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A Tale of Two Murders Reviewed by Elizabeth M.

As soon as I heard the description “a historical mystery with a young Charles Dickens as the sleuth,” I knew this was a book I had to read, and A Tale of Two Murders by Heather Redmond did not disappoint. It’s a clever reimagining of Dickens’s early life and career, with more than a dash of mystery and the macabre thrown in, along with a touch of romance.

The story begins with a young, struggling journalist, Charles Dickens, attending dinner at his employer’s home. Dickens finds himself drawn to his boss’s eldest daughter Kate, but suddenly the dinner is interrupted by a piercing scream. Dickens and Kate run next door to discover a young woman has fallen seriously ill during  an upper crust dinner party. Despite the best efforts of the doctor and family the young woman is dead by the next morning.

It all seems to be a senseless tragedy, until Dickens’s job at the newspaper leads him to discover that another young woman had died in the same neighborhood, under the same odd circumstances almost exactly a year earlier.

Could London have a serial poisoner on its hands? That is the question Charles and Kate must try to discover. With an impressive cast of  characters, and lush historical details and setting, this first book in the A Dickens of A Crime mystery series combines the historical reality of Dickens life with the fiction and fantasy of his later writings. The premise reminded me a touch of the film Shakespeare in Love, which imagined a scenario that Shakespeare could have lived to have inspired his most famous play, Romeo and Juliet. This hybrid of truth and fiction makes for a compelling read. I love a good mystery and good history, and Heather Redmond gives us more than enough of both. What better figure to follow around 19th century London than the Godfather of Victorian literature himself?

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Chariot On The Mountain Reviewed by Alex N.

When I first heard about CHARIOT ON THE MOUNTAIN in our editorial meeting, I knew that it was a different kind of book that I didn’t have the opportunity to work on every day. A year later when I saw the beautiful cover that had been designed for it, I was even more excited, because I knew this was a story that needed to be told—and this is the perfect time for it. Then very early reviews started coming in, and some very prominent people in publishing were lauding the book. I knew I had to read it as soon as I could. And I’m so glad I did…

The story takes you on a twisting path through thrills that seriously have you on the edge of your seat, heartbreak and fear that will shake you to your very core, and history that has shaped nearly ever facet of this country, culminating in a trial that will have you turning pages as quickly as you can so that you can find out how it will all end—and whether you’ll get the ending you are hoping so much for.

I have recommended CHARIOT ON THE MOUNTAIN to co-workers, colleagues, and friends, and now I recommend it to all the avid readers out there. Get your copy and get reading. You will not regret it. It might just be your favorite book of the year.

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