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The Valentine Circle

(Silas de San Michel Mystery #1)

3.66  ·  Rating details ·  355 ratings  ·  68 reviews

Boston, winter of 1885.

A string of kidnappings plagues the snow-laden city of Boston while a murderer runs amok, hunting and killing the unborn babies of the city's social elite.

A powerful group called the Valentine Society controls the city's police department, and the people of Boston's last hope for justice lies in the hands of a man who mysteriously washes ashore from
Kindle Edition, 497 pages
Published September 6th 2014 by Davinian Press
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Theresa Pollara
May 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
Truly bad

The setting does not work with the time period. The main characters are 21st century people placed in a pseudo turn of the 20th century with none of the proper social moras and morals. This would not be a problem, if the plot were not relying on their position. The writing itself is somewhat stunted.

The only thing that prevents this from being rated a 1 star is the plot. The author has the potential to write great thrillers should he chose to step away from the historic or its less well
Yvonne (It's All About Books)
Finished reading: November 4th 2015
Rating 3qqq

"Asking too many questions makes it seem as if your head is just empty space. Most of the things you think you don't know, you truly do know. You just don't know you do."

(view spoiler)
May 22, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
I am torn about this book. It has many good elements and I actually enjoyed reading it quite a bite. The epilogue also makes you want to know how things are going to develop with our MC Silas. On the downside, the dialogues were very wooden and some of the timeline didn't make much sense. The second part has not been released yet and I don't know if I would pick it up. ...more
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many good elements in this story. A historical setting, a mystery spanning continents, powerful families, trained psychopaths, and the list goes on. The story really pulls all these unique elements together while still leaving so many avenues for follow up stories. Too many arcs to choose from as to which one would be best to learn more about.
Now, what doesn't work in this story. I found the characters a bit stiff, meaning they just didn't become three dimensional and take on a life of their
Feb 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of a historical murder mystery series. The
characters are vivid, well defined, interesting and engaging.
There is plenty of murder, mystery, suspense, drama and utterly
unpredictable plots with twists and turn that will keep you
captivated. The atmosphere is thick with well-sustained tension.
The story moves fast containing a lot of harsh reality.
The author weaves the past and present together effortlessly.
There is undeniable chemistry between two of the main
characters. Their ban
This book was a mystery within a mystery. Not only are you wondering who did the crime and what the Valentine Circle is really about, but you are wondering who this mysterious main character is. I loved the multiple mystery, but there were some "mysterious" activities that I found frustrating. Mostly I felt like throwing the book at the floor every time the main character insisted on going in or out a window instead of using a door. Once or twice, when it is required, is interesting, but more th ...more
Apr 04, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The author very kindly supplied me with a copy of this in exchange for a review. I so badly wanted to like this book, but I can't get beyond page 66 (and I've tried 3 times). The writing is choppy, uneven, and juvenile. The characters aren't grabbing me, as much as I want to learn more about Silas. And now I find all that I am doing is waiting to spot the anachronisms. The book is set in 1885, yet Inspector Belloc addresses one character as "Ms. Chapman." "Ms" didn't come into use until the 1970 ...more
May 16, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
If one chooses to write historical fiction, one should familiarize oneself with the speech patterns, behavior, and colloquialisms of the period. This story is set in 1888, I am sure that in that era no one, ever, said "freaking awesome". Move the story to modern time and it would have been a much better, and more acceptable, read. The only thing that made this historical fiction is that there are no cars, the characters use horse-drawn carriages. Too many metaphors, and mixed ones at that.

An int
Scott aka Prison Preacher
It sounded like a good plot, especially the historical aim. It started off on a positive note but it slowly started going down and at some point the bottom fell out. A lot of dialogue was was simply moronic. The plot behind the modern was stupid and the character development was ok at best. The only character I found interesting was Belloc and he was weak at times.

Those who like a thin plot but lots of grandiose violence will probably delight in it, but as for me sorry it was a big disappointmen
Annette Sullivan
Oct 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The start of lLife

This book has the start of a great story line. By working with a small group of players it holds your interest. Anyone who reads this book will read others in the hope of finding suspense.
Donna Ransdell
Jun 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
Too much evil

I was drawn in at the beginning of the story, but I couldn't finish this book. It just had too much evil.

Enjoyed the book but parts of the plot drug on to much. Would be interested in reading another f r I'm this author.
Jun 05, 2020 rated it it was ok
Could not get into this one,tried a couple of times, but did not get very far with it
Amie's Book Reviews
By: Reinaldo DelValle

* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. *


The story takes place in the city of Boston in the year 1885.

Silas de San Michel awakes inside the closet of a ship in Boston Harbor. He has no memory of who he is or how he came to be on that ship. He isn't even sure his name is Silas, but since it is stitched inside his clothing, he figures that must be correct.

Taken in by a Boston detective, he quickly finds himse
Tony Parsons
Mar 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1885, Boston Harbor Boston, MA. A homeless man stored himself on the boat from the Far East.
The Captain O’Hara had the local Boston P/D officer escort him to a homeless shelter.
Inspector Belloc (Boston P/D) said he had been stabbed. The Dr. was looking him over. Silas? He had no idea who he was or where he came from.

There was an addressed envelope in his bag; to: Silas de San Michel, from: Lucy Reilly (School of Arts, Boston, MA).
Fast forward Officer Silas de San Michel (Boston P/D), Posy Ch
Nov 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a very interesting but definitely different story. The basic storyline is not so unusual. The main character, Silas, and his partners Belloc and Posy, and how they work together to solve this mystery are the unusual parts of the story. I am not sure, after reading it, whether I truly enjoyed it or not. Silas is an unusual main character. He is sort of a cross between romantic hero/lover, Superman, Spiderman and a few other super heroes. He arrives in Boston with amnesia, and is taken in ...more
Alexandria  Ang
Oct 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While reading this book, I felt like I was in one of those crime/forensic shows like CSI: Miami or Criminal Minds. Yes I must agree! It was a like Criminal Minds in book form! Such brilliant and superb language, plus the mystery was well thought out.

When someone says Criminal Minds, this is how I react: :D

Very Happy

I really don't know what I loved more about this book- the mystery and suspense or the character development? The characters were just so involved with one another and even though we
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Mysteries, gore, murde

This is a long story, and although interesting and different, there are aspects of it that are too drawn out and do not move the story forward. Basically, a man appears on a freighter in Boston Harbor in the late 1800’s, suffering from amnesia, but has vague memories of Japan and a Japanese master who teaches him the philosophy of the East. Due to a shortage on the Boston Police Department, he is hired by Inspector Belloc, with a female assistant Posy Chapman, and Dalton. B
I want to like this book more than I actually do. At first I thought this was really good but as I read on these little things just started to spring out at me and just... well, it got to the point where I couldn't overlook them anymore.

The first chapter of this I thought was interesting (actually it may have been a prologue...) - basically the introduction to Silas, it felt different and I was really intrigued. The first chapter was good as well - but then Posy was introduced and she just rubbe
Jordan Hayes
Jan 30, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: e-books
I received an advance reader copy of this book for my unbiased review of this book.

While the synopsis sounded intriguing and piqued my interest, the story itself was not quite as interesting. Once I had started reading, I knew that if I didn't finish the book in one sitting that I wouldn't want to pick up where I left off.

For the first half of the book, I had a hard time following some of the conversations and/or story progression. Some of it was because of the author, whether due to his writing
Feb 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge-2017
A mystery set in Boston in the 1800's ...more
Inishowen Cailín
As soon as I read the blurb for this book I knew I had to read it! I am so glad I did.
Superbly dark, mysterious and suspenseful. I was glued to this book for a full weekend. It is cleverly written and is set up nicely for a whole series.

With kidnappings, murders, beatings etc the author is certainly not afraid to let terrible things happen to his characters but at the same time it allows for some nasty, karma enduced come-uppance for the villains. The darkness in the novel is balanced out with
Oct 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing

A Silas de San Michel Mystery.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I am happy to say I loved it.
The story is set in Boston in 1885. When police methods were very different. 

A badly wounded man is found on board a ship that has just arrived from Japan. He has no memory of who he is or how he was injured. Once he healed,, still without his memories, he is offered a job on the police force. His boss is Belloc,  he investigates murders. The other investigator is a woman called
Anna Bendewald
Jan 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
What a book! I don't know where to start. I love the way DelValle brings this dangerous mystery alive with characters we're rooting for up against villains we're really terrified of.

I've read that a reviewer thought our hero's constant use of the window instead of a door was irritating -- but I personally found it entertaining, "Oh yup, Silas' gone out the window again."

I'm not one for too much violence and these were vicious crimes to be sure - but as long as I wasn't reading The Valentine Cir
Carla Johnson-Hicks
Mar 07, 2015 rated it liked it
* I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. *
This story takes place in Boston just after the Civil War. The beginning of the book leads you to believe it is about kidnappings of boys, but then a man mysteriously is found aboard a cargo ship battered and bruised. The man does not remember who he is or where he is from, but somehow, Inspector Belloc of the Boston police, decide he should work with him to solve the murders and/or assaults of pregnant women. The w
I received a free copy in return for a review.

Overall, this was a well-done mystery. There's actually a couple of mysteries intertwined, so you discover plenty as you go along while also raising new questions. Structure and pacing were well done. The characters were memorable and fully developed. There were a lot of long suspenseful scenes. It is set up for sequels, but it's a complete story on its own, and the setup for more isn't forced. The writing felt professional/experienced most of the ti
Sonya Fuller-Campbell
Aug 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Be My Valentine?

I scarcely know where to begin, actually, which is quite unusual for me in composing a book review. The five star rating was a given on many levels, all of which were rather easy to figure. The fact that I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys this genre goes without saying but I feel this particulate title could easily fall under different headings. I found romance, suspense, drama, humor, psychological thrill, history, mystery, darkness almost mystical, certainly legal
Dec 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a bit longer to read this because of the holidays. I would definitely read this book again, and again. Amazon describes the story as a powerful group called the Valentine Society controls the city's police department, and the people of Boston's last hope for justice lies in the hands of a man who mysteriously washes ashore from a distant foreign land, battered and bruised.

The characters are well written and intriguing and the story was well written. Absolutely enjoyed reading he flash
Steve Teagan
Feb 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Who Am I?

That is the question facing Silas as he wakes up in the Boston harbor without any idea of who he is or how he arrived in town. Becoming a police detective in 1880's provides plenty of situations where Silas starts to get his memory back. He experiences flashbacks and visions that suggest he grew up and trained in feudal Japan as a ninja-like agent for a secret sect.

A series of kidnappings in Boston's finest neighborhoods draws Silas and a colorful cast of supporters into a deadly round
Don't be too perturbed about the length of time it took me to read this one - I was reading it via the Kindle app in my phone whenever I had some time to kill.

The setting is Boston 1885, and a series of murders in the upper echelons of society is the main story line. Running parallel to the murders is the story of one of the investigators, Silas de San Michel, who is found injured with amnesia before being appointed to the fledgling city detective force. The discovery of his strange past is slow
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***Author Note: If you are interested in receiving a free ebook copy of “The Valentine Circle” in exchange for an honest review, please send me a private message or email me at:***

Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, Reinaldo DelValle grew up in the deep south, just outside of Atlanta, GA. He holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a

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