I received this book for free from Tantor Audio in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.A Tale of Two Murders by Heather Redmond
Length: 9 hours and 13 minutes
Published by Kensington Publishing Corporation on July 31, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Tim Campbell
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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 . . .
Here is what I thought
When I seen this historical mystery about a young Charles Dickens I just couldn’t help but grab it. I am glad that I did.
So it’s about Charles Dickens and he is a journalist working for Mr. Hogarth. Charles quite fancies his daughter and he was over at their house when they heard a scream from the neighbors and goes to see what happen. So they rush over to see what has happened and find out that one the young ladies fainted, but it’s more than that because she ends up very sick and dies.
Lady Lugoson is distraught as it was her daughter who has died and when Dickens hears about another young lady who died the same way. This gets him curious about what might have happened and if they are connected somehow so he starts to investigate. He brings Miss Hogarth with him to call on the Lugosons and she kinda likes going with him to figure things out mostly because she gets to be with him and he likes having her there to for the same reason.
The more Dickens digs into what happened he opens a whole bunch of secrets about the Lugosons and some others. Some things that others don’t want anyone to know about. It gives you a slew of possible suspects which made it really hard to figure out whodunit. I really had no clue till it was revealed. It’s also the reason I don’t want to say to much about it because I think it’s best you find out for yourself. It’s a historical so you know it has a bit to do with reputations, etc.
A lot of the storyline is also about Charles Dickens and Miss Hogarth as he was doing his best to court her and had permission from her father but with threats of not hurting her. Father things. 🙂 So it has a lot of time period romancing along with the mystery.
I did enjoy the the characters as it was fun having Charles Dickens as a character. He was a very smart character and even the who mystery took him a long time to figure out and even then it wasn’t a aha moment or anything it was because something happened. I liked all of the Hogarths and Dicken’s brother Fred and their friend William. Overall, just a good cast of characters.
I would recommend this one to those who love historical mysteries and can’t wait to try the next one when it comes out.
This was my first time listening to Tim Campbell and I thought it was decent. He has a very commanding voice so at times I felt like it was a little to well I don’t know commanding. 🙂 Still enjoyable though.
Audio rating: 3.75