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The Murder Next Door

July 1912

Leeds, England


A man is found dead on his study floor and his now-missing wife is the obvious suspect. To their neighbour, Louisa Knight, it's a shocking piece of news, but nothing more. However, when she tells her 'companion' over breakfast, Ada Chapman nearly breaks their teapot and looks ready to run out the door.

For Ada watched Mrs Pearce leave from the window of her painting studio. A moment's glance of a fearful face brings back old memories and gives her doubts.

As far as the more pragmatic Louisa is concerned, Ada's determination to investigate is bound to lead them into trouble. Again. Yet Louisa's curiosity cannot be denied, and as the pair delve deeper into their neighbour's life what they uncover only clouds the issue further. The question soon becomes not just 'Who killed Mr Pearce?' but also 'Does that person deserve to hang for it?'

Even if the couple can find the guilty party, will they be able to agree what should become of them?



'The Murder Next Door is Sarah Bell's debut novel and what a debut it is! The atmosphere is fantastic [and] the language, both in the narrative and in dialogues, takes the reader back seamlessly.' LezReviewBooks.com

'The queer murder mystery of my dreams...I adored this clever mystery and can't wait for Ada and Louisa's next adventure.' Booksprout review

'Layer upon delicious layer of intrigue, twists, turns, companionship, and a strong commitment to justice. I could go on and on for days about how much I enjoyed this book, but I won't. I just say this - get this book and let Sarah Bell suck you into her story.' Goodreads review

'The characters were a highlight - Louisa and Ada burst off the page with life and realism [and] I really liked having the historical detail of Louisa's understanding of her asexuality contextualised.' Goodreads review

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