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Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders

Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders [Kindle Edition]

Kate Griffin
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Terrific debut novel ... Victorian London has never been better illustrated ... if this standard keeps up, we have a major new talent on our hands. (Virginia Blackburn Sunday Express)

Occasionally a new writer bursts onto the scene with almost explosive force ... if [Griffin] maintains this superbly high standard we have a major new talent on our hands. Her hugely entertaining debut, set in the squalor, filth and depravity of Victorian Limehouse is all things to all readers - almost gothic in its intensity, but full of shades of dark and light, combining the macabre and wit of the music halls with a rattling action yarn which will appeal to historical readers, crime readers and people who just like a really well written adventure story ... the book is an absolutely first class read and I shall be surprised if there's a better debut this year. (Crime Review)

Kitty's narrative voice ... is sharply memorable and deserves to be heard in a further adventure. (Nick Rennison Sunday Times)

A top whodunnit. (Essentials magazine)

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A deliciously atmospheric and exciting Victorian mystery.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 539 KB
  • Print Length: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber Crime (25 Jun 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,427 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I've always loved getting lost in a good book. It's why I studied English Literature at university. What a luxury to read novels for three years!
After a few false starts, I was taken on as a trainee reporter by a local newspaper where I worked very happily for several years.
I love old buildings and the stories they tell. I'm very lucky that my current work as press officer for a heritage charity allows me to visit and explore some amazing, inspiring places, including the wonderful Wiltons Music Hall in the East End.
Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders (published by Faber and Faber) is partly based on that building. 'Kitty' is my first book - the first 6000 words won a writing competition run by Faber and Faber and Stylist magazine. Later this year Templar will publish my first first book for children The Jade Boy, written under my maiden name Cate Cain.
As I hope you can tell, I am passionate about history and about London in particular.
I was born in the City, at St Bartholomew's Hospital 'Barts', within the sound of Bow Bells - so I really am a true-born cockney.
One of my earliest memories is being taken to the top of The Monument by my father when I was about four years old. Clearly, the story of the Great Fire made an impact on me as that's what The Jade Boy is all about...

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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Possibly the best thing about Kitty Peck & The Music Hall Murders is the incredibly vivid evocation of the sights, sensations and smells of an imagined Victorian London. From Kitty's delicate-on-the-outside, brutal-on-the-inside theatrical costumes to the terrifying, vile-smelling darkness of the Limehouse docks, I could 'see' every scene in my mind as I read. Love that the central figure is a sharp-witted, physically brave, working-class teen girl (really original and fresh) but the feel is adult, with some frightening scenes. Stayed up until the small hours to read this in one gulp. Can't give away the twists of the plot, but if, like me, you love history and whodunnits, and are in the mood for a page-turner of a black-hearted romp, this will definitely fit the bill. (My first review. Hope it helps)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Kitty Peck is an eighteen year old music hall employee who is pushed into a world of intrigue and danger when music hall girls start to go missing and her employer, an opium addicted old woman who is a nasty piece of work, forces her to investigate.

Thankfully the above is not just some random plot device of 'ooh, let's put a young girl in a dangerous situation which she has no experience of and watch her flail'. There is a very real reason that Kitty is in the frame, which is gradually revealed.

The filth and stench of mid-Victorian East London is palpable and the characters feel real. It's a first person narration but thankfully the author resist the urge to have Kitty talk (or indeed have her inner monologue) in faux Cockney. Kate Griffin has a nicely vivid turn of phrase and this page turner moves along smartly - no saggy middles here. While some of the side plot does seem a little silly/melodramatic it all ties in quite nicely with the overall theatricality of the work.

I'm knocking off a star as the cliffhanger (the author is contracted to write two more books in the series, apparently) wasn't quite "cliffhangery" enough!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders 19 Sep 2013
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Very well-written, enjoyable book with an interesting description of music halls of that time. I will look out for more books by this author.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast Paced 12 Oct 2013
I must admit that I am slightly bewildered by what age group this book is for. I picked it up at a local bookshop amongst the adult books, but after reading it I wonder if this should have been in the young adult section. The story, set in the 19th Century is definitely fast paced and action packed, a couple of scenes reminded me of 'The Phantom of the Opera', and I also thought this was quite reminiscent of pulp thrillers put out by Sax Rohmer and others. There is mystery and action here as well as some derring-do, but this does lack the sophistication of more modern thrillers.

Because this moves along at a grand old pace there isn't an atmosphere of menace that such a story could build up, which stops this from being really good. The heroine of the story, Kitty Peck is quite believable in places, but you do have to wonder how naive she must be when she hasn't already worked out what her friend Lucca, and her brother, Joey, are.

For some entertaining reading, and nothing too strenuous, then this is an ideal read, however if you are looking for something with more atmosphere and generally much more sophisticated, then I am afraid that this could very well disappoint you. I believe that this is going to be the first in a series, and it will be interesting to see how it develops. I must admit that whilst reading this I did wonder if it was in the same vein as Philip Pullman's 'Sally Lockhart' stories, but for a slightly older audience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very enjoyable 9 Dec 2013
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A good story, feisty heroine, interesting period, well-written, fast-paced, readable novel. Don't need to say more. Sequels please? Thanks muchly
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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It took all of about 30 seconds before I was totally immersed in Kitty's world!! The story telling was so well done I felt I was standing on the street watching the story unfold, with all the sights sounds and smells of the East End in the 19th century. I devoured the book and couldn't put it down, can't wait for a sequel!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great holiday read! 11 Sep 2013
A thoroughly good read! I thought the first person story telling in a London accent would be irritating, but after the first chapter it just seemed so natural. I was hooked and I fancied that I had guessed the identity of the murderer, but what a great twist at the end and the unveiling of the murderer was gripping. More please!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it! 11 Sep 2013
By Debbieh
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I downloaded this book on holiday and then found I couldn't put it down. I was a very boring holiday companion!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Kitty peck and the music hall murders
This was a most unusual book that kept me turning the page well into the night can't wait for sequel
Published 10 hours ago by brenda peirce
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait for Kate's next book
This is a real page turner. It's full of colour, interesting characters, twists and turns. I thoroughly recommend this book
Published 27 days ago by Flip
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read....
It's been a while since I've had the pleasure of reading a real 'page turner'. This was one! Highly recommended.
Published 2 months ago by RR Wood
4.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected Twist
Kitty Peck is a typical working class girl in Victorian London who works as a seamstress by day and keeps her head down and tries to get by without drawing attention to herself;... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kate A. Best
4.0 out of 5 stars A grasping book
At last a very original thriller ,I like the choice of the location, the suspens is very well built ,the prose lively !
Published 4 months ago by canova
2.0 out of 5 stars Not really Kate Griffin
I bought this book on my kindle thinking it was by Kate Griffin who writes the Midnight Mayor books.
What a disappointment. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Nina, London
5.0 out of 5 stars Music Hall Murders
Very happy with the book. Several friends are queueing up to read it next. Would recommend it as a gripping read.
Published 5 months ago by Dinah Ruth Bentley
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Kept my attention throughout, very enjoyable although I did guess who it was. I await the next book from this author.
Published 5 months ago by TC
4.0 out of 5 stars Great read
I love Kate Griffin, her knowledge of London and her female characters. The blending of gender and expectations is refreshing.
Published 6 months ago by grannygrimble
3.0 out of 5 stars Potential as an adult novel
I have to agree with some of the other reviewers of this book. I though it had been misplaced on the shelf and should have been in the teenage fiction section. Read more
Published 7 months ago by meduckie
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