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Publisher's Summary

The prize-winning author of Edinburgh Twilight returns to the darkening shadows of nineteenth-century Scotland to track a killer on a profane mission of revenge.

A wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients - a railroad lineman who she believes succumbed to the horrific effects of arsenic poisoning. The most provocative aspect of the case doesn’t escape Hamilton: the married victim’s numerous sexual transgressions.

Now, for the first time since the unexplained fire that killed his parents, Hamilton enters the Royal Infirmary to gain the insights of brilliant medical student Arthur Conan Doyle. Then a second poisoning occurs - this time, a prominent banker who died in the bed of a prostitute. It appears that someone is making Edinburgh’s more promiscuous citizens pay for their sins.

As the body count rises and public panic takes hold, Hamilton and Doyle delve into the seedy underbelly of the city, where nothing is as it seems, no one is immune to murder, and even trusted friends can be enemies in disguise.

©2018 Carole Lawrence (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Excellent recording.

The story is very satisfying with many y plot twists and we'll drawn characters (including many historical ones). For me the best part was Mr. Mattacks' recording, which added another dimension to the story.... and it was free with kindle unlimited :) I would also recommend the first book in the series to readers who have not come across it yet.

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So glad #2 is here!

Loved the first one and loved the 2nd. Scottish mystery and characters at their finest. Keep them coming!!

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Wonderful!

I was anxiously awaiting the next installment in the series and certainly not disappointed! Can’t wait for the next!

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Wonderful mystery!

Love this series. Very engaging, held my interest through to the end. Great narration. Looking forward to the next in this series.

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well done

hope there will be more of the Edinburgh series. well written n love the audio. very pleased

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Hated for it to end!

Having been born and raised in Edinburgh, or Auld Reekie, I was able to see in my minds eye all the streets
And locations mentioned.
The characters were all three dimensional. And the accents done well. I found myself slipping back into my own accent, still there after fifty years in the United States.
While all that was wonderful and nostalgic, having a good story behind it all, wouldn’t have made this as good as it is.
And making me impatient for the next tale of Detective Ian Hamilton. I think these stories will be listened to often and enjoyed again.

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  • Trish R.
  • JACKSONVILLE, FL, United States
  • 09-23-18

Book and narration could have been better..


This was a decent second story BUT I just hate when an author has to have the father molesting a 7 year old and then she becomes a killer. The men actually deserved it but that’s beside the point. If I’d known it was going to be on incestuous molestation I doubt I would have read it. If the mystery writers aren’t writing about killing kids they’re writing about molesting them. I’ve reached my limit with those.

I did like Ian Hamilton and his partner Sergeant Dickerson, as well as Ian’s brother Donald and his Aunt Lillian, and Ian’s friend Arthur Conan Doyle, who was studying to be a doctor but told Ian “he did do a little writing.” LOL. I thought that was pretty funny.

There was a smidgen of romance in this but absolutely no swearing.

I’m assuming there will be a 3rd book because there were unanswered questions left BUT it was NOT a cliffhanger.

As to the narration: Simon Mattacks kind of went with the flow, not great but not terrible either. His females needs help and his emotions when he reads is just okay. I’m sad to say his narration wasn’t as good as Napoleon Ryan in the first book.

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Excellent mystery and narration, dark topic

This is the second in series of detective novels set in Victorian Edinburgh, Scotland. Ian Hamilton is a likable main character, and the entertaining supporting cast includes people from vastly different levels of society, including some real-life personalities in this case.

The descriptions of the city in 1880 are very good and the atmosphere is fun. I did question a few things that didn't seem authentic to the time period, but I tried not to let those throw me off. There are also times when the author goes a little overboard with philosophy, but otherwise the story moves along at a decent pace. The mystery itself was presented very well, and the denouement was satisfactory but not exciting.

I have to add that the coming out of one of the characters as homosexual was—as far as I can tell—just jumping on the gay bandwagon. It seems all authors these days feel they must include the topic, although it didn't add anything to the plot. That was a disappointment, merely because it was unnecessary.

The narrator of the audiobook, Simon Mattacks, was very good. His timing was particularly good, and his Scottish accents really added to the story; I wasn't fond of one of the voices, but a narrator only has so many choices.

Quite a bit of sexual references, some violence but nothing graphic, no foul language. The tone is quite dark, but so is the plot; this is definitely NOT a cozy mystery.