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Murder [Kindle Edition]

Sarah Pinborough
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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Dr Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, is still recovering from the events of the previous year when Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London - and a more malign enemy hid in his shadow. Bond and the others who worked on the gruesome case are still stalked by its legacies, both psychological and tangible.

But now the bodies of children are being pulled from the Thames... and Bond is about to become inextricably linked with an uncanny, undying enemy.


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'Much grittier and scarier than its predecessor, Murder will take you to a very dark place. A wonderfully creepy experience' Upcoming4Me.

'It's a novel which stands alongside the best of this sort of genre blending from Michael Marshall Smith or John Connolly ... A blend of the supernatural, horror, crime and psychological profiling which makes you care about the characters before turning their lives inside out. 9/10' Sci-Fi Bulletin.

'It's extremely rare that I read an entire book in one sitting but I just couldn't put Murder down ... Sarah Pinborough has once again proven why she has earned a place on my extremely short list of favourite authors' The Eloquent Page.

'Murder has all the elements I expected from Sarah Pinborough, excellent writing, mystery and a dark undertone that haunts the story throughout' From First Page to Last.

'The succinct, efficient and yet multi-layered writing style works very well ... Those looking for both visceral and psychological horror will enjoy this gore-soaked offering' Starburst.

'Murder is a more than satisfying follow up ... and provides the whole story with a deeper and richer conclusion' British Fantasy Society.

'The characterisation is spot on ... You can almost feel the fog seeping into your clothes as you turn the page ... Meticulously researched, well written and totally engrossing' The Horror Hothouse.

'This is historical fiction at its best as well as one of the better mystery novels that is likely to be published this year' Examiner.com.

'A poignant and unputdownable novel of the darkness of humanity and haunting malevolence with an exquisite dose of horror and supernatural' Fantasy-Faction.

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Dr Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, thinks he has finally recovered from the terrible events of years before. He no longer has nightmares about Jack the Ripper - or the other monster, an enemy even more malign who hid in Jack's shadow and haunted the streets of London at the end of the 1880s. He had made his peace with his part in bringing calm back to the East End. His fame as a profiler of criminals is increasing, his practice is steady, and Dr Bond is beginning to dream of marriage, and children. Life is good. But when a woman's body is found brutally beaten to death in a railway carriage and a letter written years before is discovered by the police, the past he has fought so hard to put behind him begins to taint the present, and he can no longer fight his new suspicions. Just when he thought life had returned to normal, Dr Bond is about to discover that some things will not remain buried: once again his uncanny enemy is loose on the streets of London... and this time Dr Bond is alone.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 672 KB
  • Print Length: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Jo Fletcher Books (30 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HVBK07Y
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #41,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By D. Harris TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
"Murder" is a sequel to Pinborough's Mayhem, and it is a worthy sequel. (If you haven't read Mayhem - and why on earth not? - be warned there are spoilers below for that book, and you should look away now, go and get a copy and read it first).

The earlier book manages to simultaneously about crimes (the Ripper and Thames Torso killings in the 19th century) but not a crime novel, Victorian and dark, but not a gothic pastiche, and horror-laden, but not a Bram-Stoker-a-like. It is also thoroughly modern in sensibility, forging soemthing quite new and I think unique in tone and outlook.

Well, "Mayhem" isn't unique now because Sarah Pinborough has done it again - indeed I think she's surpassed the earlier book, whose hero, Dr Thomas Bond, could seem slightly stilted, compared with his foil, the fantastical Jewish Russian refugee Aaron Kosminski. Here, Bond is more fully realised, more human and very much the centre of the story.

Several years have passed, and the evil that menaced London - which was ended when Bond murdered James Harrington, in league with Kosminski and the mysterious Argentine priest - has faded. Bond has finally lost the air of dread that overtook him, and Juliana, Harrington's widow, is bringing up their son in peace. Bond even has hopes of marrying her, despite the difference in their ages. But the past will not lie. The ripples of Harrington's cursed life spread outwards, and an old friend of his comes calling.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Sigh. 1 May 2014
By Liz Wilkins TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
Thank you SO much to all concerned for the advance reading copy. It meant I didnt have to commit murder myself…

Dr. Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, is still recovering from the event of the previous year when Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London – and a more malign enemy hid in his shadow. Bond and the others who worked on the gruesome case are still stalked by its legacies, both psychological and tangible.

But now the bodies of children are being pulled from the Thames… and Bond is about to become inextricably linked with an uncanny, undying enemy.

So after Mayhem there was Murder and as Ms Pinborough wove her unique brand of literary magic around me again I was immediately transported back to Victorian London and the weird and wonderful world of Dr Thomas Bond.

Here we find him recovering from the events of “Mayhem” and finally finding some form of equilibrium again – his life back on track, love in his future and much to be grateful for. But the darkness has not been completely banished and life is about to take an unexpected turn.

In “Mayhem” life and soul was given to some real life characters from History, here that mythology deepens and expands in the most delightful way. I was engrossed, addicted, often sitting WAY too close to the edge of my seat and the sheer genius of the tale was absolutely compelling. And frankly, often scaring the bejesus out of me. Which is not easy to achieve.

The writing is sublime. The storytelling is intelligent and engaging.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A dark and murderous read 1 May 2014
Format:Hardcover
I received a copy of this book from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

Dr Bond is back. Having but the troubling incident at the time of Jack the Ripper behind him, Dr Bond is now at peace with the world. His dependency on opium has gone, his sleep has returned and he has hopes that his love for Juliana Harrington will be returned. He believes the secrets that passed those many years ago are hidden well and the terror that haunted him then is never to re-appear.

However life begins to unravel. Gruesome murders are once more taking place and Bond begins to have suspicions about his close friend and his possible involvement in the Ripper murders. Things are compounded when an old friend of Juliana's late husband arrives, bringing with him a rival for Juliana's affections and a blast from the past that shakes Bond to the core.

I enjoyed this sequel to Mayhem very much. If you have not yet read Mayhem I would recommend that you read that before you read Murder.

This book does exactly what is says on the tin, it is full of murder, gruesome and obvious, hidden and slow. Not only does it contain the obvious murder of the body but also depicts the murder of the soul.

Murder has all the elements I expected from Sarah Pinborough, excellent writing, mystery and a dark undertone that haunts the story throughout. There is more of a supernatural element to this novel which lends itself to blackness that the story holds, and which makes it all the more compelling. I was soon drawn into the tale, at first glad to be back visiting Dr Bond and co. However I soon came to dread what would happen next as the familiar soon changes before the readers eyes.

On reading Murder it reminds me that I have been remiss in not reading any more of Sarah Pinborough's work. This is something I must remedy as soon as possible.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
What a story it twists and turns and although it was quite a violent story I found it easy to read.
Definitely a great book but I expect nothing less from Sarah Pinborough
Published 18 days ago by Bright pink pig
5.0 out of 5 stars A book you will devour.
You know those books you have to keep reading in a frenzied, all-consuming attempt to discover what happens next? Read more
Published 3 months ago by Little Bookness Lane
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
Did not enjoy this! Can't really comment, gave up less than half way through.
Published 6 months ago by Ger
4.0 out of 5 stars Macabre and dark
The second instalment of Dr bond's story. Things don't go well for the good Doctor despite his best efforts. Read more
Published 7 months ago by disrep
4.0 out of 5 stars A great gory read!
When i first picked up this book I wasn't too keen on the name 'Murder' - however being a fan of historical murder mystery novels the blurb won me over. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Arabella
3.0 out of 5 stars very good.
I loved this it was a very we'll written book,it was groomson. I loved the characters and how the stories involved them. Read more
Published 7 months ago by p. dowdall
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly good read
really good read. very atmospheric - great descriptions of London at that time. Really liked all the strong characters too.
Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed mayhem, but this book seems to be a ...
I enjoyed mayhem, but this book seems to be a rehash of that tale. I am half way through and losing interest,. There is nothing new here and so far is very predictable.
Published 9 months ago by R. Sanders
5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating
This book brilliantly brings to life the seedy side of London in the late 1890's, the time of Jack The Ripper & the horror those murders brought to the capital. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Jan Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very clever and unusual story. Read Mayhem first as this is the continuation of the story.
Published 9 months ago by David Cox
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