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Historical Fiction Mystery Thriller

Death and the Harlot – Georgina Clarke

July 8, 2019
Death and the Harlot Book Cover Death and the Harlot
Lizzie Hardwicke
Georgina Clarke
Historical Fiction
May 13, 2019

The year is 1759 and London is shrouded in a cloak of fear. With the constables at the mercy of highwaymen, it’s a perilous time to work the already dangerous streets of Soho. Lizzie Hardwicke makes her living as a prostitute, somewhat protected from the fray as one of Mrs Farley’s girls. But then one of her wealthy customers is found brutally murdered… and Lizzie was the last person to see him alive.

Constable William Davenport has no hard evidence against Lizzie but his presence and questions make life increasingly difficult. Desperate to be rid of him and prove her innocence Lizzie turns amateur detective, determined to find the true killer, whatever the cost.

Yet as the body count rises Lizzie realises that, just like her, everyone has a secret they will do almost anything to keep buried…

Thanks to a recommendation by a good friend on Goodreads, I picked up “Death and the Harlot” by Georgina Clarke, and I am so grateful for the suggestion. It’s…


Deadly Passion – Joe Congel

July 1, 2019
Deadly Passion Book Cover Deadly Passion
Joe Congel
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
May 23, 2018

Two women dead: One a twenty-year-old cold case, the other brutally fresh. PI Tony Razzolito pieces together long forgotten clues as he tries to solve the twenty-year-old murder of a young high school grad, that is somehow linked to a recent brutal killing. But as he works through the list of suspects, he finds himself battling the seasoned homicide detective who couldn't solve the murder the first time around. Can the two forge a partnership long enough to solve both murders, or will their egos prevent a killer from being caught?

Welcome back everyone, Today, for our review back, is a book that I found a pleasure to read. Joe Congel asked me to read this, and I appreciate his…


Dracul – Dacre Stoker & J.D. Barker (Mrs Y)

October 19, 2018
Dracul Book Cover Dracul
Dacre Stoker, JD Barker,
October 2, 2018

The prequel to Dracula, inspired by notes and texts left behind by the author of the classic novel, Dracul is a supernatural thriller that reveals not only Dracula’s true origins but Bram Stoker’s—and the tale of the enigmatic woman who connects them. It is 1868, and a twenty-one-year-old Bram Stoker waits in a desolate tower to face an indescribable evil. Armed only with crucifixes, holy water, and a rifle, he prays to survive a single night, the longest of his life. Desperate to record what he has witnessed, Bram scribbles down the events that led him here... A sickly child, Bram spent his early days bedridden in his parents' Dublin home, tended to by his caretaker, a young woman named Ellen Crone. When a string of strange deaths occur in a nearby town, Bram and his sister Matilda detect a pattern of bizarre behavior by Ellen—a mystery that deepens chillingly until Ellen vanishes suddenly from their lives. Years later, Matilda returns from studying in Paris to tell Bram the news that she has seen Ellen—and that the nightmare they've thought long ended is only beginning.

As part of our Halloween Special, The Reading Desk is delighted to welcome Mrs Y as our Guest, to provide us with her wonderful review of Dracul.
In October of 2018, something came…