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(Dr. Thomas Bond #2)

3.70  ·  Rating details ·  738 ratings  ·  116 reviews
Dr. Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, is still recovering from the event of the previous year when Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London - and a more malign enemy hid in his shadow. Bond and the others who worked on the gruesome case are still stalked by its legacies, both psychological and tangible.

But now the bodies of children are being pulled from the Thames... and
Hardcover, 326 pages
Published May 1st 2014 by Jo Fletcher (first published October 3rd 2013)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
Dr. Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon is back in Murder the sequel to Mayhem. It's been years since Jack the Ripper and The Torso Killer roamed, but now something evil is back in London. Dead bodies of children are being pulled from the Thames, could the Upir be back?

I like how Sarah Pinborough uses a combination of fantasy and real events and persons in her books Mayhem and Murder to tell a story. The Upir is an interesting creation and I like that it's a vampire, but still quite different. Vampires
Mogsy (MMOGC)
5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

One of the most common things you'll hear about books these days is that everything seems to be a series. I know I myself have talked about series burnout on more than a few occasions and expressed a desire to see more stand-alones. However! Every once in a while the news of an unexpected sequel will make me jump up and down for joy! And this is most definitely one of those times.

Murder can be seen as the follow-up to Mayh
I am disappointed; so much so I don't even know where to begin. I just can't shake the feeling that I've read this story somewhere before...

I had such a difficult time getting into the first book that I thought I may forgo reading this book altogether but alas I did not. I was able to get into this story more quickly but I found that the character development was flat, which is one of the things I enjoyed so much about the last book.

There were so many moments that I thought, where is this going?
Karen Barber
Jul 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
Some time after the events of 'Mayhem' we return to London. Many of the characters we met in that novel return, and we can see the impact of those events on their lives.
Juliana has become an over-protective mother to her young son James, a husk of her former self after the death of her husband, James. Dr Bond has kept quiet about his involvement in the clearing-up of these events, and he is hopeful that he will eventually marry Juliana.
Initially, everything seems rather dull. Everyone is going a
Jun 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, horror, favorites
What a terrific two book series this is.

Beginning with Mayhem, Sarah Pinborough fictionalized the torso killings, which were occurring alongside Jack the Ripper's reign of terror.
Add in a bit of the supernatural, and this was a brilliant mix of historical fiction with dabs of horror.
Mayhem could easily have been a standalone novel, but Pinborough chose to continue the story of Dr Thomas Bond in this sequel that not only matched Mayhem's excellence, but completed the two novels as one complete an
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was ok
This book was a huge disappointment. I loved the first one but this one had so many errors in printing (wrong dates - at the end it says 2001 and it should say 1901). The writing seemed scattered and confusing. I almost put it down several times but I loved the first book and I thought it might get better. It didn't. With a heavy heart, I would not recommend this book series again. ...more
Feb 20, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Murder by Sarah Pinborough is the sequel to the thrilling period piece Mayhem. Dr. Thomas Bond, having survived the horror of the Thames Torso Killer and the terror of Jack the Ripper, is piecing his life together again. He continues to aid the police with their investigations with his forensic knowledge but comforts himself with the belief that he would never have to face the evil he did when he faced the Demon Upir.

"...My grip tightened on my brandy glass. We rarely talked of the Torso murders
*spoilers from Mayhem will follow*

‘I refused to allow my paranoias to root inside me; I knew I must allow them no room to grow during the long, dark nights.’

Six years have passed since James Harrington, the Thames Torso Murderer was finally caught and killed by Dr. Thomas Bond, a Police Surgeon in London. Bond is haunted with the knowledge behind the killings because Harrington was possessed by a violent parasite, the Upir, which drove him to violently murder all those women. Unfortunately,
Nov 10, 2014 rated it liked it
Murder is the sequel to Mayhem and it is very much a sequel, so much so, if you haven't read Mayhem yet, I very much recommend that you plan on reading one book after the other (if you plan to at all) because with a long gap, as I had, it can take a good chunk of the beginning of Murder until you finally remember who is who. Murder very much continues the story of Mayhem more or less where it left off (with just a few years of people being miserable in between). Anyway, whereas Mayhem is about t ...more
Debby Kean
May 06, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am terribly disappointed. A sure sign of a bad book in an historic setting is when characters have ridiculously 21st century attitudes - the lovely Juliana gaily indulges in an absurd amount of pre and extra marital sex for the 1880s. Even pure practicality argues against behaving like that. Then there's the dashing American hero, the fact that the lovely Juliana is the only named woman in the book... I am so disappointed.
Overall, very disappointing. (It was mildly entertaining however.)
Dec 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars, favorites
And poor Thomas Bond.

RTC (at least I hope so. I kind of neglected writing reviews the past months)
Jan 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
The first half of this book was brillant. Same morbid and dark storyline; a continuation of the first story. Dr. Bond was living his best life and then shit hit the fan.

I love the way the story initially unraveled. Plus the love story sideline and the son’s tutor were great add in mini plots.

However the last quarter of the book dragged and dragged. I also felt the ending was fairly obvious although I feel there was little else to do at that point. I did smile at the 2001 chapters; they were a n
Lynn Williams
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Murder was one of my books that I’ve had for a while waiting to be read and I’m so pleased that I finally made the time to pick it up. It’s such a good book. Really, I don’t think I’ll be able to heap enough praise on it although i’ll certainly give it a good try. Let the gushing commence!

Murder is the second book in a series by Sarah Pinborough, a series that started with a creepy and dark first instalment called Mayhem. I think this could be read as a st
Jan 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
I definitely didn't enjoy this as much as the first book.

This is a sequel, and as such, there is no new mystery. There is very little suspense as well; it's more like an extended epilogue to the first book. It did drag on at times, making me feel that there was nothing new to tell and what I was reading was just stalling.

On the positive side, the time-setting is quite well done, and Dr. Bond's descent into madness is subtle and well-written.

However, the whole romantic triangle with Juliana was,
Liz Barnsley
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Publication Date: May 1st 2014 from Jo Fletcher Books.

Thank you SO much to all concerned for the advance reading copy. It meant I didnt have to commit murder myself…

Dr. Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon, is still recovering from the event of the previous year when Jack the Ripper haunted the streets of London – and a more malign enemy hid in his shadow. Bond and the others who worked on the gruesome case are still stalked by its legacies, both psychological and tangible.

But now the bodies of children
Mar 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, horror
See my other reviews at Never Enough Books

Over a year has passed since the Jack the Ripper murders and Dr. Thomas Bond finds himself still trying to recover from the events. Though life in London continues on; Bond, as well as the other investigators on the case continue to grapple with the dark legacies left behind – those seen and unseen.

While Bond tries to make some kind of sense of the events of that horrible time, he finds himself tied to a nightmare inducing enemy.

Murder is the sequel to S
Sep 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
I was going to give this book three stars, in spite of the terrible editing, but one mistake was so egregious that I ended up going with two.

I really enjoyed the first book in this series, Mayhem. It also suffered from poor editing but the story, writing and characters were good enough to overcome that and I enjoyed the book and gave it four stars.

Murder was very suspenseful, and I did like it, although not quite as much as Mayhem. The mistake that I can't seem to let go of is this: on page 95 o
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One of the first titles that I received for reviewing last year from Jo Fletcher was Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough. Before this I had read a few detectives, most of them Sherlock Holmes, I find the detective books set in victorian London a real treat to read. But when I picked up Mayhem I was in for quite a surprise (meaning it in a very positive way!), the type of story that Sarah Pinborough managed to write was dark, darker than your a
Amy "the book-bat"
I didn't find out until I was already well into this book that it is a sequel to a book called Mayhem. I was hoping for more of the Jack the Ripper plotline than what I got in this book, perhaps it is in the previous one? Anyway, it was fine. Nothing earth-shattering or anything like that. Interesting, but not gripping. 3 stars seems fair. ...more
Mar 26, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gripping follow-up to Pinborough's previous novel, "Mayhem", featuring the real-life Dr. Thomas Bond, considered to be the father of criminal profiling (and who, during the Ripper murders in London, wrote what is considered to be the first criminal profile on Jack), "Murder" finds Dr. Bond recovering from the shocks suffered during the Ripper murders and those of the Thames Torso Killer. He's still hopelessly in love with Juliana Harrington, the widow of the late James Harrington, who had been ...more
Marilyn Shea
Nov 29, 2017 rated it it was ok
Grisly tale of murders during the time of Jack the Ripper, with a couple of the characters suspected of being Jack. I liked the inclusion of newspaper clippings. Gave it a Victorian feel. But the casual sexual liaisons were not plausible. I don't believe the characters could have gotten together without someone noticing and reputations ruined. It was sad and dark and depressing throughout. Still, it did hold my interest to the end, though the ending was a disappointment. ...more
Cecilia Rodriguez
Feb 12, 2018 rated it did not like it
Pinborough's plot has a somber tone and shifts back and forth in time.
It also changes first person narration.
Doctor Thomas Bond is having a difficult time after being involved with
the Jack the Ripper case.
Pinborough uses the term: Upir, which references Vampires. From my impression
of the story, the term is used incorrectly.
This is not a traditional mystery. Rather it is a gruesome portrait of one
man's decent into criminal insanity.
Simone Pelizza
Apr 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
The sequel of Mayhem is more a horror story than a murder mystery. The difference between the two novels is visible since the first chapters but Pinborough skilfully weaves them into a single and intense story.
London, 1896. Police surgeon Thomas Bond has left behind the traumatic experience of the Torso Murders and he's starting to dream of a happy future with Juliana, the daughter of his old friend Charles Hebbert. But the sudden arrival of Edward Kane, an old friend of Juliana's dead husband,
Jan 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
I read Mayhem a few years ago – I have been searching for my review but it must have been the one that got away – and so I was excited to start catching up on what had happened to police surgeon Thomas Bond since the dreadful events of 1888. I liked the multiple points of view, the illumination provided by extracts from letters and newspaper articles and the thought of a different kind of evil which operated alongside but eclipsed Jack the Ripper stalking Whitechapel. Sarah Pinborough expertly c ...more
Feb 22, 2020 added it
Shelves: listened, terrible
It is difficult to decide whether to give this a one star rating or put it in the 'terrible' category.
It was very tedious listening and I only kept going because it was an audio book and I could have it on in the back ground.
It started OK and the blurb on the back of the CD made it sound relatively interesting, but that is it.
In the end I could not wait for it to finish.
Sarah PINBOROUGH had some ideas of giving an explanation of the Ripper Murders, initially, but as the book went on she appears
May 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Dr. Thomas Bond, Police Surgeon is back in Murder the sequel to Mayhem. It's been years since Jack the Ripper and The Torso Killer roamed, but now something evil is back in London. Dead bodies of children are being pulled from the Thames, could the Upir be back?

Another fantastic story. The mix of real persons and fantasy is wonderfully-woven together. The biggest thing for me is how vividly the characters are drawn, with complicated, messy emotions that clearly impact their actions. The story zi
Mar 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Spoiler Free! This was an absolute heartbreaker. Things do not go well for the characters we came to know and love in the first book. "Murder" had all the gruesome serial killings that I expected but little of the old camaraderie between the men hunting the killer which was so delightful in "Mayhem." This story is a lot sadder, a lot darker, and packed an emotional gut punch at the end. I can't say that I was surprised by any of the major events as I had suspected what may come to pass but I was ...more
Karrie Stewart
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend reading this right after Mayhem. I read this a few years later and I was a little confused at certain parts. This was a slow burn that Shirley Jackson would have been proud of. The ending was a good "Shut Up!" moment. Sarah also set it up for a third one if she really wanted to.
I also listened to this and Steven Crossley does such an amazing job. I really love his little kid voice. It cracks me up!
Apr 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
One of the top 5 worst books I’ve ever read— the book before this one is slightly less awful. I was hoping it would improve. Sadly, even my worst imagined endings were not even close. I can think up some pretty bad endings, but this was so much worse than, they died and burned in hell for eternity . I am not exaggerating. If I could give negative stars, I would. HATED this book— the first was intriguing, and disturbing; this one was revolting, showing the worst parts of humanity, and spoiler— th ...more
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