It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next. The Palace, Parliament, and the press are demanding the police do more to find him.
In another part of London, rough-around-the-edges war hero, Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone has his own serial killer to find. Inter departmental rivalries, politics, and little evidence to go on hamper the investigation at every turn. In a battle of wills, Bloodstone presses forward following his instincts in spite of the obstacles.
Adding to those problems, away from the strains of the investigation, he is engaged in the ups and downs of a new relationship with a lovely hat maker.
About the Author
Chris Karlsen is a retired police detective. She spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. The daughter of a history professor and a voracious reader, she grew up with a love of hisotry and books.
An internationally published author, Chris has traveled extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa satisfying her need to visit the places she read about. Having spent a great deal of time in England and Turkey, she has used her love of both places as settings for her books. "Heroes Live Forever," which is her debut book, is set in England as is the sequel, "Journey in Time," the third is "Knight Blindness." They are part of her Knights in Time series. All three are available as a boxed set on Kindle. She is currently working on the fourth in the "Knights in Time," series. "Golden Chariot," is set in Turkey and the sequel, "Byzantine Gold" is set Turkey, Paris and Cyprus. They are part of her Dangerous Waters series.
Her most recent release is called, "Silk" and is book one of a new series, The Bloodstone Series. It is a suspense set in Victorian London.
Published by Books to Go Now, her novels are available in digital, ebook, and Android App. and in paperback. "Heroes Live Forever" is also in audio format.
A Chicago native, Chris has lived in Paris and Los Angeles and now resides in the Pacific Northwest with her husband and four rescue dogs. A city girl all her life, living in a small village on a bay was a interesting adjustment. She'd never lived anywhere so quiet at night and traffic wasn't bumper to bumper 24/7.
Some of Chris's favorite authors are: Michael Connolly, John Sandford, Joseph Wambaugh, Stephen Coonts, Bernard Cornwell, Julia Quinn, Julie Anne Long, Deanna Raybourne and Steve Berry.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Set during the time of Jack the Ripper, Silk features Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone. While London is on edged waiting for Jack’s next move, Bloodstone is face with his own serial killer. Fighting politics in the police department as well as starting a new romance, Bloodstone has his hands full. His investigation begins to look as if he may have more than one killer and it points to an unlikely source. Silk should be the first in a series as it is labeled The Bloodstone #1. It shows promise, a lot of promise, with an excellent mystery and, while we knew what was going on, the plot unfolded masterfully. Bloodstone is a determined detective and wants the right man to pay for his crimes. His tenacity is to be admired in the face of so many obstacles. He is a compelling hero and you can’t help but route for him as he completes his investigation with honor. This is one book that will capture your attention and keep you intrigued. I look forward to many more. I hope.
I love Victorian London—the gritty dirty underbelly where Jack the Ripper still stalks the alleys looking for his next victim. The London where the fog wraps around you and from the corner of your eye you swear you saw a man in a deerstalker hat round the corner ahead of you. This is the London, Chris Karlsen takes readers in Silk. Silk wastes no time jumping in to the action. Within the first 20 pages of the novel, which I read while eating lunch, there is a murder which is quite graphic and the readers are exposed to a killer who is as twisted as Jack the Ripper. The lust the killer feels after taking his first victim drives the story forward and the dance between the detectives and criminals begins. The main detective, Rudyard Bloodstone, is a likable character combining the best elements of Doyle’s Holmes and Watson. He’s observant of human character and actions, but is a down to earth veteran who doesn’t talk over your head. I found myself rooting for Ruddy and his partner, Archie, in the final pages of the novel as they hone in on capturing the killer. For me, mystery novels are always difficult to read. There is a delicate balance between the crime (or crimes), the pursuer, the pursued and the reveal that not all authors are able to achieve. Because the pursued is known in the first few pages of Silk the who-dun-it is handled early and Karlsen works on crafting the elements that bring the protagonist and antagonist together. The story is a brilliant cat and mouse game and I was not disappointed when all the elements came together. Silk receives a thumbs up. This book may be unsuitable for people under 17 years of age due to its use of sexual content, drug and alcohol use, and/or violence. I received this book for free in exchange for a honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. This review was originally posted on Second Run Reviews.
SILK will keep readers guessing - and gasping - right up to a satisfying ending. With little effort, he rolled his late lover off the edge of the cliff and watched, grimacing, when her dainty body bounced off a rocky outcropping. True, he planned on packing her back to France, or to another of his associates. And true, he didn't see her death as a great loss, but he wouldn't have wished her bashed on the rocks, even in death. However, this was the most expedient way to rid himself of an inconveniently dead mistress. SILK by Chris Karlsen is a who-done-it murder mystery. If you're looking for Victorian era crime fiction, you'll inhale this super-sleuth thriller. My mother absolutely loved this type of book. Just reading the cover blurb of What would you do to stay young: Lie, Manipulate..kill? would have had her fully committed to read it and she would have stayed up all night until she'd read the last word. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. .. 3 Wine Glasses!