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.Lies That Comfort and Betray by Rosemary Simpson
Length: 12 hours and 31 minutes
Published by Kensington on January 30th, 2018
Source: Tantor Audio
Narrator: Sarah Zimmerman
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Also by this author: What the Dead Leave Behind
Heiress Prudence MacKenzie is a valuable partner to attorney Geoffrey Hunter, despite the fact that women are not admitted to the bar in New York’s Gilded Age. And though their office is a comfortable distance from the violence that haunts the city’s slums, the firm of Hunter and MacKenzie is about to come dangerously close to an unstoppable killer . . . LIES THAT COMFORT AND BETRAY The murders in Whitechapel are shocking enough to make news worldwide, and in the autumn of 1888, Geoffrey and Prudence find the stories in the New York Herald quite unsettling. But London is not the only city to be terrorized by a mad butcher. Nora Kenny makes the occasional journey on the Staten Island ferry to work in Prudence’s Fifth Avenue house, just as her mother once served Prudence’s mother. As little girls, they played freely together, before retreating into their respective social classes. Still, they remain fond of each other. But when Nora slips away to Saint Anselm’s one chilly Saturday to confess her sins and never returns, Prudence is alarmed. And when Nora’s body is discovered in a local park, Prudence is devastated. Nora will not be the only young woman to fall victim, but the police are uncertain what they are dealing with. Has the Ripper sailed across the Atlantic to find a new hunting ground? Is some disturbed soul copying his crimes? A former Pinkerton agent, Geoffrey intends to step in where the New York Metropolitan Police seem to be failing, and Prudence is just as determined to protect the poor, vulnerable females being targeted. But a killer with a disordered mind and an incomprehensible motive may prove too elusive for even this experienced pair to outwit. From the author of What the Dead Leave Behind, this is a suspenseful and richly atmospheric mystery that captures both the elegance and sophistication of nineteenth-century New York, and the secrets and bloody terrors that lurked behind its gilded facades.
“Simpson's debut, first in a planned series, features complex characters, a vivid look at old New York in the late 1800s, and a mystery with a twist.” —Kirkus Reviews
“Launching an atmospheric new series set in Gilded Age New York, Simpson incorporates historical events and figures to add verisimilitude to this tension-filled story. For mystery readers who appreciate period detail, including fans of Anne Perry’s Thomas and Charlotte Pitt mysteries.” —Library Journal (starred review)
Here is what I thought
Its 1888 and news of the London ripper has hit New York and it’s very unsettling and then they have to worry about their own ripper. One of Prudences childhood friends, who was a servant, is found dead in a horrible way.
Though the men try to keep the horrible things from Prudence she won’t be hearing of it. She is now working as a partner to Geoffrey Hunter and she wants to find out what happened to her friend. When more young ladies are found they find it takes them to ladies of prostitution and they find a few different people whom they think it could be.
The police arrest Nora’s fiance as they think he did it but he swears he didn’t do it and Prudence believes him. She finds out that her friend had a few secrets and wasn’t very innocent. Once clue leads to another as they race against time trying to find out who has done these evil deeds before any other women die.
I really like Prudence, she is starting to realize that she will never be a proper lady. She might be an heiress but she can’t help her curiosity for things unlady like. I really like Geoffrey as well, though he does try and keep the grim deaths away from Prudence he doesn’t really stop her from it. He has really come to care for her and just really worries about her wellbeing. I enjoy the secondary characters as well.
It has a really good mystery and I had a hard time trying to figure out which one done it which is good! Though it doesn’t bother me if I figure it out I do like to be surprised.
If you like historical mysteries then I think you should give this series a try. I am looking forward to the next one.
I am really liking Sarah Zimmerman, she does a great job with this series.
Audio rating: 4