(Gaslamp Gothic #5)
Published by: Acorn Publishing
Publication date: December 13th 2019
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Retelling
A poisonous secret.
A terrifying curse.
And a client she’d just as soon see dead in a ditch….
Summer 1889. Harrison Fearing Pell hoped for adventure when she signed on with the Society for Psychical Research as an occult investigator. Slogging through New York’s sewers in pursuit of a “mud man” wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. But the reeking monster terrorizing the dance halls of the Tenderloin leads her to an even more peculiar mystery — and the last man on earth Harry wishes to become entangled with.
James Moran is a prodigy in music, mathematics . . . and crime. Harry’s older sister, the famed detective Myrtle Fearing Pell, has vowed to put him behind bars. But Harry owes Moran a personal debt, so when he demands her aid she can hardly refuse. It turns out that the brilliant black sheep of New York Society is part of a secret club at Columbia College whose members have started dying in bizarre ways that may not be accidents.
Thus begins one of the strangest cases of Harry’s career, a tale of murder, cold-blooded revenge and fairytale bogeymen to make the Brothers Grimm shudder. As the bodies pile up, each preceded by sightings of the victim’s doppelgänger, Harry and her stalwart friend John Weston must race against time to save a man who arguably deserves his macabre fate.
I fetched Washing Away of Wrongs and related the story about the bloody sickle and the blowflies. It seemed to perk her up a bit, so I read the chapter on suicides by edged weapons and how to tell when a death by manual choking – i.e., murder — is disguised as a death by hanging. “That’s a delightfully grim little volume,” Myrtle observed. “Weston gave it to you for your birthday?” I nodded. “He’s a keeper, Harrison. Pray continue.”This is the story I have been waiting for ever since I first met Harry back in the day during the first Gaslamp Gothic book! I am trying to avoid spoilers here, but I hoped with all my heart that there would be a love connection between her and a certain wonderful male character and the ending of this book hinted at such and now it has become my favorite of the series! Sure there was a lot of really great things happening in the book plot and character wise, but that romantic hope stole the show. I really hope that we get to one day have a story told from Harry's sister, Mrytle's point of view and maybe she can have a certain complicated, tormented bad boy as a love interest... just saying. But until that hypothetical story comes about, I will keep on reading the creepy paranormal mysteries set in this world!
Kat Ross worked as a journalist at the United Nations for ten years before happily falling back into what she likes best: making stuff up. She’s the author of the Fourth Element and Fourth Talisman fantasy series, the Gaslamp Gothic paranormal mysteries, and the dystopian thriller Some Fine Day. She loves myths, monsters and doomsday scenarios. Check out Kat’s Pinterest page for the people, places and things that inspire her books.
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