Friday, March 23, 2018

Review - Mind of a Killer by Simon Beaufort

Mind of a Killer by Simon Beaufort
Publisher: Severn House Publishers
Publication Date: April 1, 2018
Date Read: March , 2018
Length:  192 pages
Source: NetGalley
★★★★☆
Newspaper reporter Alec Londale discovers that a series of seemingly random murders may be connected in this absorbing historical mystery.

London, 1882. Alec Londale, a young reporter on the Pall Mall Gazette, is working on a story about a fatal house fire. But the post-mortem on the victim produces shocking results: Patrick Donovan's death was no accident. But why would someone murder a humble shop assistant and steal part of his brain?

When a second body is discovered, its throat cut, and then a third, Lonsdale and his spirited female colleague, Hulda Friederichs, begin to uncover evidence of a conspiracy that reaches to the highest echelons of Victorian society.

My Review

I liked this one a lot.  I added this book to my reading list on a complete impulse.  I liked the cover and when I took a closer look at the book's description, I thought it sounded like something I would like.  That impulse worked out well in this case.  I did take me a bit to really get into the story but once I was hooked, I didn't want to stop reading.  I am so glad that I made the decision to read this book.

I really liked that the book was set during the Victorian period.  I thought that the era was well represented in the story and I really liked seeing how a crime might have been solved with the resources that they had on hand.  I found the scenes from the mortuary really interesting and found myself wondering how many crimes were missed.  There were a lot of descriptions that really made the period come to life so it was really easy to visualize what was happening.

The mystery in this book is very solid.  I usually read a book's description once when deciding if I want to read it and then promptly forget any details.  I was shocked when the discovery was made about what was taken from the murder victim.  I couldn't figure out what the killer's motive might have been and I had no idea who might have been behind the crimes.  This is a book that kept me guessing until the very end.

The characters in the book were very well done.  Londale was determined to find out what had happened and I liked the way that he went about finding out.  He was smart and resourceful.  I found myself liking him more and more as the book progressed.  Hulda was such a fun character.  She is the only female reporter working at the newspaper and she doesn't seem to worry if she is acting like a proper lady most of the time.  When she needs to play a part to get someone to open up, she can quickly fit into just about any role and you never seemed to know what she might say or do.  Londale and Hulda made a really good team and I liked the way they interacted with each other.

I would recommend this book to mystery fans.  This had so many wonderful elements that came together to tell a rather thought provoking and entertaining story.  I do hope to see more books featuring this amazing group of characters very soon..

I received a digital advanced reader edition of this book from Severn House Publishers via NetGalley.
About the Author

Simon Beaufort is the pseudonym of a husband and wife writing team. They lived in Cambridge for many years, where they were members of the University, before moving to west Wales. Beau Riffenburgh is a historian, specializing in the history of exploration, and has published a number of books on popular history. He was also a writer for the American National Football League before turning to an academic career. Liz Cruwys is a former police officer-turned marine biologist, specializing in environmental contamination in the polar regions. She also writes under the pseudonym Susanna Gregory.

Author Links: Website

26 comments:

  1. Oooo interesting. I don't read enough from that era. Glad it finally caught your attention.

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    1. The time period was very well done in this one.

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  2. brains? are they trying to keep zombies as pets? #poorcomment haha creepy though

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    1. I couldn't figure out what was going on in this one!

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  3. Wow, this sounds like one I'd like as well. Gonna add it to my wishlist!

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    1. I hope you enjoy this one if you get the chance to read it, Barb!

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  4. I'm glad you enjoyed this. Whenever I impulsively add a review book to my queue it never works out for me.

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    1. It doesn't always work out so well but this one was good.

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  5. Oh, this sounds fascinating. I like the time period, especially because it does make solving crimes more difficult. I'm a big mystery fan so I think I'd love this one!!

    -Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. I really enjoyed it Lauren. I hope you get the chance to read it.

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  6. oh it looks great! I love your enthousiasm!

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  7. Oh cool! I love historical mysteries with the old style way of solving crime. Thanks for sharing about this one. Even better that the detecting pair were so personable.

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    1. I liked getting to see how they went about solving crimes in this book. It was really very well done.

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  8. I love when you pick up a book on impulse and it works. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  9. A reporter in 1882 London! I am glad to hear you enjoyed this one. I think I will too. Definitely adding it to my wish list. Thank you, Carole.

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    1. I hope you enjoy this one if you get the chance to read it, Wendy!

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  10. This sounds really interesting. I do have a love of reading about killers. I also think that reading about the forensics of the time would be interesting. Thanks for sharing.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. There were sections of this book dealing with autopsy which I found very interesting.

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  11. This sounds a bit like The Alienist but way shorter which isn't a bad thing! I like the focus on forensics and this sounds like one I'd really enjoy too!

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