From Goodreads: “1850: When Charles Dickens discovers the corpse of an actor on the empty stage of a Manchester theatre, the renowned author himself becomes the number one suspect. But with the help of colleague and trusted friend Superintendent Jones of Bow Street, the two set out to find the identity of the real murderer. The search takes them into the slums of Manchester and to the fog-bound streets of London, where some startling discoveries are made and Dickens’s life is threatened before this unusual case reaches its ultimate and thrilling climax.“
This was the third book in this fab series featuring Charles Dickens and his policeman friend Superintendent Jones. It was good to hear another story with them both as it feels like meeting up with old friends.
This story starts out with Dickens himself being accused of murder, and being caught with the murder weapon! Fortunately Superintendent Jones happens to be in Manchester and comes to his aid. As they look at the case and as it becomes more it complicated, they realise who’s behind it and rush to find the suspect before more bodies are discovered.
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! I didn’t have a clue who the murderer was, so just enjoyed the story instead.
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.
I thoroughly recommend this book to lovers of historical crime fiction, particularly if you enjoy books set in Victorian times.
This is definitely a favourite series of mine, and I can’t wait to hear the next audiobook!
Thanks so much to Hope Roy at Tantor Media for my digital copy.