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The Penny Green Series

A series of mysteries set in late 19th century London and featuring the intrepid Fleet Street reporter Penny Green. The books can be read in any order. See all of Emily's books

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An Unwelcome Guest by Emily Organ
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Emily Organ Writer

4 days 7 hours ago

I've just signed another deal with Tantor Media to publish the audiobooks for PG books 5-8: Curse of the Poppy, The Bermondsey Poisoner, An Unwelcome Guest and Penny Green 8 (title tbc) πŸ˜ƒ 🎧

I'll let you know as soon as I have the publication dates!

Emily Organ Writer

1 week 7 hours ago

The main location in PG8 is Shoreditch Workhouse. One of its entrances was situated in the interestingly named Land of Promise on Hoxton Street flanked by the two buildings in this picture (thanks Google Streetview!).
The facade of the building on the left has been so well maintained that you can see what its role once was. The Unicorn pub on the right is no longer a pub but it's retained a lot of its external features and the earliest record I can find of it dates back to 1811. Its location by the workhouse and the poor relief offices gives you an indication of the type of people you'd have encountered in there!
Behind these buildings some of the original workhouse remains and is now part of St Leonard's Hospital. At the far end of the site from here, on Kingsland Road, is another impressive workhouse building which I'll put in a separate post.

Emily Organ Writer

3 weeks 8 hours ago

I've just come across this photo of notorious Newgate prison which I like because it shows a little of the surrounding area as well as the skyline with St Pauls cathedral. Newgate was demolished in 1902.
There was a prison on this site for over 700 years and it was rebuilt many times. The building in this picture was built in the late 18th century. London's gallows were moved to Newgate from Tyburn in 1782 so public executions were carried out here. Family stories claim that my great, great grandfather witnessed the last public hanging outside Newgate in 1868 (the doomed man was a Fenian, Michael Barrett). After that time executions were carried out in a shed within the prison until 1902.
The Central Criminal Court of England and Wales - better known as the Old Bailey - now stands on this site. The court has its origins in the 16th century and was once the courthouse attached to Newgate before taking over the site in its new building in 1907.
Newgate gets a few mentions in the Penny Green stories, perhaps it's time the prison become an actual location in them πŸ˜ƒ

Emily Organ Writer

3 weeks 6 days ago

Location scouting on Google Street View! I use lots of maps - old and new - to find locations for Penny Green and it's always a joy to find London streets which have changed little since Penny's day.
This location is Shepherd Market: a unique village-like location in the middle of Mayfair. Ideally I'd be there now exploring these little streets! But as most of my work has to be done at a desk, Street View is the second best way to explore.
Penny and James visit Shepherd Market in PG8 πŸ“•

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Emily Organ Writer

1 month 4 days ago

In PG8, Penny, James and Eliza visit Madame Tussaud's. If you've ever passed this building at the junction of Baker Street and Euston Road then you'll be familiar with the long queue of visitors waiting outside. Incredibly, Madame Tussaud's has been at this location for 184 years! 🀯
Marie Tussaud was a French artist who became famous for her wax models of celebrities in the late 18th century. During the French Revolution she was employed to make the death masks of famous guillotine victims Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette among many others.
In the early 19th century Tussaud travelled to Britain to exhibit her wax models, she remained in Britain for the rest of her life. She toured the country for a number of years before establishing her permanent exhibition in Baker Street in 1835.
After her death aged 88 in 1850, Tussaud's work was continued by her sons then grandson. In Victorian times Tussaud's was always quick to model the famous and notorious people of the day with criminals being displayed in the infamous Chamber of Horrors πŸ’€
Today, Tussaud's exhibitions can be found worldwide. The London venue remains as popular as the day it first opened.

Emily Organ Writer

1 month 1 week ago

Here it is! πŸŽ‰ The first book in the Churchill & Pemberley Series. Annabel Churchill and Doris Pemberley are an elderly detective duo who rarely achieve anything without ruffling a few feathers along the way.
New release price is 99c / 99p for a short time πŸ˜ƒ, so if you like cozy mysteries here's the link - http://hyperurl.co/jwf46e

Emily Organ Writer

1 month 1 week ago

It's been quite tricky keeping this secret, but I've been working on a 1930s cozy mystery series for some time now. I'm almost ready to reveal all! Watch this space πŸ‘€

Emily Organ Writer

1 month 2 weeks ago

My research often includes a look at Charles Booth’s poverty maps as they give me an idea of what an area was like in late 19th century London. The section in this photo includes Hoxton, Shoreditch and part of Bethnal Green in east London - so there’s a location clue for Penny Green book 8!
The maps are coloured according to the level of poverty in the area. Pink, red and yellow indicated middle class to wealthy areas while darkening shades of blue descended to poor and β€˜chronic want’ with black being the lowest class - β€˜vicious’ and β€˜semi-criminal.’
Charles Booth was a social reformer whose Inquiry into Life and Labour in London was published between 1886 and 1903.

Emily Organ Writer

1 month 2 weeks ago

For those of you who have patiently waited, the paperback version of An Unwelcome Guest is out now! πŸ“š
Ready to buy at Amazon and available very soon at B&N, Waterstones and other online stores - http://hyperurl.co/uhiq11