Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Silk by Chris Karlsen - Review


Chris Karlsen

December 14, 2014

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Silk on the skin—luxurious, luscious..lethal.

London-Fall, 1888

The city is in a panic as Jack the Ripper continues his murderous spree. While the Whitechapel police struggle to find him, Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner are working feverishly to find their own serial killer. The British Museum's beautiful gardens have become a killing ground for young women strangled as they stroll through.

Their investigation has them brushing up against Viscount Everhard, a powerful member of the House of Lords, and a friend to Queen Victoria. When the circumstantial evidence  points to him as a suspect, Rudyard must deal with the political blowback, and knows if they are going to go after the viscount, they'd better be right and have proof.

As the body count grows and the public clamor for the detectives to do more, inter-department rivalries complicate the already difficult case.

My Review: I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I am always on board for an interesting villain, especially if I get to experience the villain's POV. The first chapter was intriguing, told from William's POV about the murder and disposal of his mistress. It was so well-written and was a great intro to this Victorian mystery thriller.

The Victorian era is one of my favorites, especially novels set in England. I loved the scenes written from the killer's perspective-- they were dark and the best part of the story. Whenever the killer appeared in the story he had my rapt attention. That's not to say I didn't like protagonist Rudyard. He was interesting in his own right, and I liked the time and effort he put into his investigations.

Dreary London is described so well, I could almost feel the fog and chill. There is some romance, but it really takes a backseat to the murders and investigation. The pacing was a bit slower than I normally like, but whenever the killer appeared, I was game to keep reading. If you like an intriguing crime mystery, especially if you're a fan of the Victorian era, then I think you'll enjoy Silk.

About the Author

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader.

I grew up with a love of history and books.

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