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Likeness first edition (2017)

A Mortal Likeness is the 22nd novel by Laura Joh Rowland and the second novel in the Sarah Bain series. It was released on January 9th, 2018.


A photographer in 1889 London, Miss Sarah Bain runs a private detective agency with her friends, Lord Hugh Staunton and former street urchin Mick O'Reilly. Their sole credential is that they solved the Jack the Ripper case, a secret they can never tell because they did it outside the boundaries of the law. Their new big case arises when a wealthy banker, Sir Gerald Mariner, posts a handsome reward for finding his missing infant. All of London joins in the search. But Sarah has an advantage--a photograph she took during a routine surveillance job, which unexpectedly reveals a clue about the kidnapping.

After Sir Gerald hires Sarah, Hugh, and Mick to find his son, they move into his opulent mansion, where they discover a photograph of baby Robin. It eerily resembles postmortem photographs taken of deceased children posed to look as if they're alive. Was the kidnapping real, or a cover-up for a murder? Is the perpetrator a stranger, or someone inside the troubled Mariner family? The case hits close to home for Sarah as it intertwines with her search for her father, who disappeared after he became the prime suspect in a murder twenty-three years ago. She finds herself on the wrong side of the law, which threatens her budding romance with Police Constable Barrett. But Sarah must uncover the truth about Robin's kidnapping, and her own family, before her past catches up to her.

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March 2nd, 2018: The Hangman's Secret is the title of the third novel of the Sarah Bain series. It is set to be released sometime in February 2019.
March 2nd, 2018: Rowland will be attending a book talk and signing at Aunt Agatha’s Mystery Bookstore in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The talk and signing will be on March 24th, 2018 and will begin at 2:00pm.
March 2nd, 2018: Rowland will be attending a book signing at the Public Library Association Conference. The conference is being held in the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Philadelphia. The conference will be on March 22nd, 2018 and will run from 2:00pm to 3:00pm.
November 22nd, 2017: On her Facebook page, Rowland teased her latest project: "A Guide to Victorian Death Rites", a graphic novel set to be released some time after A Mortal Likeness is published.


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