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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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    5 out of 5 stars

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars

Spicy Victorian mistory

Enjoyed the story, however the narrator was better on Edinburgh Twilight, more emotional with proper accents. Story plot could have been more condensed, with less emphasis on tertiary characters. But I choose this book because it is a Victorian mystery and unique with a female serial killer.

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    5 out of 5 stars

An excellent second book in a new and very promising series

A good balance of multiple story lines. Characters are developing personality. And depth. The progression of the the various lines of the background of the characters lives give promise of new interesting possibilities for future novels in the series. Avery satisfying mystery with a good pace.

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  • Bethany
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 10-21-18

well done

This is the first book from this author and narrator to which I've experienced and I am glad I did. It was well written and performed. Warning: There are a few descriptions which are necessary for the cohesiveness of the story but which may be troubling for some.

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Thoroughly Enjoyable!

My first thought is to recommend that you do not read this book until you have read book one. The development of the characters is so good that you’ll not want to miss a single interaction between Hamilton and each one. However, the novel is so well written that it really isn’t necessary. Whatever you choose to do I believe that , if you enjoy the genres, this is an excellent way to get your read on. The story is gripping, the characters engaging, and the poetic prose lovely. Not a moment was wasted reading this book!

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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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    5 out of 5 stars

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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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • oak brook, illinois United States
  • 09-21-18

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • rasta empress
  • 12-15-18

Spicy Victorian mistory

Enjoyed the story, however the narrator was better on Edinburgh Twilight, more emotional with proper accents. Story plot could have been more condensed, with less emphasis on tertiary characters. But I choose this book because it is a Victorian mystery and unique with a female serial killer.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-18

An excellent second book in a new and very promising series

A good balance of multiple story lines. Characters are developing personality. And depth. The progression of the the various lines of the background of the characters lives give promise of new interesting possibilities for future novels in the series. Avery satisfying mystery with a good pace.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bethany
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 10-21-18

well done

This is the first book from this author and narrator to which I've experienced and I am glad I did. It was well written and performed. Warning: There are a few descriptions which are necessary for the cohesiveness of the story but which may be troubling for some.

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  • Performance
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  • Wil Altamirano
  • Bay Area, CA
  • 10-20-18

Thoroughly Enjoyable!

My first thought is to recommend that you do not read this book until you have read book one. The development of the characters is so good that you’ll not want to miss a single interaction between Hamilton and each one. However, the novel is so well written that it really isn’t necessary. Whatever you choose to do I believe that , if you enjoy the genres, this is an excellent way to get your read on. The story is gripping, the characters engaging, and the poetic prose lovely. Not a moment was wasted reading this book!

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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • CaliReader
  • 10-20-18

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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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Leona Kealty
  • 10-04-18

Wonderful!

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • RescueMom
  • 10-04-18

Wonderful mystery!

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
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  • teresa macias
  • 10-03-18

well done

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

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    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • John Bisset
  • Los Angeles
  • 09-29-18

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.

Sort by:
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • oak brook, illinois United States
  • 09-21-18

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • rasta empress
  • 12-15-18

Spicy Victorian mistory

Enjoyed the story, however the narrator was better on Edinburgh Twilight, more emotional with proper accents. Story plot could have been more condensed, with less emphasis on tertiary characters. But I choose this book because it is a Victorian mystery and unique with a female serial killer.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-18

An excellent second book in a new and very promising series

A good balance of multiple story lines. Characters are developing personality. And depth. The progression of the the various lines of the background of the characters lives give promise of new interesting possibilities for future novels in the series. Avery satisfying mystery with a good pace.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Bethany
  • PHOENIX, AZ, United States
  • 10-21-18

well done

This is the first book from this author and narrator to which I've experienced and I am glad I did. It was well written and performed. Warning: There are a few descriptions which are necessary for the cohesiveness of the story but which may be troubling for some.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Wil Altamirano
  • Bay Area, CA
  • 10-20-18

Thoroughly Enjoyable!

My first thought is to recommend that you do not read this book until you have read book one. The development of the characters is so good that you’ll not want to miss a single interaction between Hamilton and each one. However, the novel is so well written that it really isn’t necessary. Whatever you choose to do I believe that , if you enjoy the genres, this is an excellent way to get your read on. The story is gripping, the characters engaging, and the poetic prose lovely. Not a moment was wasted reading this book!

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • CaliReader
  • 10-20-18

So glad #2 is here!

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Leona Kealty
  • 10-04-18

Wonderful!

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • RescueMom
  • 10-04-18

Wonderful mystery!

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • teresa macias
  • 10-03-18

well done

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

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • John Bisset
  • Los Angeles
  • 09-29-18

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.