Mayhem

From  Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Sarah Pinborough
Title:  Mayhem
Visions of blood! Opium induced dreams of doom! Nineteenth century London is gripped by fear, as Jack the Ripper and the Torso Killer are leaving mutilated corpses throughout the city. Scotland Yard and police surgeon, Dr. Thomas Bond, are hunting these elusive killers.  A mysterious Jesuit priest is also searching for the Torso Killer, but his theories about this monster are much darker and unnatural.  Definitely not for the squeamish, this macabre suspense will haunt you.

A Lesson in Chemistry

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Jillian Stone
A Lesson in Chemistry
In 1887 London,” forensics” is a new science being used to fight crime.  Archibald Bruce is the Director of the Crime Laboratory for the Criminal Investigations Division of Scotland Yard whose typical day is spent collecting and testing evidence, dealing with explosives and creating new devices.  In his spare time he is a Professor of Chemistry at the university where he meets Fiona Rose.  Archie finds love, rescues Agent Phineas Gunn and becomes entangled in a mission to stop an arms dealer from supplying weapons and explosives to anarchist factions throughout Europe and the Americas.  Readers familiar with the Gentlemen of Scotland Yard series will be familiar with Archie who is an important character, but not one of the major characters.  I am glad to learn more about him and hope that he becomes the focus of a future novel.  The titles in the series are:  “An Affair with Mr. Kennedy” bk 1, “A Dangerous Liaison with Detective Lewis” bk 2 and “A Private Duel with Agent Gunn” bk 3.  This exclusive Kindle eBook is available on our circulating Paperwhite Kindle.

The Yard

From Rosemarie Jerome
Author:  Alex Grecian
The Yard
Detective Inspector Walter Day is new to the Scotland Yard’s Murder Squad. When a body is found in a steamer trunk at the Eaton Square Station, it becomes his investigation. Pressure to solve the case quickly increases when word gets out that it is one of their own, Inspector Christian Little, who has been murdered. Day is assisted by coroner, Dr. Bernard Kingsley, who is a forensic pioneer at University College Hospital. Their unconventional methods are ridiculed by his superiors and colleagues and he begins to doubt his ability to solve the crime. To add to his distress, Constable Nevil Hammersmith, discovers the body of a 5 year old boy stuffed halfway up a chimney. Are these two cases somehow connected? Set in Victorian London, the period details and the use of real historical figures makes this a must read for fans of Sherlockian mysteries and the advent of criminology such as in Caleb Carr’s The Alienist.

The Black Hand

from Rosemarie Jerome
author: Will Thomas
The Black Hand
This is the fifth book in the Barker & Llewelyn series which includes:  Some Danger Involved, To Kingdom Come, The Limehouse Text, and The Hellfire Conspiracy.  Set in Victorian London, the series contains all the elements for an enjoyable read; it has action, romance, humor, intrigue and quirky characters that you just love reading about.  Each book deals with a different ethnic group, so you discover a part of London society that is not often covered in historical thrillers.  Thomas Llewelyn gains more shocking insights about his elusive employer with each book, so that adds to the fun.  The Black Hand takes you into the mirky world of the Mafia.  Baker & Llewelyn, who are private enquiry agents, are asked to assist the Thames Police with their murder investigation.  When it is discovered that each victim received a cryptic Black Hand message prior to their death, the Mafia becomes a suspect and our heroes become a target.