A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Monday, August 15, 2016
8/15/1888 Waxwork begins
August 15, 1888. The action began on this date in Waxwork, Peter Lovesey's last novel about Victorian police detective Sergeant Cribb. The wife of a photographer is convicted of murder. While she is awaiting execution a photo is anonymously sent to the government that seems to prove she could not have done it. Cribb is ordered to settle the question, quietly, and before the execution date.