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a tale of two murders

Title: A Tale of Two Murders

Author: Heather Redmond

Series: A Dickens Of A Crime Mystery

Publisher: Kensington

Format: Hardcover (reviewed ARC)

Date on the Shelves: Aug 2018

Novel Setting: 1835 Victorian London

333 pages

Price: $26.00 US

Author’s website: HeatherRedmond.com

Heather Redmond introduces us to the young Charles Dickens in 1835 Victorian London. This fictional account creates a perspective we’ve seldom been allowed to follow.

The first in a new series, “A Tale of Two Murders” drops us into a death scene from the very beginning. A special invitation to dinner at the home of the newspaper’s co-editor, Mr. Hogarth, during Epiphany, is seen as an honor for Dickens. To be among a loving family who isn’t worrying about where their next meal is coming from is a journey into unknown territory.

When screams are heard, Dickens and the Hogarth family realize its coming from a neighbor’s home. Dickens, Mr. Hogarth and the eldest daughter, Kate, rush over to investigate what is causing their neighbor’s distress. They soon learn that Lady Lugoson’s daughter, Miss Christina, has taken ill during dinner. None of the other guests appear to be affected. Shortly after, the stricken young woman dies.

None of the guests have a clue to what happened. Not the Carleys (Mr. Carley is a member of Parliament) or Mrs. Decker (a neighbor).

What began as Charles’ concern for Miss Hogarth’s well-being evolves into a cooperative understanding between Charles and Mr. and Miss Hogarth to learn the truth of this sad occurrence. One clue at a time, they and Charles’ co-worker, William Aga, begin learning what actually happened. This isn’t a mystery you’re going to solve until the very end.

I’ve read historical novels for years, but I was not familiar with Dicken’s time period so it was a bit of a time-traveling adventure for me at first. Working for a newspaper, I was very curious to what reporting was like during that era so it was interesting following Dickens around. All I can say is this book is very involved. Involved in inheritance, politics, jealousy, anguish, justification, poverty, love, hunger. Enjoyed reading it and learning about the time period.

Four and a half newspapers out of five

Denise Fleischer


June 3, 2018


Title: Once Upon A Spine

Author: By Kate Carlisle

Series: Bibliophile Mystery

Publisher: Berkley

Format: Mass Paperback

Date on the Shelves: June 5, 2018

304 pages



In the latest paperback in the New York Times bestselling series, murder sends San Francisco book-restoration expert Brooklyn Wainwright down the rabbit hole…

Brooklyn’s future in-laws are traveling from England to meet her, and if that’s not enough to set her on edge, rumors abound that the charming Courtyard Shops across the street may be replaced by high-rise apartments. Their trendy neighborhood will be ruined unless Brooklyn and her fiancé, Derek Stone, can persuade the shopkeepers not to sell.

But with a rare edition of Alice in Wonderland causing bad blood at the Brothers Bookshop and a string of petty vandalism making everyone nervous, Brooklyn and Derek feel overwhelmed. Then the owner of the Rabbit Hole juice bar is felled by his own heavy shelves, and the local cobbler lies dead beside him. Things get curiouser and curiouser when a second priceless copy of Alice is discovered.