The Gods of Gotham (Timothy Wilde Mysteries #1)
A swarm of emigrants gushes ceaselessly onto the South Street docks “the entire block consisted of Irish and dogs and rats sharing the same fleas” - that they’re Catholics makes them all the m ...more
1) Can you walk?
2) Are you a Democrat?
If you answered ‘Yes’ to both of these questions: Congratulations! You are now a police officer for the city of New York.
Timothy Wilde was a bartender who was doing well by the standards of 1845. He had saved some money which he planned on using for his dream of purchasing a ferry boat and asking the woman he was in love with to marry him. However, a devastating fire leaves him homeless, unemployed, penniless ...more
Hope, I've discovered, is a sad nuisance. Hope is a horse with a broken leg. ~The Gods of Gotham, Lyndsay FayeNew York City, 1845. Helped by an explosion of combustible saltpeter, a great fire has once again decimated Lower Manhattan, claiming the lives of four fireman and 26 civilians.
Across the Atlantic, a terrible potato blight is beginning to take its toll, and shiploads of desperate, starving Irish pour into the city despised for their race and religion. Despite having traveled so far, wo ...more
"I'd known before meeting her that women were capable of writing murder across their eyelids and then sweetly blinking at a fellow, but I'd not seen it. It's pretty daunting, when it's done proper."
It's 1845 New York and the BIG fire has just wiped out part of the city as well as bartender Tim Wilde and his stash of $400 saved over the last ten years (to win over the love of his life).......Now disfigured with nowhere to turn, the good natured Tim reluctantly accepts a job from his mu...more
A couple of years ago, Lyndsay Faye's clever Sherlock Holmes/Jack The Ripper thriller Dust and Shadow made CCLaP's best-of-the-year lists, and with me specifically saying at the time that I was looking forward to a wholly original creation from this engaging, smart author; and now that original creation is ...more
My guess is that The Gods of Gotham will most often be compared to The Alienist. Both books are cut from the same cloth ...more
"The Gods of Gotham" is impossible to put down once taken up.
Faye weaves a wonderful and multi-layered tale in a Gothic setting that is sure to appeal to those who appreciate a good mystery/piece of historical fiction. In addition to an engaging main plot, Faye manages a number of subplots that compliment rather than distract for the primary story line. And while a few of the secondary/supporting characters bordered on cliches, the key characters felt fresh and well-drawn (for ...more
The setting is early 19th century antebellum New York City. I've read a bunch of scholarly studies on the era and region, and was absolutely blown-away by all the accurate details Faye managed to explore: w ...more
I am listening to the audiobook narrated by Steven Boyer. Every word is clear, even though the speed is rapid. The Irish brogue is just perfect for the time and setting. There is a glossary in the ...more
Timothy Wilde, I love you. I want to be your woman. Poor man. I'm a sucker for a guy who is so tough, he's willing to fight 50 men by himself, even though he knows he's going to die, in try ...more
I loved the way she brought the old New York back to life. She really brought home the way the Irish were treated during the potato famine. The Irish part of my family came to New York State during that period. I don't know if they ever lived in New York City. They did ...more
"After a fire disseminates a swathe of lower Manhattan, and following years of passionate political dispute, New York City at long last forms an official Police Department. The same summer the great potato famine hits Ireland. These events will change the city of New York forever.
Lyndsay Faye does an amazing job of bringing to life the sense of time and place of 1845 New York City. You certainly get a feel for this city and its people.
He wasn't in front of me any longer. He was a thousand and a thousand and a thousand miles away. It was a ransomed look. One he'd never before showed me. And since he'd never shown me, I'd never known it was there.
I read this book first a year ago, on someone's recommendation, and the Wilde brothers killed me then. Rereading it now, it's even worse. Because you know everything that's going to happen to them, in this book and in later books, and they're so innocent and unaware of everything tha ...more
Gods of Gotham does have a Flash Dictionary, and the prose is quite poetic, however when it came to this book my concerns were little more than foibles. Sure Gods of Gotham isn't your typically whodunnit thriller, but is stocked well with drama at a good pace.
While at times I was worried the substance would disappear behind the l ...more
I loved the writing. This is my 3rd book by this author and I'm officially a HUGE fan. She is so descri ...more
The book was a bit slow to start and the mystery was a bit more grisly than I was prepared for. But I really liked the characters and the way the plot unfolded. I had my guesses and hunches and some of them turned out to be right -- at least partially. Tim is great character though; he's smart, hard working, and of course madly in love with a girl who doesn't have a clue. He tortures himself a bit more than he should, but he doesn't whine and a ...more
Lyndsay Faye spins a tale that immerses the reader in New York City of 1845. The details are rich, well researched, and never superfluous; everything serves the interest of the story, in this case the formation of New York City's first police force. When one of those pioneering "copper stars" accepts the burden of investigating a truly horrific series of murders, he takes a personal and professional journey that shows him the many faces of religious and racial confl ...more
In 1845, Timothy Wilde becomes member of the newly minted New York Police force after a fire destroys his home, his employment and his looks. Despairing of ever winning the delightful Miss Underhill’s regard, and seeking to avoid his louche brother Valentine at all times and costs, Timothy tries enforce some law and order while being kind to the impoverished Irish immigrants. When a girl in a blood-drenched lace nightg ...more
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