from The Black Crow, who seems to know a great deal about the robbery.  She sets out with her sidekick Alfie and ageing ham actor Monty Flinch to solve the mystery but finds herself in mortal danger and at the heart of an international conspiracy.

This early novel by Christopher Edge, in the ‘Twelve Minutes to Midnight’ series is a fabulous thrill ride, resplendent with very villainous villains.  It also shows the author’s interest in science, very much to the fore in his more recent works, such as ‘The Many Worlds of Albie Bright”.


The Black Crow Conspiracy

Christopher Edge

(Nosy Crow)

The theft of the Crown Jewels, apparently by a ghostly apparition, is kept secret by the Government in the run-up to the coronation of King Edward VII.  Meanwhile, the threat of war looms from across the seas.
Penelope Tredwell, doughty 15 year-old editor of the failing ‘Penny Dreadful’ magazine, receives a letter, signed by The Black Crow.  The writer seems to know a lot about the theft and Penny leaps into action in an attempt to solve the mystery.  She finds herself in the utmost peril as she races against time to unmask the thief.
This is a final instalment of a terrific series featuring Penny Tredwell and her sidekick Alfie.  These fabulous early thriller novels from Christopher Edge feature superbly realised characters, engrossing plot and plenty of thrills.  They are available at Twelve Minutes to Midnight and Shadows of the Silver Screen


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