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The Welfare of the Dead (Inspector Webb #2)

3.5  ·  Rating Details ·  72 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
'Her arms were bare and milky-white, her hands dainty and graceful; her smile as sweet as any I have ever seen. An awful shame...'

In the disreputable dance-halls and 'houses of accommodation' of 1870s London a boastful killer selects his prey.Are these random acts of malevolence or is there a connection between the terrible murders, a mysterious theft at the Abney Park Cem
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 6th 2005 by Arrow (first published May 12th 2005)
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After some thought on whether to write a review on this specific book or not, I decided to give it a go based solely on the fact that I had surprisingly mixed feelings throughout my reading experience. Initially the beginning seems incredibly promising, what with a first person account of the events leading up to the main case featuring in the story, in 19th century London over the course of a few hours, one that we revisit a few times in the midst of the story in interval form. Soon this is ...more
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Nov 28, 2012 Ian Mapp rated it it was ok
Chosen out of Qpd magazine, after finishing, I believe that I shouldnt bother.

There is no doubt that the writer does an excellent job of evoking victorian britian, but the man is not an author and this tells through the obvious twist and lumpen dialogie that fill the pages.

The story leads us to believe that a manager of a store specialising in death paraphanalia (apparently, the victorians liked this), Woodrow, is murdering girls. Starts with a couple of prostitutes and then moves on to a girl i
Nov 04, 2007 jankreidler rated it it was ok
Fun, atmospheric Victorian setting(the man can write fog!),an amusing and diverting quick read. Cardboard characters including a Snidely Whiplash figure, the visiting American upstart girl cousin, a wise DI and his wisecracking sidekick as well as a long suffering, fashion-obsessed wife, slashed prostitutes, laudanum, and three possible culprits!
Spoiler: Professor Plum in the library with a candlestick!
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Shelves: 2013
This was a second read and I didn't remember the ending.
This author has an unusual writing style but after the first few chapters you get used to it.
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Wonderful characters. Superb setting. However the plot was a little predictable
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Enquête de Scotland Yard dans les méandres des maisons closes de Londres à l'époque Victorienne.
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L.M. JACKSON lives in London with his partner Joanne. His first book, London Dust, was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award. He is fascinated by the social history of Victorian London and spends much of his time on the ongoing development of his website.
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