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(The Bloodstone #1)

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It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next. The Palace, Parliament, and the press are demanding the police do more to find him.

In another part of London, rough-around-the-edges war hero, Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone has his ow
Kindle Edition, 301 pages
Published December 14th 2014 by Books to Go Now
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Nikita (NjKinny's World of Books & Stuff)
Mar 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All mystery and historical fiction lovers

Silk by Chris Karlsen is the first book by the author that I have read. This book is a serial killer, murder mystery set in Jack the Ripper's era of havoc in England. Where one side Jack the Ripper is keeping the people of England edgy, on the other side there is another vicious serial killer leaving a trail of dead bodies.

I love mysteries and when I heard about this book, I was intrigued. The beautiful cover again charmed me and I knew that I had to read
M.R. Graham
I was able to finish this, but I didn't really want to.
Silk contains the kernel of a deep, engaging idea, but it was poorly executed and reads like an unedited first draft.
Firstly, I did not read a single page that didn't contain some kind of error. They were primarily punctuation errors: commas in the wrong place, missing commas, missing quotation marks, comma splices, run-on sentences, unnecessary ellipses, etc. I also noticed an incredible number of usage errors, such as "indignity" when "ind
Terri M.
I love Victorian London—the gritty dirty underbelly where Jack the Ripper still stalks the alleys looking for his next victim. The London where the fog wraps around you and from the corner of your eye you swear you saw a man in a deerstalker hat round the corner ahead of you. This is the London, Chris Karlsen takes readers in Silk.

Silk wastes no time jumping in to the action. Within the first 20 pages of the novel, which I read while eating lunch, there is a murder which is quite graphic and the
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a fun mystery! Set in the times of Jack the Ripper (or just before), you are involved in the twists and turns of the case as you follow along with William (a well to do, but not very nice gentleman) and Ruddy Bloodstone - a copper.

As you follow the two story lines, you can get the POV of both the public and those who see the murders and wonder what's going on and the POV of someone who's searching for something and making awful choices along the way.

This was great from the first chapter on
Mar 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I read a lot of different kinds of books. So when I read the book description of ‘Silk’ I was really fascinated by this story. I love detectives and books with a lot of mystery so ‘Silk’ sounded like a perfect read. When I learned that I was a part of the blog tour, I was really excited and couldn’t wait to start reading.

In ‘Silk’ we visit Victorian London, the time of Jack the Ripper and a place with a lot of mystery. Many people are busy with finding Jack the Ripper and speculating about who
Apr 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I thought although you were given the murder right upfront in the beginning that it would take away from the book but that was not the case at all
you get into the mind of the killers and as dark and twisted as It may seem it's actually quite fascinating.
Then Dectective Rudstone is brought in and we find he's no Sherlock Holmes but he's very close with his picking up on clues.
I'm not going to give you the . ending of the story here I'm just going to tell you it's a fascinating read and you can
Talk Supe
Mar 16, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015
Great setting, very gritty. I also love the contrasting POV between the coppers and the antagonist. I wish there was more tension though, to make up for the lack of mystery as the villain is revealed early on in the story.
Lori {Romancing the Dark Side}
I'm a fan of novels set in Victorian England so I was instantly drawn to SILK's story line and setting...who can say no to a murder mystery and the notorious Jack the Ripper?! Definitely not me... It didn't hurt that the book has a lovely cover (yes I'm a cover hussy). It looks a bit romantic, yet gothic, which is exactly what you get from Chris Karlsen's writing. But don't be fooled, while there are some romantic elements weaved into the story, it's a mystery at heart.

SILK is a gritty and dark
Dec 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
I think it’s safe to say that Silk by Chris Karlsen is a bit of a departure from my normal read, but if you know me you know I’m a very eclectic reader. I’m also drawn to the Victorian time period. The thing that is different about this book is that it’s quite dark and we actually get quite a lot from the perspective of the killer. So while there’s a mystery, that aspect of it is not a mystery. However, there’s another killer as well who we do not know who it is until the end. But getting the pe ...more
Leone (She Reads too Much Romance)
For the longest time I have been on the lookout for both a novel and an author that was unlike what I am so accustom to reading. Well, having finished Silk and therefore introduced to Karlsen I believe my search has ended and on such a good note.
-This review was submitted to all rightful parties PRIOR to posting it to GoodReads.

This book was an exceptional read that took myself along the journey of the mind of a serial killer and is an interesting trait to uncover in a book. For the first time i
Apr 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Inishowen Cailín
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A murder mystery set in London during the late 1880s. At the same time as Jack the Ripper is haunting Whitechapel, another serial killer is on the loose in a different part of London.

When murder victims are discovered in the grounds surrounding the National British Museum, the task of solving these murders falls on Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone. He suspects, however, that there may actually be two different killers operating in his jurisdiction and so sets about to prove his theory. Thi
Maranda  @ Melange of Reviews
2/5 stars
You can find all my reviews here
*Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book on Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*

So I read “It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next.” And I didn’t read past that as far as the synopsis goes. I was so excited to read about the ripper murders that I was severely disappointed when I realized that wasn’t what this was at all
Jackie Zortman
May 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Normally, I would not be attracted to a Victorian novel, but the gorgeous cover on "Silk" grabbed my eye on a blog I was following. I got acquainted with Chris via something I posted and was rewarded with a complimentary copy. She got my attention with the very first paragraph, which in my opinion, is a great "hook". Ditto for the entire first chapter where you'll meet the affluent and egotistic Viscount William Everhard, a main character.

As I read the second chapter and got introduced to her pr
Kimber Wheaton
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review

I am always on board for an interesting villain, especially if I get to experience the villain's POV. The first chapter was intriguing, told from William's POV about the murder and disposal of his mistress. It was so well-written and was a great intro to this Victorian mystery thriller.

The Victorian era is one of my favorites, especially novels set in England. I loved the scenes written from the killer's perspective-- they wer
Jan 08, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, suspense
SILK will keep readers guessing - and gasping - right up to a satisfying ending.

With little effort, he rolled his late lover off the edge of the cliff and watched, grimacing, when her dainty body bounced off a rocky outcropping. True, he planned on packing her back to France, or to another of his associates. And true, he didn't see her death as a great loss, but he wouldn't have wished her bashed on the rocks, even in death. However, this was the most expedient way to rid himself of an inconven
Nancy Silk
Jun 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
"A Historical British Detective Murder Mystery"

This is a classically written detective/suspense story. The characters are well defined and the scenario of London in the late 1880s is easily envisioned. This story takes place during the time of Jack the Ripper in London, and times were tense with all of London wondering who Jack will kill next. The novel first introduces you to William Everhard, a well respected viscount in Cornwell. He is not married, but satisfies his life with mistresses who a
Ceri Elin Anwen
Apr 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

In spite of several depictions of murder, for some reason I found this to be quite a gentle and genteel read – perhaps because Ruddy’s character is so unassuming. He is likeable and ‘nice’ in an English gentleman kind of way.

There were times when I was reading this, especially during the Ruddy parts, that I forgot the novel is set in Victorian England. The police force and Ruddy himself have more of a contemporary fee
Jan 06, 2015 rated it really liked it
Karlsen does some very interesting and fine things with Silk. First, we really get to know Bloodstone as a person, not just a detective. His personal life is a major part of the book, and while it does not further the plot, it is needed to make him a well-rounded and thoroughly likeable character. Karlsen also, as some mystery and thriller writers do, gives us a look at the killer as he descends on his path to madness. However, she only shows us one killer, still leaving plenty of mystery to kee ...more
Oozing with sexual tension that only the Victorian era can inspire, this is a mystery about multiple murders. From mistresses to garment workers, someone is strangling women.

Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone, a veteran of the Zulu wars and Victoria Cross recipient is determined to track down the murderer. This is a truly honorable hero with just the right touch of charisma to be very likeable. Everhard, who really isn't, is an excellent villain.

Great characters and plot - I'm looking forwar
Apr 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in return for a review. I love historical novels, especially English ones. I really thought the author of this book was English until I read the word "critters." Although written about London in the time of Jack the Ripper, the story really had little to do with him but it was no less riveting because of that.The twisted thoughts of the killer were described beautifully. The second murderer was an enjoyable mystery. The characters and social lives of the two lead detectives ...more
Gena Robertson
Jan 08, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This newest novel just assured me that I am an avid fan of Ms. Karlsen! I was pretty sure of it before, but I know so now :)
She's taken off in a new direction with this series, and I was full of giddy goosebumps while I took the journey. Be certain that you are paying attention. This one is a delight from start to finish!
Jun 19, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
Received from Netgalley for honest review.

I really enjoyed this tale set in Victorian London, and had me really enjoying how it came to an end.

The story was really enjoyable and absorbing with all characters really good.

I am hoping for more in this series as I will read more
Beth Younge
'Silk' by Chris Karlsen is a quick paced, fun, thrilling and addictive read. I've been reading it for less than a day and can not put it down. I need a physical copy of this book as it covers two of my favourite genres: history and crime. Well done on such a fantastic novel.
Dec 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
This book had some twists and turns in it I didn't see coming. I really enjoyed Rudyard and what a stand up guy he is. It was sooo interesting and I loved the mystery. I didn't see a couple of things happening, but I am so glad that things turned out the way they did.
Mar 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
Great period mystery with intelligent and interesting characters. More to review to come soon at
A Reader's Heaven
(I received a free copy of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.)

It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next. The Palace, Parliament, and the press are demanding the police do more to find him.
In another part of London, rough-around-the-edges war hero, Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone has his own serial killer to find. Inter departm
Wulf Krueger
This is yet another win from Early Reviewers. Unfortunately, it's a completely forgettable book. I've read "Silk" some time ago and waited to write this review for a while to see what I would actually remember and how I would feel about it.

The story is pretty much standard murder mystery: Killer kills woman, police tries to find him with the limited means of the time, police catches murders.

In between, there's a bored guy from the landed gentry who tries to achieve eternal youth by acquiring
Eustacia Tan
May 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
3.5 Stars, rounding up to 4

I was offered the chance to read Silk, and I took it mainly because of the blurb. I love a good mystery, especially if it involves Jack the Ripper. Unfortunately, I found that most of the book didn't actually concern Jack the Ripper. On the bright side, we are introduced to another, extremely interesting, serial killer.

Silk is basically told through two points of view: Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone (the hero) and the villain, from where the title
Diantha Jones

Silk was a book with a promising premise and solid characters, but it wasn't exactly executed in a way that best suited the story. I loved the dual POV between the detective and the serial killer, but there were a lot of unnecessary events that transpired, therefore, drawing the story out longer than it should have been.

Rudyard Bloodstone (cool name) was an interesting character to follow and he made me laugh quite a few times with his inner commentary. Willi
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Chris was born and raised in Chicago. Her father was a history professor and her mother was, and is, a voracious reader. She grew up with a love of history and books. Her parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto her. She wanted to see the places she read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated her. She’s had the good fortune to travel extensively thro ...more

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“I wish you'd let my missus introduce you to one of her available lady friends."
"Absolutely not. I appreciate the thought, but no. I'm not lonely or starved for feminine companionship."
"What if I guarantee Margaret won't pester you with matchmaker questions?"
"You cannot guarantee such a thing. She will pester me. It is a woman's nature.”
“With little effort, he rolled his late lover off the edge of the cliff and watched, grimacing, when her dainty body bounced off a rocky outcropping. True, he planned on packing her back to France, or to another of his associates. And true, he didn't see her death as a great loss, but he wouldn't have wished her bashed on the rocks, even in death. However, this was the most expedient way to rid himself of an inconveniently dead mistress.” 1 likes
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