It was a big old violent city where Nell lived, alone since her sister had married and moved away. This city was full of secrets and strange crimes. An unidentified body was discovered not far away from where Nell worked. People said it was dangerous for a young woman to live alone in such a city. Her young friends Amabel and Charlotte thought the house where she lived had its dangers too.
But was Nell alone? Or if she was, in what sense was Nell Alone? Nell had her secrets, and her violence too.
Jennie Melville, a pseudonym for Gwendoline Butler, was born and brought up in south London, and was one of the most universally praised of English mystery authors. She wrote over fifty novels under both names. Educated at Haberdashers, she read history at Oxford, and later married Dr Lionel Butler, Principal of Royal Holloway College. She had one daughter, who survives her.
Gwendoline Butler's crime novels are hugely popular in both Britain and the United States, and her many awards included the Crime Writers' Association's Silver Dagger. She was also selected as being one of the top two hundred crime writers in the world by The Times.