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A Matter of Grave Concern

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  965 ratings  ·  208 reviews
Bestselling author Brenda Novak unearths love in the darkest of places.

When Maximillian Wilder hides his noble identity and joins the notorious body snatchers known as the London Supply Company, the last thing on his mind is love. Hes worried about Madeline, his vanished half sister, who was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the gangs conscienceless leader.
Kindle Edition, 324 pages
Published October 7th 2014 by Montlake Romance
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2.5 stars

****Full Review****

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review

When does the end justify the means? Is it when individuals who have limited options become
resurrectionist? Is it when medical colleges pay for bodies procured from nefarious ways to study and try to further knowledge of human anatomy? How about when a daughter lies to her father to help further his career or a man lying to the woman
Danielle (Love at First Page)
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Oh dear. What a mess. Frankly, I am shocked this book was written by the same author who wrote Through the Smoke. I am going to keep this brief, because literally nothing about A Matter of Grave Concern worked for me.

Summary: London, 1830s. Abigail Hale, daughter of the surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine, longs not for marriage but for a place at her father's side. In order for the college and
Robin (Bridge Four)
I dont have a lot of experience with Brenda Novak works. I read Through the Smoke and absolutely loved the Historical Romance and Gothic feel of that story. She has written fifty books, which is a huge accomplishment, but I have only read one so Im not sure if her overall style is geared more towards Through the Smoke or more like A Matter of Grave Concern. While I liked certain aspects of this novel I did not like it nearly as much as my first experience with Brenda Novak.

The Story - Abigail
I've given this a B for narration and C for content at AudioGals, so I suppose that's 3.5 stars, which is principally down to the narration, because my rating for the book on its own is lower.

A Matter of Grave Concern is one of those books that has an interesting premise and starts strongly, but which loses momentum fairly quickly and ends up not living up to its potential.

The story is set in London in 1830, at a time when the study of the medical sciences was increasing disproportionately to
C Joy
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I certainly did not expect to like this book but given my 4-star rating, I did. Very much.

This is the first novel from this brilliant author I've read that has a historical romance genre. I love her Whiskey Creek series and given her writing style, I read on and took the plunge.

I was really intrigued by the characters especially our curious and headstrong heroine, and the hero in disguise of a crook. Grave robbing was an issue before in the medical field and I read about it in a separate book
Aug 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am not a huge historical fan but when I am reading them by Brenda Novak I get so lost in the story I forget the time period the book book is set in and just get caught up in the story making them rudely special. I loved this book from start to finish. I found myself laughing at some of the things that were said. I could just see a proper lady using the word cock like it was thrown around a few times in this book and I about died laughing. The plot was great and hooked me from the start when fa ...more
I've given this a C- at AAR, so that's 2.5 stars.

There seems to be a bit of a vogue in historicals at the moment for stories which involve anatomists and/or resurrectionists in some way, as this is the third Ive read in recent months which features characters who are somehow connected to one of those professions. Thats not to say the books themselves have used the same plotlines, because they havent I just thought it was an interesting little trend. In A Matter of Grave Concern, Brenda Novak
A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak is a 2014 Montlake Romance publication. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I must say this is certainly an interesting historical romance. Certainly not your run of the mill regency, that's for sure. This one is just a tad dark and deals with subject matter some might be surprised to find in a historical romance.

The setup:

Alison is the daughter of a surgeon and an only child whose mother died when she was young. Her
Tiffany Readz
Sep 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. Just Wow. Brenda Novak can write a historical romance like no other. While I will admit it took me a few chapters to get into, once I did I couldn't finish it fast enough.

In A Matter of Grave Concern we are introduced to the underground world of grave robbing in the 1800's. Max Wilder is looking for his half-sister that went missing. She was last seen with Big Jack, the leader of The London Supply Company. Big Jack, his brother and two other guys supply the local colleges with cadavers to
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The fourth of Brenda Novak's Historical Novels - loved it just as much as the first 3!
Sep 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had an opportunity to review Through the Smoke by Brenda Novak and until I started reading the novel, I didnt realize that I had agreed to read a historical romance. I initially felt like a deer caught in the headlights in agreeing to read the book let alone to complete a review and instead became enamored with the story. When the opportunity came to read another historical romance by Brenda Novak with the title of A Matter of Grave Concern, I couldnt wait to discover if my previous excitement ...more
Brandee (un)Conventional Bookworms
It's been a long while since I read a good Victorian era historical romance. A Matter of Grave Concern is so, so good. It has mystery, intrigue, and two main characters who are strong, willful, and determined, and the sexual tension/chemistry between them is fantastic.

Abigail Hale is the daughter of the chief surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine. She is an unconventional young woman, to say the least. She has been raised by a distant father while living at the college, being exposed to
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I havent read a historical in a long time however when one of my favorite contemporary authors releases one, I just have to read it. I was very happy to receive a copy of Brenda Novaks A Matter of Grave Concern in exchange for an honest review, and I am very glad that I did read it. The characters, in the timeline, were very believable so much so that the social injustice of the time (women, chattel, you get the idea) made me angry. Now thats a GOOD thing! It means that Ms. Novak did her job ...more
Aug 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I officially fell in love with this book. There are so many things that I loved about this that I cannot just name one. There are quite a few quotes throughout the book that made me love these characters more.
Abby is the daughter of a surgeon at a college. She has had dreams of becoming one herself even though she knew it would be impossible because women did not do those things. Women were good for being mothers and wives. But one night when she was trying to help
Nov 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: for-review, netgalley
I had so much fun reading this story! I absolutely enjoyed the interaction between Max and Abigail. They have a meaningful connection in a particular way. They are both educated, intelligent, opinionated and strong. They complement each other very much which makes the story all the better. However, they come from two different words. I have to say that even the unsavory characters were entertaining to read and added much to the story. Jack in particular. One loves to really dislike him.

I have
Jan Coad
Aug 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Abigail (the heroine) leads a sheltered life as the daughter of a prominent teaching surgeon. I don't normally read historical romance. With rich characters, realistic historical setting, and sensuous romance, Brenda Novak's A MATTER OF GRAVE CONCERN has made me a convert. The setting was believably accurate and I was drawn right into the story of grave robbing "resurrectionists" selling bodies to the medical colleges for anatomy & physiology dissection. Abigail is such a delight in her ...more
This was much better than I thought it would be, I thought it would be more shallow because of the soft looking cover. A young woman who is trying to break through the stereotype of "only men in the medical field", gets herself wrapped up with some very grizzly grave robbers. She is a smart and formidable character and it was exciting to see what crazy thing she would do next. The rest of the characters are colorful, ronchy and keep the story intriguing throughout. Their are some pretty steamy, ...more
Linda (un)Conventional Bookworms
*I received a free ARC of A Matter of Grave Concern directly from Brenda Novak in exchange of an honest and unbiased review*
A Matter of Grave Concern is a bit of an unusual historical romance. Instead of balls and fancy clothes, we get dead bodies. The nontraditional focus of this one brought it to my attention; its always nice to try something fresh in a genre that you read a lot of. Unfortunately, this one did not live up to my expectations.

Abigail Hale is a surgeons doctor and shes been assisting at the college where her father works for years. Whats always a challenge for the anatomists at the college is access
Aug 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Matter of Grave Concern
Abby Hale lives at Aldersgate College where her father is an esteemed teaching surgeon. Recently the school has had difficulty acquiring cadavers, which is necessary for the surgery students. Thus, Abby takes it upon herself to "acquire" a cadaver from Big Jack, one of the most vile resurrection men in London.
Max Wilder is really a duke posing as a resurrection man in Big Jack's gang. Max's missing sister Madeline had mentioned marrying Jack so she can support her
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Its London 1830 and Abigail Hale isnt your typical gentile single lady. She is the daughter of a renowned surgeon and she aspires to follow in her fathers footsteps. The Aldersgate School of Medicine, along with other medical schools, is in danger of closing as they do not have enough cadavers for the students to dissect, study and learn from. So what is a young woman to do? She hires a gang of resurrection men, aka grave diggers, to get a corpse for her school.

Even though she thinks she has
Oct 04, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Matter of Grave Concern is my first historical romance by Brenda Novak. Like her contemporary romance, Ms. Novak gives us characters that will initially try the patience of the reader when it comes to liking or identifying with them. A Matter Of Grave Concern is no different. I mean I really didn't think that I would like a book were the male lead is engaged in the activity of body snatching. Granted this was during 19th century England and those surgeons/anatomists really did need specimens ...more
Oct 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've never read any of Novak's historical romance but I love her Whiskey Creek books so I thought I would give this a shot. I love that the main character is involved in such a different world than a traditional Victorian heroine. Grave robbers? Underground black market on bodies for surgical schools? Bring it!
Because this was such an "out there" social circumstance and because Abby had such an odd upbringing I could forgive her impulsive nature by thinking she could sneak into the
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Be prepared for a wild ride in London and the UK in 1830. Abigail (Abby) Hale lives and works with her father in London at the Aldersgate School of Medicine. Abby aspires to be a surgeon, which is pretty much unheard of for females during this era. The school needs corpses for anatomy and dissection purposes. On her own, and without her fathers knowledge, Abby decides to help her father out, and sends a request to a company for a body. Resurrectionists (body snatchers) from the London Supply ...more
Sharilyn Dickerson
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-kindle
This is the first historical romantic suspense book I have ever read. It has never been a genre that I thought I would read. However, the fact that this book was written by Brenda Novak and I love her Whiskey Creek series I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did!

As I mentioned I've never read any historical romance books so the first part of the book I did struggle a bit with. The characters are in London so I had to adjust to some of the vocabulary. However, after I picked up on all that the
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever read a book that makes you feel like you were holding your breath, waiting to see what happens next? Well, this book was like that for me. A MATTER OF GRAVE CONCERN is a suspense filled mystery with murder and romance thrown in! It takes place in 1830's London, and is interesting, shocking, funny and scary.

Abby is the daughter of a surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine. They need bodies for dissection, for the college to survive. Max has joined the London Supply Company (the
Aug 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved this story. This isn't your typical historical romance. The mystery involved was done to perfection. I was intrigued right from the first. The best part of the overall book was that integration of historical facts into a nail-biting suspenseful mystery. The characters were complete and drew you in to either love them or hate them, there really was no in between for them. The hero is a total and complete hero on the inside and out. The lengths that he's willing to go are ...more
Amanda Meggs
This is my first Brenda Novak book and I see from the author info that she has written 50 which is certainly impressive. Resurrection Men are an interesting topic and that is why I ordered the book, Abby our protagonist starts off well, a strong female character who wants to be a surgeon. She falls in with the resurrection men very rapidly and without much reason, she flings herself into a physical relationship with Max way too early IMO and the plot seems to be a little loose and unlikely. ...more
Sandy Bartles
Oct 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak begins in 1830's London.

This is a love story, actually a Cinderella level romance. However it may difficult for the reader to see that because the heroine is a young "Dr Brennan" (think "Bones") and the "prince" is a grave robber. After watching real life for all these years, I was having difficulty imagining a good ending for this story. There are many twist and turns, much sorrow, much excitement.....I laughed and cried as I watched the characters and
Cath Alexander
Aug 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Brenda Novak has another Historical Romantic jewel here. The characters are realistic, the setting colorful, and the plot gripping.

Abigail (the heroine) lives a sheltered life, but doesn't realize it until she feels she has no choice but to go after the men who wronged her. Having grown up with an anatomist as a father, she wants to become a surgeon like him. But the school her father teaches at will not allow a woman to enroll. She does more for the college than she is credited for, procuring
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I caught my day-care provider drugging my children with cough syrup and Tylenol to get them to sleep while I was away, Brenda says. It was then that I decided that I needed to do something from home.

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