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

An Unwelcome Guest 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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The National Archives

Emily Organ Writer

1 day 47 minutes ago

This is brilliant!

Scotland Yard used to receive many letters from individuals hoping to make contact with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes.

Allegedly a secretary was later employed to respond, explaining he was no longer detecting and had left London to enjoy a rural retirement in Sussex. (MEPO 2/8449)

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Emily Organ Writer

2 days 43 minutes ago

More brilliant photos taken by Steve O'Sullivan who visited some Penny Green locations last week. You don't need me to tell you where this is, do you? It features in Limelight 😃 You can find Steve's website here:

Emily Organ Writer

5 days 2 hours ago

It's publication day! 📚🎉 Have you got your copy yet?

Emily Organ Writer

1 week 2 minutes ago

This wonderful photo of the Royal Vauxhall Tavern was taken just yesterday by Steve O'Sullivan. He's a photographer who's visiting some Penny Green locations! I think this photo really shows off the impressive Victorian architecture of the pub - I love its curved shape. The RVT features in The Maid's Secret and The Bermondsey Poisoner.
If you've read any of my historical notes then you'll have read about the RVT before. If not, then here's the summary:
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern was built in the 1860s and is now a famous gay venue. Many of the buildings which neighboured the pub have since gone but the Tavern is set to remain there for a long time yet having been made a Grade II listed building in 2015 in recognition of its importance to the LGBT community and history.

Steve's website featuring more of his work is here:

Emily Organ Writer

1 week 5 days ago

Only a week to go until publication day! 😃 An Unwelcome Guest includes a Pinkerton detective 🔎 The famous detective agency was founded by Scotsman, Allan Pinkerton, in 1850s Chicago.
It wasn't unknown for Pinkertons to work with Scotland Yard in the late 19th century - ease of travel between countries meant a number of career criminals were international.
In 1873 William Pinkerton, son of founder Allan, worked with Inspector John Shore of Scotland Yard to convict an American gang who defrauded the Bank of England of around $13m/£10m in today’s money. The two also worked together for decades on chasing down American master criminal Adam Worth, dubbed the ‘Napoleon of Crime’. It's difficult to summarise his career here, but he's been the inspiration behind a lot of fiction - as have the Pinkertons!

Emily Organ Writer

2 weeks 3 days ago

The pre-order is live! Publication date for An Unwelcome Guest is May 17th. Order your copy now - 99c / 99p for early birds 😃 - the link should take you to the relevant store for your country, just let me know if it doesn't work.

An Unwelcome Guest (Penny Green Series Book 7)
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Emily Organ Writer

3 weeks 1 day ago

Emily Organ Writer updated their cover photo.

Emily Organ Writer

3 weeks 3 days ago

Announcement on the publication date for An Unwelcome Guest coming very, very soon! Meanwhile I've updated the map of Penny Green's London with the locations featured in the book 😃

Penny Green's London - Google My Maps
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Emily Organ Writer

1 month 1 week ago

We visited Highclere Castle today, better known by many as Downton Abbey. The current building was designed by Sir Charles Barry, architect of the Houses of Parliament.
Highclere is home to the Carnarvon family, and the 5th Earl of Carnarvon funded Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922. The two men entered the tomb in November that year and Lord Carnarvon died just four months later in 1923 from an infected mosquito bite. His death led to speculation on the ‘Curse of Tutankhamun’ 💀
There’s a fascinating Egyptian Exhibition in what were once the servants quarters in the basement. In Downton Abbey, a set was used for below stairs, but everything else was filmed in the house. The eighth Earl of Carnarvon and his family now live at Highclere.
Not strictly a Penny-Green-related bit of history, but maybe Penny needs to solve a mystery here one day? 😀