The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman.
Random House: NY, 1987.
Originally published by Oxford University Press: Great Britain, 1985.

The Ruby in the Smoke is a Victorian murder mystery with some historical bits thrown in. It's not as long or dramatic as His Dark Materials, but it is an interesting story with the mystery of the ruby besides Sally's father's murder.

Co-owner of a shipping company, Sally's father travels to India to check on business, and his ship is sunk. She receives an anonymous warning note. When she visits the firms office, the man she speaks with inquiring about the phrase, the Seven Blessings, drops dead of fright. So, her investigation begins.

related-murder mystery, Indian opium trade, stereoscopes, women in Victorian England

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