The Bastendorffs’ home was considered one of the few respectable boarding homes in Victorian London...until the discovery of a corpse unleashed a sex scandal and murder mystery that has still gone unsolved. Who would want to murder the quirky, old Matilda Hacker? And how had no one discovered her corpse for so long?
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