In a hunt that takes Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain through the harrowing streets of Victorian London to the dangers of the seamen's floating hospital, The Blood, they will endeavor to solve a dark and terrible new mystery.Summoned to the riverside by the desperate, scribbled note of an old friend, Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain find themselves onboard the seamen's floating hospital, an old hulk known only as The Blood, where prejudice, ambition, and murder seethe beneath a veneer of medical respectability.
On shore, a young woman, a known prostitute, is found drowned in a derelict boatyard. A man leaps to his death into the Thames, driven mad by poison and fear. The events are linked—but how? Courting danger in the opium dens and brothels of the waterfront, certain that The Blood lies at the heart of the puzzle, Jem and Will embark on a quest to uncover the truth. In a hunt that takes them from the dissecting tables of a private anatomy school to the squalor of the dock-side mortuary, they find themselves involved in a dark and terrible mystery.
About the Author
E. S. Thomson has a Ph.D. in the history of medicine and works as a university lecturer in Edinburgh. Her work has been shortlisted for the Saltire First Novel Award and the Scottish Arts Council First Book Award. Beloved Poison was shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Novel of the Year Award, and Dark Asylum was longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Historical Dagger Award. Elaine lives in Edinburgh with her two sons.
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The Blood: A Jem Flockhart Mystery based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
"The Blood" is a great history mystery novel that is set in London during the Victoria era. An intriguing mystery work that touches class/sex inequalities, the harsh living conditions of the commoners, the development of medicine and etc back in the 19th century. The author creates a balance mix of suspense and historical elements into "The Blood" which makes it an excellent read overall. This is not a cozy historical mystery novel but a dark, grim and serious one instead; entertaining throughout but at times a bit heavy. The plot is excellently crafted. The beginning is slow but the pace picks up quickly once the first victim is found. The unfolding of the mystery does not confine to merely guessing for the culprit but as well the yearning to learn of the unfortunate pasts of the victims. Well-developed characters, too. Both the recurring characters or the featured ones in this installment are vividly depicted; I seem to know the characters well even without reading the prior installments. Without being wordy, the author imbues the plot with the essentials elements and builds the characters in the most inconspicuous but effective way. In short, "The Blood" could be read as a standalone. I honestly think this series has a lot of potential and it deserves to get more attention from readers especially those who adore quality historical fiction. I for sure will go back to read the previous two installments and to look forward to any future releases.