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Friday, August 12, 2011

Two for Sorrow - Giveaway and Review

They were the most horrific crimes of a new century: the murders of newborn innocents for which two British women were hanged at Holloway Prison in 1903. Decades later, mystery writer Josephine Tey has decided to write a novel based on Amelia Sach and Annie Walters, the notorious, "Finchley baby farmers," unaware that her research will entangle her in the desperate hunt for a modern-day killer.

A young seamstress-an ex-convict determined to reform-has been found brutally slain in the studio of Tey's friends, the Motley sisters, amid preparations for a star-studded charity gala. Despite initial appearances, Inspector Archie Penrose is not convinced this murder is the result of a long-standing domestic feud - and a horrific accident involving a second young woman soon after supports his convictions. Now he and his friend Josephine must unmask a sadistic killer before more blood flows - as the repercussions of unthinkable crimes of the past reach out to destroy those left behind long after justice has been served.

In the latest mystery by Nicola Upson, Two for Sorrow, takes the readers into two different storylines. One is the story that Josephine has been researching on the Finchley baby farmers that were hanged in 1903. Found guilty of offering pregnant women alternatives to keeping their babies, they were accused of killing those babies instead of finding viable adoptive parents who were willing to adopt or purchase unwanted babies. The reader takes a journey as Josephine begins to write her book based on a true life mystery based on the facts she gleens from meeting with people who were present at the time the women were hanged. Amelia Sach's believed she was innocent even as she went to the gallows.

Now however in the midst of writing this book and researching more information on baby farming, a reformed woman prisoner from Holloway prison is found murdered. What connection does she have with the baby farmers and how far is the killer willing to go to make sure that justice is served in their minds.

I received this novel compliments of TLC Book Tours for my honest review and found this to be a most unusual story line. Interesting in that it takes a form of the book that you are reading as it's being written in parts by Josephine and while she begins to slowly unravel a new mystery right before her eyes while she is researching material for her book. I rate this book a 4.5 out of 5 stars.

For even more great information about this book, the author and where to purchase a copy for your own, click on the links below:

Thanks to the generous folks at TLC Book Tours, they are offering a giveaway copy to one lucky reader of my blog. Here are your guidelines:

1. You must be a follower of my blog, Reviews From The Heart.

2. You must be a resident of the US or Canada. Please No P.O. Boxes.

3. I will need a way to contact you by email so please be sure to leave your email address along with your comment. You can use the words (at) or (dot) instead of the symbols.

4. Leave a comment and tell me why you'd love to win a copy of this book.

The giveaway will end on August 22nd, and I will notify the winner by email.


  1. This sounds fascinating! I've added it to my Wish List! Please count me in. Thank you!

    nfmgirl AT gmail DOT com

  2. I love historical fiction mysteries! And you've given it such a good rating, I'm totally hooked. Please put my name into the giveaway hat! (And then later pull my name out as the winner! LOL) Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy.

    geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

  3. Sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway!


  4. Sounds like a great read. Please enter me in contest.

  5. I am a GFC follower (USA)

    This sounds like a very interesting weaving of stories.

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  6. I'm a follower by gfc and a subscriber by email.
    Please enter me. Great interview!

    I posted this to my blog:

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  7. This sounds like an interesting book I would enjoy reading

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  8. I am a email subscriber and I follow you on FB to

    amhengst at verizon dot net

  9. would love to read this novel...the subject matter is close to my heart...i'm a follower, too

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  10. I like the idea of a book within a book - sounds interesting! Thanks for being a part of the tour.

  11. I follow via GFC.

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  12. I would love to win this book because it sounds like a real page turner.

    lag110 at mchsi dot com


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