General Fiction (Adult) , Sci Fi & Fantasy
Pub Date 18 Sep 2018
The Night Crossing is a chilling gothic adventure in the vein of supernatural classics Dracula and Frankenstein. But as in many such tales the most horrifying monsters were once human. An intrepid explorer and Egyptian expert (Mina), a courageous writer fascinated by the occult (Bram Stoker), and a young woman seeking the truth behind her son’s death come together to face a malevolent power stealing the life essence of the poor, the people that no one will miss. But evil hides itself well, and wealth encourages society to look away, making it all the more difficult to challenge. Rich in atmosphere, The Night Crossing captures the feel of London at the time - the fascination with the paranormal, the love of Egyptology, the huge division between rich and poor.
Although Robert Masello indicates that Bram Stoker’s adventures within the pages of The Nigh...
Sitting Murder A Baffling Victorian Whodunnit
by A. J. Wright
Horror , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 12 Oct 2017
Sitting Murder is a competently written but somewhat lacklustre Victorian mystery. From the start you know that not all is kosher with Alice Goodway and her seances. She knows more than she otherwise should, but DS Michael Brennan does not believe in ghosts. When Goodway’s husband’s Aunt is murdered, he must unravel the threads of the past to find a clever and determined killer.
Conceptually the plot is acceptable. The problem is that the characters are difficult to empathize with. There is no one that is remotely interesting or in the least likable. Brennan seems to simply plod along. As an investigator he isn’t a compelling or unique figure. When you don’t care about the characters, you don’t care what happens.
On the whole, I can’t recommend Sitting Murder. There are many far better historical mysteries.
She Be Damned A Heloise Chancey Mystery
by M.J. Tjia Legend Press
Historical Fiction , Mystery & Thrillers
Pub Date 01 Aug 2017
She Be Damned is a difficult book to read, not because of the writing which is excellent, but the troubling topics it addresses. Prostitutes are being killed, but more than that their sexual organs are mutilated and removed. The victims are pregnant young women and their victimization is horrifying. Mrs. Heloise Chancey is similar to the girls in that as a courtesan, she too is dependent upon the goodwill of men, but differs in her status and treatment. She is also an accomplished actress, and has acted as a detective on previous occasions. This case is different, both because she is blackmailed into it and because it hits close to home. Heloise is to find a young pregnant who may have become a victim since she was banished from her home. It’s a difficult case both because it forces Heloise to visit places and people from her past, and puts her at...
The Colin Pendragon and Ethan Pruitt mysteries will immediately remind you of another more famous pair. There are quite a few characteristics shared by Holmes and Pendragon. The biggest difference lies in Pendragon’s many societal connections and his ability to play the dandy with aplomb. Pruitt like Watson is always a few steps behind, but always quick to lend a hand. Even his formidable housekeeper can be compared to Holmes's Mrs Hudson. Pendragon even has his own masterful female antagonist.
The plot is where The Endicott Evil shines. It is a mystery worthy of Holmes himself. An elderly woman is dead. The Yard believes her death a suicide, but her sister believes she was murdered by her aide. Colin Pendragon agrees the death is not suicide, but doesn't immediately fix upon a culprit. The case is complicated by Eugenia’s reluctance to sp...