Before he was even sure the man was there, the figure darted into the alley, leaving behind only the impression of the tilt of a hat, the flick of a hem, the lift of a heel. A shadow skittering into the shadows.

Two women at opposite ends of the social scale, both brutally murdered.

Principal Officer Dan Foster of the Bow Street Runners is surprised when his old rival John Townsend requests his help to investigate the murder of Louise Parmeter, a beautiful writer who once shared the bed of the Prince of Wales. Her jewellery is missing, savagely torn from her body. Her memoirs, which threaten to expose the indiscretions of the great and the good, are also missing.

Frustrated by the chief magistrate’s demand that he drop his investigation into the death of the unknown beggar woman found savagely raped and beaten and left to die in the outhouse of a Holborn tavern, Dan is determined to get to the bottom of both murders. But as his enquiries take him into both the richest and the foulest places in London, and Townsend’s real reason for requesting his help gradually becomes clear, Dan is forced to face a shocking new reality when the people he loves are targeted by a shadowy and merciless adversary.

The investigation has suddenly got personal.


Death Makes No Distinction is the third Dan Foster Mystery. Bloodie Bones, the first in the series, was joint winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016. The Butcher’s Block (which was awarded an IndieBrag Medallion in 2017) is second in the series. The books can be read as stand-alone stories.

“Lucienne Boyce takes us confidently into both halves of London; the magnificent houses and the slums around Covent Garden. A very good read indeed.”

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Death Makes No Distinction is joint DD Revs Book of the Month

Death Makes No Distinction was selected as joint Book of the Month by Discovering Diamonds in September 2019. “The characters are well-drawn, the plot is tight and highlights the difficulties of an ordinary ‘policeman’ trying to make headway in the days when only the intuition, talents and determination of men like Dan Foster could hope to succeed.” Find out more here.

Death Makes No Distinction awarded Chill With a Book Premier Readers’ Award

A Chill With a Book Premier Readers’ Award is given to books that receive exceptionally high evaluations from Chill Readers, with books being assessed for characterisation, quality of writing, and plot. Find out more about the award here.


Death Makes No Distinction has also won Chill With a Book’s Cover of the Month Award for October 2019! The credit for that must go to the lovely design team at SilverWood Books.



“Following Dan Foster as he goes about his role as one of the Bow Street Runners, attempting to keep law and order on the streets of London, always makes for an exciting historical adventure…Beautifully written and intricately plotted Death Makes No Distinction continues this exciting historical series with another compelling murder mystery.”

Read the full review at Jaffa Reads Too.