Title: A Tale of Two Murders
Author: Heather Redmond
Series Name: A Dickens of a Crime
Genre: Historical Mystery
Publication Date: July 21st, 2018
Pages: 320 (Hardcover)
Publishers: Kensington Publishing Corporation
On the eve of the Victorian era, London has a new sleuth . . .
In the winter of 1835, young Charles Dickens is a journalist on the rise at the Evening Chronicle. Invited to dinner at the estate of the newspaper’s co-editor, Charles is smitten with his boss’s daughter, vivacious nineteen-year-old Kate Hogarth. They are having the best of times when a scream shatters the pleasant evening. Charles, Kate, and her father rush to the neighbors’ home, where Miss Christiana Lugoson lies unconscious on the floor. By morning, the poor young woman will be dead.
When Charles hears from a colleague of a very similar mysterious death a year ago to the date, also a young woman, he begins to suspect poisoning and feels compelled to investigate. The lovely Kate offers to help–using her social position to gain access to the members of the upper crust, now suspects in a murder. If Charles can find justice for the victims, it will be a far, far better thing than he has ever done. But with a twist or two in this most peculiar case, he and Kate may be in for the worst of times . . .
This review won’t be in my normal format as I find it hard to review mystery books as I don’t want to give anything away!
I did really enjoy this book. It literally had me guessing the whole time. I had absolutely no idea who the murder was until that person was confessing at 95% of the way through the book. This book kept me hooked and I was so intrigued by all the characters. There were scandals and secrets at every turn and that keeps you on your toes!
I enjoyed our main character, Charles Dickens, however, I don’t know anything about the real Charles Dickens, so I was unable to actually make a connection except the name. But as I said I did enjoy him. I liked that he was an amateur of sorts. I’m used to reading Hercule Poirot mysteries and he is a pro at it. But in this one young Charles was just taking any hint he could get and he changed his mind nearly every chapter about what things were important and who was suspected.
Other characters I liked were Fred who is Charles brother. He was funny and interesting and I think that was because he was that bit younger. William was another interesting character that I enjoyed. Also, Miss Kate Hogarth was enjoyable. I loved that we had a female of that era that was able to come in and help and even though some of the males tried to think of her as too delicate to hear about such things she proved them wrong. Julie was awesome too. I liked that she was a bit rowdier and modern compared to most of these old-fashioned proper people in the book.
I also enjoyed the setting of the book which was 1835 London. I don’t usually read historical books set that far back as my prefered Historical fiction is WW2 based but I found it very interesting.
I was provided with an eGalley of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much to Kensington Publishing & NetGalley for this opportunity.
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