Book review: The Coroner’s Daughter

Abigail Lawless always had a curious mind and it is a thirst for fascinating facts her doting father is always eager to feed. 

Book review: The Coroner’s Daughter

Andrew Hughes

Doubleday Ireland, £13.99; ebook, £9.49

But when Abigail, the daughter of the coroner of Dublin in 1816, begins to dig into his business, there are sure to be dangerous consequences.

As she goes deeper, drawing those around her into peril in the process, she encounters the seedier side of the capital.

Not forgetting she is the daughter of a well-to-do member of society, where dressing to be the belle of the ball is more regularly under the microscope of public scrutiny than the lives of the temporary residents of her father’s workrooms.

As she investigates the secrets of a young mother who killed her own child, Abigail is brought to the attention of a mysterious religious sect with growing popularity and influence in the city.

Andrew Hughes has already won acclaim for his debut novel, The Convictions Of John Delahunt, and with The Coroner’s Daughter, he will win more praise.

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