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

The Bermondsey Poisoner by Emily Organ
Limelight by Emily Organ a Victorian mystery
The Rookery by Emily Organ
The Maids Secret by Emily Organ
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Emily Organ Writer

6 days 17 hours ago

Here's the cover for Penny Green book 7! Publication date will be April/May and I'll let you know the exact date as soon as I have it 😃

Emily Organ Writer

1 week 5 days ago

West Norwood Cemetery in South London is one of London's ‘Magnificent Seven’ cemeteries which the Victorians built in the 1830s - 1840s when many of the church burial grounds were filled to capacity. Two of them - Highgate Cemetery and Kensal Green Cemetery - feature in Limelight. West Norwood Cemetery features in book 7 - most significantly the creepy catacombs 💀
There was a brief Victorian fashion for being laid to rest in these gothic, crypt-like structures where the coffins rest on shelves. The coffins had to be lead-lined to prevent any leaking of ‘contaminants’.
There are catacombs in a number of large Victorian cemeteries and many of them offer guided tours of their catacombs these days - including West Norwood. Fancy a visit?

Emily Organ Writer

2 weeks 6 days ago

In PG7 Penny and James visit the Twinings tea shop which has been in its current location on The Strand for over 300 years 🤯
Thomas Twining was a tea merchant who began serving tea in his coffee shop at the beginning of the 18th century. Twinings tea is a brand which is still going strong today and has held a Royal Warrant since the company began supplying Queen Victoria with tea in 1837 - it has supplied every monarch since. Jane Austen apparently wrote in her diary that her mother sent her to London to buy Twinings tea ☕️
Twinings is London’s longest standing ratepayer with the company having occupied the same site on The Strand since 1706. The shop is worth a visit for tea tasting at the Loose Tea Bar and spending (too much) on tea gifts.

Emily Organ Writer

3 weeks 3 days ago

In Penny Green 7, Penny, James and Eliza go to see Beckwith’s Great Swimming Entertainment at the Royal Aquarium. One of the stars of the show was ‘The Greatest Lady Swimmer in the World’ Agnes Beckwith who, at the age of 14 in 1875, swam 5 miles in the Thames from London Bridge to Greenwich 🏊‍♀️
Her swimming feats were numerous, including a 20 mile swim in the Thames when she was 17 in 1878. Thanks to London’s new sewerage system in the 1860s, the Thames was no longer an open sewer by Agnes’ time but it still can’t have been very nice to swim in!

Emily Organ Writer

3 weeks 6 days ago

Afternoon tea 19th century style ☕️😃

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1 month 3 days ago

West India Docks in London’s docklands feature in PG7. During my research I came across this photograph of the staff at West India Docks train station. It was one of many stations which serviced London’s docklands. I can’t think of an area of London which changed more drastically than the docklands during the 20th century - the area transformed from a bustling port to a business district with fancy apartments.
A few houses and old pubs remain and if West India Docks station hadn’t been demolished, it would be sitting in the shadow of the Canary Wharf development today. The rail track is still there and is now part of the Docklands Light Railway. What I love about this photo is how many members of staff were employed at the little station!

Emily Organ Writer

1 month 1 week ago

Stolen artworks feature in PG7 and this story gripped me during my research.
This painting is of Georgiana Cavendish, the Duchess of Devonshire and an ancestor of Princess Diana. After her marriage she lived at the famous Chatsworth House in Derbyshire. She was painted by Gainsborough a few times and this painting - with her oversized hat - was completed around 1785.
In 1876 the painting was bought by a London art gallery for 10,000 guineas - the most a painting had ever fetched then. Three weeks later it was cut from its frame one night and the painting vanished for 25 years 🤯
The culprit revealed himself in 1901 - he was Adam Worth, a notorious American criminal known as the ‘Napoleon of Crime’. He had stolen the painting as bail for his brother’s release from prison, but decided to keep it ‘for a rainy day’. He was a thief of diamonds and gems as well as a bank robber and forger. He’s said to have been the inspiration for the villain Moriarty in the Sherlock Holmes stories.
The painting was hidden in America until Worth negotiated through Pinkerton’s detective agency to sell the painting back to the London gallery for $25,000. So the master criminal did all right out of it in the end!
American banker JP Morgan then bought the painting from the gallery and it remained in his family until 1994.
The painting finally returned home to Chatsworth House when the Duchess’s descendant, the 11th Duke of Devonshire, bought the painting from the Morgans for just over $400,000. You can see it at Chatsworth today 😃

Emily Organ Writer

1 month 1 week ago

Bow Street police station and magistrate’s court features in a number of PG books including the seventh. A magistrate’s court was established here in 1740 in what was then a crime-ridden area. It became home to London’s (possibly Britain's?) first police force, the Bow Street Runners in 1749.

In the 1830s the new Metropolitan Police Service built a station on the site and a new magistrate’s court opened in 1881. Famous defendants here included Oscar Wilde, the Kray Twins, Dr Crippen, Bertand Russell, General Pinochet and Emmeline and Christabel Pankhurst (there’s a mix of people if ever there was one! 🤯).

The court closed in 2006 - the building still stands (opposite Covent Garden’s Royal Opera House) and is reportedly being redeveloped into a hotel and police museum by a Qatari investment firm.

Emily Organ Writer

1 month 2 weeks ago

The Inventor is out now on audiobook! If you own the kindle version you can usually download the audio version at a reduced price.

It's available on retailers other than Amazon too, so if you're after the link for a particular retailer or country just ask 😀

US - https://www.amazon.com/Inventor-Penny-Green-Book/dp/B07MG85JCV/
UK - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Inventor-Penny-Green-Book/dp/B07MG5SS18/
CA - https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B07CRBS398
AU - https://www.amazon.com.au/Inventor-Penny-Green-Book/dp/B07M7XK8NM/

The Inventor: Penny Green Series, Book 4