Devoured (Hatton and Roumande Mystery #1)
One of London’s first forensic detectives chases a grisly killer in this stunning debut mystery rich in period detail and sinister intrigue.
London in 1856 is gripped by a frightening obsession. The specimen-collecting craze is growing, and discoveries in far-off jungles are reshaping the known world in terrible and unimaginable ways. The new theories of evolution threaten...more
The mystery begins with the death of Lady Katherine Bessingham--a bohemian and a free-thinker, who collects spec ...more
My problem with rating it is that I loved the subject matter, but would a regula ...more
My main complaint is that the story plodded along at a snail's pace without much character development (especially the main two forensics experts) and the little vignettes from all the different perspectives felt really choppy and not cohesive. The mystery aspect of the plot I fel ...more
The year is 1856, and the London elite find themselves gripped by the craze of collecting specimens. Expeditions are being sent to far-off jungles to gather the known and the unknown. Combine this addiction with the new theories of evolution that are changing the ways people think about themselves and the world around them, and a potentially explosive situation is being created.
Glamorous Lady Bessingham prides herself on being a ...more
Meredith’s thriller, Devoured. In the budding world of Darwinism, botanical study, forensics, and science in general– Hatton is using early forensic science to solve crimes all around Victorian London hoping that this new manner of solvin ...more
The storyline was intriguing, with a good flurry of characters, but it all seemed to be a bit all over the place in the first half of the book. It was almost deliberately confusing so you wouldn't be able to piece anything together yourself. Also I felt that the characters of Hatton and Roumande could have been built upon more - as much ...more
The book revolves around the murder of a wealthy aristocrat, who supported specimen collection, and centres around some missing letters. However, as the tale draws you slowly but surely into its grip, you begin to wonder ...more
The author's resplendent characters make their way through the muck of murder, the enlightening forensics and the new procedure of autopsy. The team of Hatton and Roumande ar ...more
It is a Victorian mystery with a very complex but absorbing plot... an unputdownable read.
I was immediately drawn into the world of Victorian England and felt immersed in the plot from the first page.
I loved the beautiful prose, descriptions and meeting intriguing and likeable characters as well as the wicked and twisted ones.
A gripping, absorbing page turner that I can't recommend enough.... ...more
As a novel intended to encapsulate the Victorian world, the world of budding forensic science this novel had so much potential but failed to deliver.
This is a crime mystery set in London during the 1850s, I mean, a mystery setting in the Victorian times, who doesn't like that? That itself drew me into buying this book, plus, it was sold at a bargain price!
So, I thought I was gonna enjoy the story but no, reading the first half of it was torturing, I had a slight headache reading it at school. Everything was very confusing. In the first 100 pages or so, I co ...more
I didn't feel many of the characters were developed with any depth and therefore didn't conmnect to any of them. Roumande's character clearly had legs but everytime I started to warm to him I was whisked elsewhere. Hatton on the otherhand wasn't particularly likeable at all - I felt as though ...more
We experience the extreme poverty of the era, the sight and sensations of the jungles of Borneo plus the immunity enjoyed and power exerted by London's influential middle and upper classes.
I have always been fascinated by Darwin's voyages and theories yet ...more
There are many diverse tangled threads ...more
Two gentlemen, Adophus Hatton and his morgue assistant Albert Roumande are teamed up with Scotland Yard's popular Inspector Adams. A high society woman has been murdered and some very important letters have gone missing. Soon other bizarre murders occur. It becomes apparen ...more
After reading English at Cambridge, D. E. Meredith ran the press office at the British Red Cross, where she oversaw media response all internation ...more