The latest novel from Heather Redmond’s acclaimed mystery series finds young Charles Dickens suspecting a miser of pushing his partner out a window, but his fiancée Kate Hogarth takes a more charitable view of the old man's innocence . . .
London, December 1835: Charles and Kate are out with friends and family for a chilly night of caroling and good cheer. But their blood truly runs cold when their singing is interrupted by a body plummeting from an upper window of a house. They soon learn the dead man at their feet, his neck strangely wrapped in chains, is Jacob Harley, the business partner of the resident of the house, an unpleasant codger who owns a counting house, one Emmanuel Screws.
Ever the journalist, Charles dedicates himself to discovering who's behind the diabolical defenestration. But before he can investigate further, Harley's corpse is stolen. Following that, Charles is visited in his quarters by what appears to be Harley's ghost—or is it merely Charles’s overwrought imagination? He continues to suspect Emmanuel, the same penurious penny pincher who denied his father a loan years ago, but Kate insists the old man is too weak to heave a body out a window. Their mutual affection and admiration can accommodate a difference of opinion, but matters are complicated by the unexpected arrival of an infant orphan. Charles must find the child a home while solving a murder, to ensure that the next one in chains is the guilty party . . .
About the book
Here I’m reading a book about Charles Dickens for the first time. I was given the opportunity to read this book by the author thanks to Partner in Crime Tour and I have to say that I’m discovering a new way of writing mysteries that I like.
We’re following the adventure of Charles Dickens and this book tries to solve a mystery of a fallen body, a dropping baby and ghostly appearances. In fact just like the famous Dickens’s book we have a scroodge, ghosts and a christmas tale. I do know Charles Dickens’ book, I haven’t read it because of the language which is quite old and it is difficult for me reading it in English but I do know the tale and I did find lots of common representations here.
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...
About the book
A Tale of Two Murders is the first book in the series dedicated to Charles Dickens as an investigator. Charles is a young journalist in England in the 1800s with a somewhat troubled past due to his father but who wants to prove that he is not like him. One evening he is having dinner with his boss and suddenly they hear a cry in the house next door. The young daughter of the neighbour is ill so the two, with the oldest daughter of hi boss, run to help the family. Unfortunately, however, the girl dies in mysterious circumstances as she is young and in full health.
Charles does not rest easy especially when he finds out from his friend and colleague that another girl of the same age died under the same circumstances exactly a year earlier.
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