From Goodreads: “Charles Dickens turns detective yet again as he and Superintendent Jones of Bow Street pursue a brutal murderer. London, November 1849. When a boy is found drowned in the River Thames at Hungerford Stairs, novelist Charles Dickens and Superintendent Jones of Bow Street are mystified to discover the child is not the missing youngster for whom they have been searching. But when two more boys are brutally murdered, the trail leads them on a hunt for a serial killer in a complicated case that tests their wits—but can they solve the clues and rescue another child before the murderer strikes again?”


This was another fantastic audiobook, in my new favourite series! I loved listening to another story with Charles Dickens aiding his friend Superintendent Jones as they investigated murder on the streets of London.

What starts out as a simple missing dog case turns into something much more grisly as the bodies of young boys are discovered across London. Charles is also looking for a young boy, Scrap from the first book, who helped Charles with his enquiries. Scrap is looking for Poll, a dog belonging to the family he does errands for and now he seems to have disappeared as well.

Just like in the first book the descriptions of Victorian London were so vivid, that at times I felt like I was listening to a Dickens novel!  Occy Grave, a crossing sweeper, was one of my favourite characters in this book, a man who had a wonderful backstory that really could have been written by Dickens himself.

I had my suspicions about who the murderer might be, but wasn’t too sure as the plot took it’s twists and turns as new information was gathered by Dickens and Jones.

Once again Antony Ferguson was brilliant at portraying Dickens, Superintendent Jones and a whole host of characters throughout the story. He really did bring Victorian London to life with the different accents of the young and old, rich and poor, the good and bad characters that filled this story

Another fantastic story in this brilliant series, that I thoroughly recommend to lovers of historical crime fiction.

Thanks so much to Hope Roy at Tantor Media for my digital copy.