An exciting historical crime thriller set in Paris and Switzerland in 1902 – the era of La Belle Epoque and the Entente Cordiale.This is the first instalment in the adventures of young American detective, Joseph Appeldoorn, and Miss Amelia Peachy,MoreAn exciting historical crime thriller set in Paris and Switzerland in 1902 – the era of La Belle Epoque and the Entente Cordiale.This is the first instalment in the adventures of young American detective, Joseph Appeldoorn, and Miss Amelia Peachy, Edwardian actress and athlete, British secret agent, and mistress of disguise and intrigue...In this first episode, which takes them from Paris to Bern to Lake Constance, the pair encounter beautiful courtesans, deadly assassins, anarchist plots, Russian revolutionaries and royalty, as well as both the young Picasso and Albert Einstein...The time is March 1902.
The Boer War is coming to its conclusion in South Africa, while turn-of-the-century Europe is beset with political rivalries between imperial dynasties, and the threat of violent anarchist groups. Paul Kruger, former President of the Transvaal Republic, has hired a deadly assassin, codenamed “the Butcher”, to kill Edward VII, the new King of England, in reprisal for British action against the Boers. Joseph Appeldoorn is a young and rather naive American, a scientist turned reluctant detective, sent to Europe to find a missing Connecticut heiress, Eleanor Winthrop.
Joe’s search for the missing girl takes him from Paris to Bern where he finds a murdered woman in a hotel bath and is himself nearly murdered by a mysterious German, before being rescued from the River Aare by the young Albert Einstein. Joe follows further leads in his search for the heiress that take him to a political meeting in Zurich addressed by Lenin, and on to an infamous bordello, Le Royale. Here he encounters the enticing British agent Amelia Peachy...Joe and Miss Peachy soon come together in their bid to both find the missing heiress and to foil this dangerous assassin, but must face many new and dangerous challenges on the way.
In particular they discover that Germany now has a new and potent weapon to use against the British Empire – a giant airship called a Zeppelin...