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

Tragedy at Piddleton Hotel by Emily Organ
An Unwelcome Guest by Emily Organ
Limelight by Emily Organ a Victorian mystery
The Rookery by Emily Organ
Emily Organ Writer

Emily Organ Writer

1 day 14 hours 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

3 days 9 hours 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 week 2 days 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 week 5 days 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

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Emily Organ Writer

2 weeks 2 days ago

Today is #LondonHistoryDay so I'm choosing my favourite historical location in the Penny Green series. It's a tough decision but it has to be the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel.
I lived just a stone's throw from this breathtaking Gothic style building when I was a student and it fascinated me at the time because it was derelict. You can't beat an old, empty building for captivating your imagination πŸ˜ƒ
It opened as the luxury Midland Grand Hotel at St Pancras station in the 1870s, but when the 20th century arrived it fell out of favour with guests as the rooms had no bathrooms. The hotel sat empty from the 1980s until redevelopment and a reopening in 2011 as the upmarket St Pancras Renaissance London Hotel.
The hotel industry took off in the 19th century with the building of many impressive hotels in cities around the world. I enjoyed researching them to come up with the Hotel Tempesta in An Unwelcome Guest. Although the hotel is fictional, the Victorians really did love their exotically themed rooms and suites. The Midland Grand Hotel must have been very impressive when it first opened.

Emily Organ Writer

2 weeks 6 days ago

This card was issued by the Rational Dress Society and was sent to me by Christopher Haslop who found it at a collector's fair at the weekend. As you know, Penny's sister, Eliza, embraces the look. The Rational Dress Society was formed in 1881 in response to the cumbersome clothing which women wore. With pastimes such as cycling and tennis becoming more popular, women found themselves restricted by corsets and heavy petticoats and skirts.
Dress reform was controversial for a long time with Lady Harberton refused entry for lunch at a hotel in Ockham, Surrey in 1899, for wearing baggy knickerbockers.

Emily Organ Writer

3 weeks 4 days ago

So this happened! πŸŽ‰ Thank you very much everyone for supporting the latest Penny Green release πŸ˜ƒ

The National Archives

Emily Organ Writer

3 weeks 5 days 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

3 weeks 6 days 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 πŸ˜ƒ You can find Steve's website here: www.steveosullivanphotography.co.uk