Fear & Phantoms (The Victorian Detectives Book 6) by @carolJhedges ~ Historical #CrimeFiction #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT

Author: Carol Hedges

Published: September 2018 by Little G Books

Category: Historical, Crime Fiction, Book Review

When a young man’s body is discovered buried deep beneath the winter snow, Detectives Stride and Cully little realise where the discovery will take them. Is his murder a random, one-off event, or could the death be linked to the mysteriously elusive individual who has already brought down one of the City’s long-standing private banks?

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Wonders & Wickedness (The Victorian Detectives Book 5) by @carolJhedges #HistFic #TuesdayBookBlog

  • Author: Carol Hedges
  • Published: August 2017 by Little G Books
  • Category: Historical Fiction, Victorian, Crime, Book Review, Books, Reading

1864 marks the arrival of a brand new department store right in the shopping heart of Oxford Street. What owner John Gould does not expect, is the presence of a dead man in one of his display windows. How did he get there? And why has Gould’s store been picked out as a murder location?

Meanwhile Sir Hugh and Lady Meriel Wynward are not expecting to hear from their daughter Sybella, who died in a railway accident two years ago. So when a letter written in her hand arrives unexpectedly, on what would have been her eighteenth birthday, it throws them into turmoil. What is going on?

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Rack & Ruin ~ #Victorian Murder Mystery book 4 by Carol Hedges #TuesdayBookBlog #RBRT @carolJhedges

  • rack-ruin-front-coverAuthor: Carol Hedges
  • ARC Review
  • Category: Crime, Thriller, Historical Fiction
  • five-stars

The city is in the grip of railway mania when the gruesome discovery of several infant corpses in an abandoned house forces Inspector Lachlan Greig of A Division, Bow Street Police Office and his men to enter the dark and horrific world of baby farming.

It’s the spring of 1863 in the city of London, and as Hind Street is being demolished to make way for the railway, something horrifying is uncovered by the construction workers. Inspector Lachlan Greig of the Metropolitan Police, based in Bow Street, is called to the scene, where the bodies of eleven dead babies have been discovered.  Continue reading

#FridayBookShare ~ Murder & Mayhem by @carolJhedges ~ A #Victorian Crime #Thriller @ShelleyWilson72

#FridayBookShare ~ an excellent idea created by Shelley Wilson

With the weekend approaching it’s the perfect time to seek out new books to read, so Shelley created a Friday Book Share meme to help search for that ideal read.

FridayBookShare

Anyone can join in. Just answer the following F.R.I.D.A.Y. questions based on the book you’re either currently reading (or listening to, in my case) or have just finished reading. Use the hashtag #FridayBookShare and remember to tag Shelley (@ShelleyWilson72)  Continue reading

Death & Dominion ~ A Victorian Sensation Novel

  • Death&DominionAuthor: Carol Hedges
  • Published: October 2015 by Crooked Cat Publishing
  • Category: Historical Fiction
  • five-stars

When Detectives Stride & Cully are called in to investigate a fatal case of arsenic poisoning, they quickly realise that there is a lot more to it than meets the eye. Despite their best efforts, secrets and lies will dog the investigation and frustrate their efforts. It will take all the skill and ingenuity of two of Scotland Yard’s finest to get to the truth of the matter. 
Meanwhile London is playing host to two enigmatic strangers: 
Darkly handsome Mark Hawksley has come to enrich himself at the expense of the gullible and greedy by selling fake shares in a bogus diamond mine company. 
Beautiful Belinda Kite has come to find excitement and adventure, and maybe bag herself the prize of a rich husband in the process. 
What will happen when their paths cross? 
Murder, love, trickery and false identities abound in this third Victorian crime novel, set once again in the foggy gas-lit streets and twisting alleyways of 1860s London. 

Tall and handsome, Mark Hawksley arrives in London and, with his partners in crime, intends to assemble as many rich business men as possible with the promise of more wealth if they will only consider investing in his diamond mine. Another newcomer to the city is Miss Belinda Kite, arriving as companion to Miss Grizelda Bulstrode, sister of Josiah Bulstrode, who are in London to escape an ‘Unfortunate Incident’ suffered by Grizelda. Continue reading

Honour & Obey ~ A Victorian Murder Mystery #2

  • Honour&ObeyAuthor: Carol Hedges
  • Published: November 2014 by Crooked Cat Publishing Ltd
  • Category: Historical Fiction, Murder, Mystery
  • five-stars

The long awaited sequel to Diamonds & Dust , Honour & Obey brings together Detective Inspector Leo Stride and his assistant Detective Sergeant Jack Cully. It is London, 1861 and a serial killer stalks the dark gaslit streets.
In another part of the city, Hyacinth Clout, bullied and despised by her older sister, decides to find love via the lonely hearts column of a newspaper. But will it be romance, or ruin?

A serial killer stalks the streets of London targeting the unfortunate women working in or for the sweat shops of the garment industry. Until that is, a well to do young lady meets her maker in a theatre box. The women all are all killed in the same way but unfortunately Detective Inspector Leo Stride and his Detective Sergeant, Jack Cully, of the detective division of the Metropolitan Police, aren’t making a lot of progress. The killer leaves no evidence and no witnesses have come forward. Only Emily Benet whose friend was the first victim, is willing to help the detectives. Stride and Cully must use any and all means at their disposal to try and apprehend the killer. Once again they are persecuted by the press for failing to do so in record time, with discrediting headlines, such as ‘Ghastly Murder’ and ‘Baffled Detectives’ which do nothing but hamper the investigation. Continue reading

Memento Mori ~ Katy O’Dowd

  • KOD-MM-EBAuthor: Katy O’Dowd
  • Published: April 2014 by Untold Press LLC
  • Category: Historical/Murder/Mystery
  • four-stars

 

Take tea with the Victorian Mafia – organized crime has never been so civilised. Revenge is a dish best served cold. At the Lamb residence, it is also served on fine bone china. The untimely demise of Thaddeus Lamb leaves his son Riley in charge of the vast Lamb empire, which imports tea, picks pockets, extorts, and keeps men warm on cold winter’s nights. And so the Lambs grieve for their father in the best way they know how… Retribution. Hired by the new head of the Fox Family, a position recently vacated by another untimely demise, the assassin O’Murtagh is tasked with the utter destruction of all the Lamb Family’s business associates. They learn the hard way that there is no better hit man than a beautiful woman with tricks and weapons up her finely coiffed sleeves. Treachery and deceit abound in the streets of London, and no one is safe. Honestly, it’s enough to make anyone drink. Would you care for one lump or two

I was given an ARC by the author in exchange for my review.

Although this is not my usual reading, I did enjoy it in the main. Once or twice I kind of lost the plot and had to go back a few pages but was soon back on track.

It started well, the prologue was enough to draw me in. O’Murtagh, a female assassin in Victorian London, started life as a ragged, homeless, five-year old urchin. She survived the manipulation and being used by various people during her childhood until she is taught how to fight and kill.

O’Murtagh, an intriguing character, is hired for revenge killings, leaving a trail of bodies in her wake completely without remorse. She enjoys her ‘job’ even if it entails killing people she loves.

It’s the Victorian equivalent of organised crime including murder, prostitution, smuggling and deception, it’s all going on with never a dull moment. It’s grim in parts as befits the era but with humour to offset.

I like the structure of the story as we follow O’Murtagh on her killing spree, with flashbacks to her childhood which show how she became who she is, and the Lamb family who are desperately trying to find their father’s murderer. I like the newspaper passages which give another perspective. The plot lines and characters are woven together all the way to the surprising conclusion.

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