Friday, December 11, 2015

Skin Like Silver: A Tom Harper Victorian police procedural by Chris Nickson

His day starts with the announcement a dead baby has been found at the post office.  Someone mailed it to a bad address and it sat in the back, unclaimed, until it began to smell.  That night, there's a major fire and they lose a fireman who is helping fight it.  But that's not the only body found...

Severn House and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will published March 1st, so make a note to pick it up then.

This is a Victorian mystery and it reflects the period well.  There's the very poor, the super rich, and women had their place:  in the home, cooking and cleaning and raising a family.  Not all women were content with that, though.  And the dead body that was found was a suffragette that  had been knifed to death.

There's more than one story here.  They are investigating different crimes, not getting far with any of them, and everybody seems to have a secret.  I was surprised by the killer.  

This proved to be an interesting read with lots of nuances.  I enjoyed reading about the characters home lives.  Mr. Nickson makes them real people with problems of their own as well as their work difficulties.  I'd read more in this series.

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