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- Publisher: Kensington Books; Reprint edition (July 31, 2018)
- Publication Date: July 31, 2018
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0776H33SP
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"Redmond deftly transforms a young Charles Dickens and his future wife, Kate Hogarth, into Victorian sleuths in this first installment of a new series. With meticulous attention to historical details and the known elements of Dickens's life, A Tale of Two Murders unfolds a complex mystery that cunningly explores how Dickens might have been inspired to write the plot of his most well-known book, A Tale of Two Cities. Sharp, incisive, and delightfully twisty. I'm sure I won't be the only reader exclaiming, `What the Dickens?!'"
-Anna Lee Huber, bestselling author of the Lady Darby Mysteries
"One suspects that Mr. Dickens himself would thoroughly enjoy this literary play on his early life and sleuthing abilities. Great fun to read!"
-Catherine Lloyd, author of the Kurland St. Mary Mysteries
"For Dickens fans, this charming little puzzler will prove a delight."
"The details of the author's life and the Victorian world stand out.Dickens fans will appreciate the foreshadowing of future writings and the warm family environment at the Hogarth household. Readers who enjoy the historical details in Anne Perry's Victorian mysteries may want to try this series debut."
"A Tale of Two Murders is an all-over twisty read and a Dickens of a good mystery!"
-Julie Mulhern, USA TODAY bestselling author of The Country Club Murders
"With the mystery-weaving skill of Anne Perry and the tone of Dickens, Heather Redmond's A Tale of Two Murders mixes raw suspense with flirtatious banter in a fast-paced historical mystery that keeps us guessing through a tour of 1830s London."
-Ransom Stephens, author of The Sensory Deception
"For Dickens fans, this charming little puzzler will prove a delight."
"I love it when an historical mystery really draws me back to another time. In A Tale of Two Murders, Heather Redmond achieves total immersion into Victorian London. In this first book of her new series, a young Charles Dickens and his future wife, Kate Hogarth set out to unravel a complex mystery involving the deaths of two young women, one year apart. The characters are believable and engaging, their actions true to the era, and the mystery compelling. I enjoyed this story and look forward to more of this series." -Dianne Freeman, author of A Lady's Guide to Etiquette and Murder
"I really enjoyed Redmond's version of Charles Dickens. I thought the little touches in this book were genius when it came to transporting me back in time. . . . There is a sweet romance that develops at a believable pace between Charles and Kate, his future wife. The mystery is compelling and I had no idea "whodunnit," so this should please more seasoned detective novel fans. . . . I am looking forward to more in this series. -Minerva Spencer, author of Dangerous"
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In some ways, Dickens was just as colorful as the characters in his novels. When he was 12, his father was sent to debtors' prison. The boy was forced to leave school. He went to work in a factory pasting labels on pots of boot blacking. Even when his father was released from prison, his mother forced him to keep working there. He later spent only two more years in school. Dickens complained about "the haphazard, desultory teaching, poor discipline punctuated by the headmaster's sadistic brutality, the seedy ushers and general run-down atmosphere." Anyone who's read the man's novels will recognize the scene.
By the time he was 21, he had begun to write stories for the popular press based in part on his own life experiences. Given his commitment to social reform, his ability to mix with people of all social classes, and his acute powers of observation, it's not too much of a stretch to think that young Dickens might have become involved in a murder investigation. After all, violence was ever-present in Victorian London. In any case, that's the conceit of Heather Raymond's charming novel A Tale of Two Murders.
Charles Dickens is 22. He's employed as a reporter for the Evening Chronicle and writes "sketches" for other papers to earn money on the side. He lives in a modest apartment with his 14-year-old brother, Fred. One evening, as Dickens is enjoying a home-cooked dinner with his boss, George Hogarth, the editor's 19-year-old daughter, Kate, catches his eye. Dickens is smitten. And when they hear a scream coming from a neighboring house, Charles is thrilled to accompany Kate to investigate. In the neighbors' home, they discover a woman of about Kate's age lying, deathly ill. They spend the night helping her mother nurse the young woman. As morning approaches, however, she dies.
A mystery starring Charles Dickens
Clearly, the woman was a victim of poisoning. But who would kill her, and why? The mystery draws Charles and Kate into a complex and perilous investigation that exposes the young journalist to the extremes of London society. He finds himself moving back and from the drawing rooms of the aristocracy to the fetid streets of the city. Naturally, since this is fiction, we know that Charles and Kate will solve the murder and all will come out well in the end. But it's a lot of fun to watch the budding author in action along the way. And the colorful picture of London society in the mid-19th century is rewarding as well.
About the author
Heather Redmond is a long-time author under another name. First published in mystery, she took a long detour through romance before returning. Though her last known British ancestor departed London in the 1920s, she is a committed anglophile, Dickens devotee, and lover of all things nineteenth century.
I give A Tale of Two Murders 4 stars for its interesting read.
I would recommend this book to Historical/Mystery Fans.