The Corpse Played Dead by Georgina Clarke – Book Review

The Corpse Played Dead by Georgina Clarke – Book Review

The Corpse Played Dead by Georgina Clarke

The Corpse Played Dead
Lizzie Hardwicke Book Two

Author – Georgina Clarke
Publisher – Canelo
Released – 19th August 2019
Format – ebook, audiobook
Review by – Stacey
Rating – 5 Stars
I received a free copy of this book.
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When an undercover assignment for the Bow Street magistrate sees prostitute Lizzie Hardwicke trade Ma Farley’s Bawdy House in Soho for life as a theatre seamstress on Drury Lane, it becomes clear quite quickly – what goes on in the wings is much more intriguing than the theatrics being played out on stage…

Soon Lizzie is once again thrown together with the handsome Inspector Will Davenport when a high profile investor is brutally hanged at centre stage and Lizzie discovers the body. With the suspect list rivalling any casting call, Lizzie will have to use every trick she’s hidden up her sleeves to unravel the tangled threads and bring the culprit into the spotlight.

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Lizzie Hardwicke is back in the second book in the series by Georgina Clarke, the first book ‘Death and the Harlot‘ I reviewed back in May.

In ‘The Corpse Played Dead’, prostitute Lizzie is once again helping Inspector Will Davenport this time working undercover in Theatre Royal where a series of serious accidents have happened and the owner Mr. Garrick believes someone is trying to ruin him.

Lizzie is now working as a seamstress in the theatre so that she can keep an eye on what is happening and report any problems, though she didn’t expect to find a prominent man, albeit an arrogant, nasty man, Lord Hawbridge with his throat sliced dangling above the stage.

With the accidents at the theatre now turning to murder the race is on to find who is trying to ruin Mr. Garrick.

What I love about this series is how likeable Lizzie Hardwicke is. She is ballsy, strong-minded and isn’t afraid to speak her mind. We know that she ended up at Ma Farley’s Bawdy House in Soho working as a prostitute after her mother died and her father kicked her out. Back in them days, there weren’t many working options for women and so Lizzie chose to become a prostitute, one of the best she would tell you.

After what happened in the first book – I won’t give anything away – Lizzie has become quite famous and everyone knows her name and the men all want a piece of her, so going undercover wouldn’t be easy but with her beautiful dresses swapped for rags, her makeup removed, and hair now limp no-one could recognised the famous ‘Lizzie’, not even herself.

The whole plot is exciting and you will feel like you have stepped back in time as Georgina Clarke has certainly done her research on the Georgian era. There were plenty of characters all who played their parts beautifully and made you feel like you were watching the story unfold rather than reading about it.

The first book was a page-turner, this one had me invested from the first page to the last and I eagerly returned to it every time I had to put it down. The only things that I missed were Ma and the girls as they didn’t really play a part in this book and I would love to of seen more of Davenport too. I now can’t wait for book three and to see what happens in Lizzie’s life next.

Book Reviewer – Stacey

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About the Author

Georgina Clarke The Corpse Played Dead

Georgina Clarke has a degree in theology and a PhD in history but has only recently started to combine her love of the past with a desire to write stories. Her Lizzie Hardwicke series is set in the mid-eighteenth century, an underrated and often neglected period, but one that is rich in possibility for a crime novelist.

She enjoys running along the banks of the River Severn and is sometimes to be found competing in half marathons. In quieter moments, she also enjoys dressmaking.

She lives in Worcester with her husband and son, and two extremely lively kittens.

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12 Responses

  1. The cover of this book instantly drew me in! And I love the sound of the female main character as you’ve described her too.

  2. Tasha says:

    Cool cover and a great review.

  3. Great review Stacey, I am really glad you are fully enjoying this book series so far and this series looks and sounds like an amazingly fantastic book series. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and for putting this book series on my radar.

  4. DJ Sakata says:

    This sounds divine – I wants

  5. Emma Mane says:

    Yes book two sounds amazing. I adored book one. Fabulous review.

  6. Great review!

  7. Kathy West says:

    Sounds like a great book!

  8. Robin Loves Reading says:

    Great review. I just know I would love this book..

  9. Ivana A says:

    I haven’t heard of it before, but seems like something I might enjoy!

  10. Samantha says:

    Sounds like a great book. Great review too!

  11. Shelley W says:

    I love historical fiction. Super review.

  12. I like this cover! Lizzie sounds badass; love strong women characters.