London, 1900: While Monet paints the wintry mists over the Thames, the bodies of two young women are dragged from its murky depths, arousing fears of a return of Jack the Ripper...

By now a celebrated and successful artist, Claude Monet returns to London to paint his famous Thames series. Nostalgic for his earlier visit in 1870, the old man busies himself with a frenzy of creative activity. Little does he know, however, that his haunting canvasses will act as a backdrop to a series of savage killings. Oliver Craston, a fledgling diplomat at the Foreign Office, happens to be nearby when an unrecognizable body is pulled from the Thames—and from then on, he's unwillingly drawn into the police investigation. Meanwhile, with anti-French sentiment running high in London, the Foreign Office wants Craston to keep a close eye on M. Monet and his son, who are staying at the Savoy Hotel. But none of the men knows that the source of the horror—a horror beyond even the imagination of an artist—stalks the floor above M. Monet's suite. Jane Jakeman not only takes us into a fascinating historical era with a compelling suspenseful story, but explores the human drives toward creation and destruction—and the universal struggle to understand the visions of each other's seemingly alien souls.


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In The Kingdom of Mists
by Jane Jakeman

Prime Crime
May 2, 2004
ISBN #0425195120
368 pages
Hardcover (reprint)
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