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Bloodie Bones: A Dan Foster Mystery (A Dan Foster Mystery (No 1)) Paperback – May 7, 2015
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"A gripping historical thriller - I'm longing for a sequel already!" - Debbie Young, author and book blogger // 'Bloodie Bones' has been selected as an Editor's Choice by the Historical Novel Society Indie Reviews and long listed for the HNS Indie Award 2016. "'Bloodie Bones' is a terrific novel and was very difficult to put down. It is amazingly well written, with a smooth expert hand and faultless flow...The main characters are engaging and believable...It had a thriller feel that kept me turning the pages...I loved this book, highly recommend it and eagerly await the second Dan Foster novel." Historical Novel Society // 'Bloodie Bones' has been awarded a place on the Awesome Indies list of quality independent fiction. "Lucienne is a masterful storyteller, skillfully weaving history, culture and the social customs of the period into the story in a natural manner...The characters were magnificently portrayed. Dan Foster, the protagonist, is totally captivating..." Awesome Indies // "There's something rather special about the combination of good historical fiction and complex crime, and in this, the first book in the Dan Foster mysteries, we are introduced to a talented protagonist, who has his foot firmly placed in the reality of eighteenth century life, and yet he attacks crime enquiry with all the gung-ho of a seasoned crime scene investigator...the many twists and turns in the plot adds realistic depth to the story and keep you turning the pages in order to find out what happens next...Weaving together history and mystery with great flair and fine attention to detail make this a most enjoyable historical crime story." Jaffa Reads Too //
About the Author
Lucienne Boyce has always been fascinated by the Georgian era. In 2006 she gained an MA in English Literature with the Open University specialising in eighteenth-century fiction. In 2012 she published her first historical novel, "To The Fair Land" (SilverWood Books), an eighteenth-century thriller set in Bristol and the South Seas (which was awarded the Awesome Indies Seal of Approval). Lucienne has been a member of the Historical Novel Society since shortly after its foundation, has contributed numerous articles, reviews and interviews to the Society, and edited the HNS newsletter. Lucienne also writes non-fiction and in 2013 published "The Bristol Suffragettes" (SilverWood Books), a history of the local suffragette movement. She is currently working on the second Dan Foster Mystery. Lucienne was born in Wolverhampton and now lives in Bristol, which is the setting and inspiration for much of her work.
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Bloodie Bones by Lucienne Boyce is a fantastic blend of history and mystery, with the author merging the history, culture and social customs of the era very effectively into a riveting story. The characters are three dimensional and very real, and you’ll find yourself choosing sides early on in the story—rooting for your side and wishing ill-will upon the other side.
Boyce did a great job of showing the uniqueness of the characters and the language of the time without overwhelming the reader with excessive dialect. A great summer read for mystery buffs.
The characters have to be intriguing, lovable, hate-able, beguiling and/or interesting enough to want to know them in real life. Boyce’s Dan Foster is such a character.
His rough childhood and rescue give him a depth. What he chooses to do in his profession-and not many options are available to amateur pugilists in 1796 England-adds to his like-ability. His relationships with his harpy wife and her sister add intrigue. I just want to know him more.
Another criteria is that the story-line has to grab my focus and attention from the start and then hold it for the entire read. The historical aspect of this novel is not what many would call fascinating, however Boyce skillfully puts the reader into setting with her descriptions, especially about the way of life and the plight of the poor. Boyce doesn’t just describe, she brings to life.
The plot has to be entertaining enough to draw my focus from other things and the people become “my people.” I was so involved in this story, that I had to read in order to find out what happens to my people. It wouldn’t seem like a land dispute would engage that kind of focus, but my attention was zeroed in on knowing the outcome. A murder and undercover cop lend the perfect mystery. The plot twists added more fuel to the fire, so much that I had to finish it in one sitting.
I love Dan Foster and I am thrilled that this is the first in a series. I will have to read Bloodie Bones over and over while waiting for the next instalment!
Reviewed by Lindsey at Whispering Stories Book Blog
**I received a free copy of this book which I voluntarily reviewed**
I really enjoyed what is billed as the first in a series of Dan Foster mysteries. Dan is a flawed but basically honourable and likeable Bow Street Runner who is posted out of town to help solve a local murder mystery. In Holmesian tradition, he infiltrates the local community to get to the heart of the matter, and finds himself torn between the ruling class and the workers.
A meticulously researched novel that really opened my eyes to that era, which I'll now be much more interested in. I'll certainly be keen to read more of Dan's adventures, whether set in London, where he's based with his interesting and challenging family (his plight as the thwarted husband of an angry, alcoholic woman is very poignant), or despatched elsewhere to wherever mysteries need to be solved.
Disclosure: I was a beta reader for this book, as you might guess from seeing a quote by me on the back of the paperback!