The Trumpeting Angel

by Marshall Browne

ISBN 1 875989 61 7


Publication date: January 2001



A saga of love, litigation and murder in Melbourne at the time of Federation.

In Melbourne in 1899, politician John Deveraux falls in love with Susan Fairfax, businesswoman and suffragette. Thwarted when he discovers her secret, he seeks revenge. Then his own past begins to catch up with him. A professional assassin arrives from California and the plot thickens with love affairs, unsolved crimes, the fight for women's rights, parliamentary feuds, and a trial.

This novel proceeds through the drawing rooms, business world and courts of late nineteenth century Melbourne. It contains a rich cast of characters, layer after layer of plot, curious social details and many arresting scenes. Famous historical figures make cameo appearances as Federation unfolds in the background, and the young nation steps with high hopes into the Twentieth Century.

Praise for Marshall's earlier historical novels:

Part historical novel, part thriller … the best Australian book I have opened this year Adelaide Advertiser

His weave of romance, history, business and geography works beautifully. The city sashays through the pages in all her brilliant – and often brazen – colour. Helen Elliott, Herald Sun

Duffy & Snellgrove are have also published the first two books in the trilogy, The Gilded Cage and The Burnt City. Read how Marshall Browne wrote his historical trilogy.

Marshall is also the author of a crime series featuring the Italian detective Inspector Anders, and a war thriller set in Nazi Germany, The Eye of the Abyss.



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