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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (4 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571302696
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571302697
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 2.3 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (81 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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)

This is a page-turning, tension building compulsive read ... Roll on her next book. (secretsales.com)

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Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders, by Kate Griffin, is a deliciously atmospheric and exciting Victorian mystery.

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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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Dust off your feather boas and let's get dancing! I swear this is how this book makes you feel. It's set in a music hall theatre and it's a very clever, original novel - I just loved it.
A detective who is a trapeze artist, a cast of characters who just dance off the page as well as the stage and as you open the book the music starts playing - it’s like one of those musical cards I swear and the applause, music and rowdy crowds only stop when that cover is closed. But then they linger in your head for ages after.

I love this period and have never read such a clever and original book before set in this period. It was warm, witty and clouded with opium smoke that I felt giddy at the end or was that just pure excitement!

It more than brings Victorian London to life, it plays out on the stage of your imagination and is great fun whilst also being quite gutsy and insightful into what London and its theatre world might have been like then.

It was inspired on the very real Wilton’s Music Hall and it just brings a unique angle on its place in history. Kitty Peck is such a good character - gutsy and one of the best female heroines I have had the pleasure of meeting.

Read this and then visit Wilton’s Music Hall as it’s that evocative you’ll think you’ve been there before!

See the locations and author inspiration here - [...]
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Oct. 2013
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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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By LOB on 24 July 2013
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This book is not my regular read. Historical. Urghh . However needs must. On holiday and I'd finished my must-reads, I was offered this as a - try it.. but then it was snatched away as he wanted to take the book home. I couldn't wait to find if Kitty would find her brother and the best of friends Peggy, so wifi I did find and ebook I did download. (Holidaymakers everywhere do not give away a book and take it back before the last page has been turned - not fair)

Utterly absorbing, this was about a time and age of which I know nothing. Nor was I interested - until now. Kitty is an amazing character. Funny and fearless and only a teenager, and what an age she lived in. Women knew their place. Kitty thank goodness did not. A crimefighter and heroine - during a time when heroin was rife (who knew, I didn't, how I've been educated) . I know I wouldn't want to be poor in Kitty's time. But she crossed the class zone - if there was one.

I highly recommend. There are twists and turns like you'd never believe. I love my crimewriters. Patricia Cornwell, Michael Connelly are my must buys (or listen to, as Bosch audiobooks are my passion), but now historical crime writers a la Ms Griffin are added to that list.

I am however torn. I only have the book on kindle, so cannot pass to my friends. The perils of buying electronically. Do I buy, or trust them to get around to buying their own.
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At first I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book, but as I got further into it I gradually become hooked and couldn't wait to turn the next page. The subject matter can be quite horrific as you get further into the story, but it was a very gripping storyline with a good twist at the end. I will definitely be reading more by this author.
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