Sunday, 28 December 2014

'The Pierced Heart' by Lynn Sheperd. Guest review from Lisa Redmond.



We received a copy of this title from netgalley.com...

The Pierced Heart like Shepherd’s previous novels pays homage to a literary classic and although set a good deal earlier in the century than Bram Stoker’s Dracula it beautifully mirrors the plot and language while also maintaining the drama necessary in a murder mystery. Our hero Charles Maddox is sent to investigate a mysterious Austrian baron who has promised a large donation to Oxford University but despite the chance to escape to the beautiful Austrian countryside Maddox does not rest easy as Von Reisenberg proves a mysterious and disturbing subject and Maddox is plagued by nightmares and curiosity about the Baron. Returning to England Maddox learns of a string of strange and vicious murders in London and he knows just who the killer is if only he could prove it. A wonderful twist in the tale at the end left me greedy for more. I loved Shepherd’s writing and look forward to the next instalment. I read this book without realising that it was book four of a series, the three previous books featuring Investigator Charles Maddox are also inspired by literary classics and I look forward to catching up on the story so far.

The Pierced Heart is published by Delacorte Press and is available in hardcover and ebook format


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