Memento Mori

Memento Mori

by Katy O'Dowd


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Memento Mori 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Cup of tea please, hold the poison! "Memento Mori" by Katy O'Dowd is a unique tale about the Lamb family and the assassin who has been hired to take them down. The Lamb family is known for their public business of tea imports and it's behind the scenes business of thieves, drugs, and prostitution. When the patriarch Thaddeus Lamb is found murdered, his sons begin searching for the culprit and taking revenge when deemed necessary. O'Murtagh is an assassin hired by Carmine Fox, the daughter of the late William Fox, whose family at one time were friends with the Lamb family. O'Murtagh is tasked with destroying the Lamb's business, one person at a time. The characters of this novel are so well written with very distinct personalities and charm. O'Murtagh is the main character and we get to see her in flashbacks as an orphan roaming the harsh streets of Victorian London and as an adult killing goddess. She feels no remorse over her killing and seems to take pleasure in a job well done. As the tale moves forward and we learn more about her past, I can see why she may delight in it. She's also very good, very quick, and never caught. I guess that's what makes her such a good and highly recommended assassin.  The Lamb family is just as you would expect. Riley the eldest son is diabolical! He is the head after his father's death, and he exacts quick and effective revenge against those he believes had a hand in his father's demise. Kavanagh is the adopted son who was found wondering the streets as a child. He is brilliant, an inventor, and just as dark as his brother. Where Riley doesn't get his hands dirty, Kavanagh is fascinated with the "how" process of the revenge as demonstrated with a little incident involving mummies.  The plot was amazing! Many twists and turns kept me guessing right to the end who was responsible for Thaddeus's death and who was targeting the Lamb/Fox families. And I can tell you now, don't bother guessing because you'll never be right! The action and suspense kept me turning the pages late into the night and I must say I didn't want to sit it down. Also the ending!!! Amazing! Maybe we'll see more of Miss O'Murtagh and Lamb family in the future? If you enjoy crime, suspense, and good bit of action all set during the Victorian Era, I highly recommend you pick up this book.  ***I received a copy of this ebook from the author in exchange for an honest review.***
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
If you are looking for a clever take on the normally stuffy and staid Victorian era, take a close look at Katy O’Dowd’s Memento Morian the organized crime on the dark side of the streets. A civilized Victorian Mafia? Follow the Lamb family as their patriarch goes missing and is found dead. Wealthy, powerful and not quite legal, this family often takes in street waifs, while providing them food, shelter and a sense of “family,” the Lambs are also grooming them to be the perfect petty thieves. Meanwhile they also fill their coffers with prostitution, smuggling and murder in the dog eat dog world of the Victorian underground, where plays for power among families can be dangerous, lethal and costly. Have the Lambs been ripened for a takeover? How have their paths crossed with the infamous female assassin, O’Murtagh? Who has paid her to do what she does best? How did her life get to where it is today? One book, two stories, running parallel, as the tale of the Lambs unfolds and the history of O’Murtagh, who, as a young girl was left with only a momento mori after her mother’s death is revealed. She grows up on the streets, used by others for their nefarious schemes and learning everything her mind could absorb. She is good at what she does, too good, it is sucking her soul out. Katy O’Dowd pulled out all of the stops in creating a truly historical feel to this Victorian read. From the banter and dialogue to the sights and sounds of London, this was a perfect mental movie to envision. She has cleverly added pieces of sentiment and humor as she brings her characters to life with her words. O’Murtagh is dark, mysterious and edgy, as any assassin should be. I wondered, could the streets of London really have such charming scoundrels among them? The Lamb brothers? Often part of the humorous time, they actually seemed to have hearts of gold, in spite of their professions. Pay close attention to the supporting characters, they are the glue that truly holds this tale together! Completely entertaining, imaginative and well-executed, Memento Mori will capture the heart of every Victorian buff with its twists, turns and amazing subplots, all while keeping the flavor of the era rich and slightly spicy.