Rosie’s #Bookreview Team #RBRT MURDER & MAYHEM by @carolJhedges #SundayBlogShare

Today’s second team review is from Liz, she blogs here https://lizannelloyd.wordpress.com/

#RBRT Review Team

Liz has been reading Murder & Mayhem by Carol Hedges

Murder_Mayhem

Murder and Mayhem by Carol Hedges

 

In “Murder and Mayhem” Victorian progress continues apace. The age of the railway has begun and people’s homes are being knocked down to make way for the tracks. It is 1863 and lowly bank clerks, Danton Waxwing and Edwin Persiflage relieve the monotony of their daily drudge by plotting anarchist deeds. Inspector Lachlan Greig, however, is more concerned with the discovery of tiny bodies revealed by the railway company’s explosives.

 

Meanwhile in Fitzroy Square, Daisy Lawton, spoilt daughter of an eminent surgeon, tries on beautiful dresses, in which to meet a potential husband. Her former school friend, Tishy Simpkins, would prefer to continue her studies aided by the Ladies’ Literary and Philosophical Society, but she is enforced to look after her young brothers and attend to domestic tasks, by her uncaring father. Amongst the other characters in the novel is young engineer, Fred Grizewood, who would dearly love to discuss his ideas with his renowned mentor, Joseph Balgazette, but an unexpected event changes his life profoundly.

 

This novel is rich with mid Victorian life, from the gutter press to the fine drawing rooms and on to rough pubs frequented by villains and prostitutes. Struggling in this hectic world, are oppressed women, caring police officers and evil baby farmers.

 

I take particular pleasure from the authentic 19th century writing style, so fitting to the subject matter and my knowledge is enriched by the inclusion of words which are new to me, such as “cynosure”. The definition of this word, used by Carol Hedges, is, “something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance.” I think that’s an accurate description of this book.

Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

 

Rosie’s #BookReview Team #RBRT MURDER & MAYHEM by @carolJhedges #HistFic #Mystery

Today’s second team review is from Terry, she blogs at http://terrytylerbookreviews.blogspot.co.uk/

Rosie's Book Review team 1

Terry has been reading Murder & Mayhem by Carol Hedges

Murder_Mayhem

Murder & Mayhem by Carol Hedges

5 out of 5 stars

I’ve read the other three of Carol Hedges’ colourful, amusing and really rather brilliant Victorian murder mystery series, and this was every bit as good.  They’re complete stand alones, by the way, no need to read them in order.

Murder & Mayhem follows the stories of several wonderful characters: lovely, outwardly superficial, privileged Daisy Lawton, a girl looking forward to her first ‘season’; Ms Hedges very cleverly avoided the trap of making her merely empty-headed, but gave her a heart of gold, too, especially when it came to her friend, poor Letitia, who is bound to a life of drudgery by her horrible father.  Then we have the would-be anarchists, Persiflage and Waxwing, Scottish detective Lachlan Greig, and various other upper middle class ne’er-do-wells, street rogues and those eager to make money by foul means, mostly the evil ‘baby minders’ around whom the story centres.

Inspector Lachlan Greig: ‘… a certain glint in his eye possessed by those who have found they are generally more intelligent than most people around them but haven’t yet learned that the most intelligent thing they can do is not to let said people find this out.’

Mr Sprowle, landlord: ‘… educated in the School of Hard Knocks, leading to a degree in Resentment.’

Just two lines I picked out, there are so many more little gems.

This book is not just a clever story with hilarious characterisation and descriptions so good you want to read them twice.  It’s an insight into how difficult life really was for women in those days, only 150 years ago, and a view into Victorian London as clear as any film or TV drama series.  When I got to 84% I thought ‘oh, no, I’ve only got a little bit left’, and tried to make it last as long as possible.

I believe this might be the last in the series but I do hope not; as long as Carol Hedges keeps writing these books I’ll keep reading them as soon as they’re available, and you should, too!

Amazon.co.uk or Amazon.com

 

 

 

Mystery Book Tour Day 7 #MysteryNovember Diamonds & Dust by Carol Hedges

November Mystery Tour

Welcome to Day 7 of this November mystery Book Tour.

Today our guest is Carol Hedges and her book Diamonds & Dust.

18843459

Where is Your Home Town?
I live in Harpenden, Hertfordshire, it’s a mid-sized town just north of London. I can get into London by train in 20 minutes, which is handy for shopping, visiting my daughter and new granddaughter, and researching locations for my books.
How Long have you been writing?
I’ve been writing since I was at school, just bits and pieces, but I only started getting published in my 40s. I’ve had 13 books published, mainly teenage and YA. Last year, however, I decided to move on to writing adult historical fiction. Diamonds & Dust is my first adult novel.
What is your favourite sub-genre of mystery?
I love Historical mysteries, especially those set in or written in the nineteenth century. I’m a great fan of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins and all those great novelists of the period and the chance to pay homage to their talent was just too tempting to resist.

Where is Diamonds & Dust Set?
Diamonds & Dust is set in London in 1860 … it was an interesting period, just before all the major rail and road developments, but just far enough away from the 17th century.
Who are the two Women in your book?
The two main protagonists are Josephine King, a young girl who is rescued from a ghastly boarding school by her uncle, and Lilith Marks a prostitute turned business woman. They seem an unlikely ‘team’ but fate draws them together and makes them friends.

What is the mystery they are trying to solve?
They are trying to discover who murdered Josephine’s uncle Herbert King, who was also Lilith’s lover. There is also a mystery surrounding a beautiful diamond, left to Josephine by her uncle. Someone wants to get their hands on it…and they are not going to stop until they do…
What was your favourite part of the research for this book?
My favourite bit of research was visiting London to take pictures of all the places used as locations in the novel. It was amazing how many of the old Victorian locations still exist, almost unchanged. Sometimes you have to look ‘up’ to see the old buildings, but they are still there. I also enjoy researching online. There is a wealth of original material to be found. Wherever possible, I like to go to a direct source .. that’s where the authentic voices are.

Tell us about some of the Victorian characters in your book and their jobs.
Some of the other characters include: a small crossing sweeper called Oi, a rich spoilt society girl called Isabella Thorpe, and a trusty clerk called Trafalgar Moggs. Oh – the the two detectives, Detective Inspector Leo Stride and Detective Sergeant Jack Cully – who appear in each of the succeeding novels ..rather like Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson. The books are crammed with minor characters… a bit like a Dickens novel.
What are you working on at the moment?
The second book in the series, Honour & Obey will be published on November 18th. It revolves around the ever topical hunt for a husband. In the 1860s it was even worse than now: no internet, a lot of social rules and regulations, a rigid class system and a surplus of women! The book explores the plight of 3 different women, all on the lookout for love and marriage. Who ends up with a man and who doesn’t? You will have to read the book to find out!

Where can readers find out more about you?
Carol's_Birthday_2014.008
I love social media. I’m a real Twitter addict, so the first place to find me is by following me on Twitter: @carolJhedges I put up pictures, links to my books and blogs, links to my friends’ books and blogs and really,anything that takes my fancy. I love chatting, so drop by and say hello.

You can always visit my blog: http://carolhedges.blogspot.co.uk I blog every week, posting the latest on at 8 am (UK time) on a Saturday. Here you can read my ramblings about life, or check out a ‘Pink Sofa’ post, where a fellow writer is invited to share their books and writing experiences.
I have an Amazon page:  http://www.amazon.co.uk/Carol-Hedges/e/B0034PUES6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1/277-0303524-9780940 where you can get details of my other books.
 
 
Diamonds & Dust purchasing links: Amazon US: buff.ly/18SdNOV   UK:buff.ly/18fkua3
 
also available on Nook, Smashwords …as ebook and book.