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The Butchered Man (The Northminster Mysteries #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  52 ratings  ·  11 reviews
England, 1840. Police surgeon Felix Carswell enters a murky world of professional gamblers and jilted lovers to solve the case of the Butchered Man.
Paperback, 364 pages
Published November 1st 2011 by Silverwood Books (first published November 2nd 2010)
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This is a really well written book.

We first meet Felix. He is a young doctor who has been hired to be a police surgeon. His duties will include taking care of policemen, their families and other people referred by certain city leaders. Felix is the “natural” son of a nobleman, Lord Rothborough, who wants to become more involved in Felix's life. Felix is resisting that relationship because he has adopted parents whom he loves. Felix also wants to create a life for himself by using his skill and
"And did those feet in ancient time . . .And was Jerusalem builded here Among those dark satanic mills?"
words from a poem by William Blake and a few lines from the hymn "Jerusalem" the unofficial national anthem of England. These words sprang to mind as I read this delightful tale.

In 1840 Major Giles Vernon of the Northminster police and a young doctor, Felix Carswell make a good team, an unlikely pair but effective. Both are men of science and logic--Giles wants hard evidence for a murder inves
Feb 23, 2013 IndieHeart rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People who enjoy detective novels/mysteries or historical fiction
The Butchered Man is a nice start to Harriet Smart’s Victorian era detective series, The Northminster Mysteries. Set in the mid-1800s, the story focuses on the main characters of Major Giles Vernon and Dr. Felix Carswell as they sort out the events leading up to the murder of the initially unidentified man they nicknamed “Harlequin”.

Harlequin’s body was found at a local building site, dumped after a vicious murder and mutilation. Once they identify him, they are inexorably drawn into the web of
Felix Carswell, the illegitimate son of a noble, is a young doctor who tries to make a living for himself. He begins working for Major Vernon, the police chief. The mutilated body of a man is discovered and Felix is called to examine the body and to assist Major Vernon in solving the crime.

The book is very descriptive and you can see the dirty side of Victorian England. The author describ ed in detail the filthy pubs, the farms and back rooms in the village, and the local school for wayward girl
Better book than its title

A good start for an entertaining pair of characters. The story unfolded at a good pace, and it's well written.
Piers Cooper
A well devised mystery with enough twists to wrong-foot your assumptions without characters making hidden deductions. Solid characterisation brings you right into the books. Pacing spot on, the action is always relevant, no side-pieces of no consequence nor unnecessary embellishment.

I'd give this five stars but the proofreading isn't great. I get immersed in books but come up gasping for air when typos slip through.
C2011. A good intriguing mystery. Nicely written and some good characterisation. A few twists lifted the plot from being mundane and predictable. A different kind of prose trying, fairly successfully,to mirror the time period. I usually find this annoying but the author made it work. Recommended to the normal crew. FWFTB: constabulary, poison, doctor, ladies, murder.
Sherry Ramsey
I thoroughly enjoyed this historical's a sign of a good book for me when I have to take breaks from reading because I'm so worried about what is going to happen to a character I like! The time period comes to life and the characters are complex, real people. I hope there will be more about these characters!
Loved it! Excellent historical murder mystery. Has everything going for it. Loved the characters, although the lead 'detective' was a bit weak on occasions. Strong female characters throughout the book had a twist to them. Loved the Doctor and felt more could definitely be made of his position.
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Really 3.5 stars, I think. A solid, well-written mystery. Definitely recommended if you like period mysteries.
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