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Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders Paperback – 4 Jul 2013
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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)
Kitty Peck and the Music Hall Murders, by Kate Griffin, is a deliciously atmospheric and exciting Victorian mystery.See all Product description
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In the first novel Kitty is coerced into investigating the disappearance of girls she knows from the music halls and along the way discovers some of the shocking truth of her own origins; in the second novel Kitty takes charge of her unexpected inheritance and a baby (not her own) then finds herself the focus of dangerous and terrifying assassins; she also learns more about her own background.
I've bought the next in the series too.
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!
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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.