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Murders in a bleak winter in the early years of nineteenth century England, a time of cold, rain and snow, when typhus takes lives and work is scarce, when there is little comfort for anyone. And the Winter Hunt is on, beginning with the search for the homeless seventeen-year-old Kitty Wallace, wanted by both the authorities and a fearsome criminal gang. when Will Peel, a cashiered army officer, steps into this mix of mayhem and murder, the pair must flee for their lives across a grim landscape. The author takes the reader into a dark world of sordid inns and public houses; to dank prisons, workhouses and squalid tenements. and then there are the characters who people this adventure tale: the menacing convict Skimmington, the astute magistrate Mr Prout, the quack doctor Mr Sawsby, the mysterious Mr Heselton and that coolest of killers, the monstrous Teddy Kellett. The author is a historian with a particular interest in the crimes and criminals of the period. Several of the incidents in the story are based on actual events.