The Corset is a Victorian-era, gothic murder mystery. Ruth is a young seamstress, who is given the death sentence for a murder she confesses to. She is visited regularly by Dorothea who has a fascination for phrenology (the study of the cranium as an indicator of character). The visits are part of a charitable cause, but allow her to pursue her hobby at the same time. When Ruth shares her background and the ability of her stitches to cause harm to the garment’s owner, Dorothea is sceptical. She attributes this to superstition and oldwives’ tales. But several events cause her to question the nature of evil, and rationality. Beautifully written, atmospheric and exciting.