Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough

Set in Victorian times, Mayhem takes into the dark, shadowy streets of London during Jack the Ripper times.  A new murderer is on the loose dubbed the The Torso Killer (this book isn't for the squeamish!) This killer is known for dismembering the bodies of his female victims and disposing of them, but the heads are kept as tokens. It is up to Dr. Bond and the suspicions of a Jesuit priest to solve this mystery.  With the death count rising, will Dr. Bond be able to find out who the killer is before he loses someone close? Will he be able to solve the mystery in his opium clouded state of mind?  Will the Torso Killer be a close friend of his? Read this suspenseful novel to find out!

I enjoyed reading this novel. I am intrigued with books dealing with Jack the Ripper and that time frame so when I had the opportunity to read this book, I jumped on it.  This book kept me reading until the end although some parts of it seemed to lag a bit with a lot of the action starting roughly midway through the read. It is written as historical fiction with some facts of that time period included in the telling of the story. This book also has a high character count so if you have a good memory or a knack for keeping characters straight then you shouldn't have a problem reading this story.  Overall I would give this book a 3.5 stars if I had to rate it.

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