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The Coven

(Beatrice Scarlet #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  196 ratings  ·  38 reviews

They say the girls were witches. But Beatrice Scarlet, the apothecary's daughter, is sure they were innocent victims...

London, 1758:

Beatrice Scarlet, the apothecary's daughter, has found a position at St Mary Magdalene's Refuge for fallen women. She enjoys the work and soon forms a close bond with her charges.

The refuge is supported by a wealthy tobacco merchant, who re

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Kindle Edition, 368 pages
Published October 5th 2017 by Head of Zeus
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Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
EXCERPT: 'Some of these girls are veritable savages when we first take them in. They are used to drinking gin and smoking and their everyday language would make Satan shrivel. They have been used by men ever since they can remember, sometimes by their own fathers and brothers, so they think nothing of virtue or virginity. In some cases, their own mothers have sold their maidenheads to the highest bidder to make ends meet.....A fair number learn to be thankful, I'll grant you. But some regard us ...more
Mandy
Aug 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
This is the second book in the Beatrice Scarlet series. I read and enjoyed the first one very much, and this book was just as good.
Beatrice has returned to London, and is living and working at a home for prostitutes that have been rescued by the church. Beatrice is soon drawn onto another mystery when seven of the girls go missing, after being sent to work in a tobacco factory owned by a benefactor of the home.
Be warned, this a very dark story. There are episodes of rape, abuse, animal cruelty a
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Claire Wilson
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
The Coven by Graham Masterton is the second in the Beatrice Scarlett series. I enjoyed reading this novel and would have scored it higher had it not had so many rape scenes. However, as with the first, the book contains great characters, description and use of words. When Widow Scarlet is offered a new start in London following the death of her husband 2 years earlier, she jumps at the chance, although reluctant due to her son recently going missing. Captivating, but less rape next time please. ...more
Albert
May 12, 2018 rated it liked it
The Coven, book #2 in the Beatrice Scarlet series by Graham Masterton sees our herione return to England after the events in the New World that resulted in her rape and death of her husband. Her first born child is captured by a tribe of Indians and kidnapped and now Beatrice must return to England with her youngest child (who may or may not have resulted from her rape) without a husband or a son.

"...I know you're frightened, Beatrice,' she said. 'And I also understand how much you're grieving,
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Shirley Revill
I listened to the audiobook version of this book and I was very impressed.
The narration was absolutely superb and the storyline had me listening to the end.
This is the first time I have listened to anything by this author and it will not be the last.
Recommended.
Lainy
May 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Time taken to read - 2 days

Pages - 368

Publisher - Head of Zeus

Source - The Works

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They say the girls were witches. But Beatrice Scarlet, the apothecary's daughter, is sure they were innocent victims...

London, 1758:

Beatrice Scarlet, the apothecary's daughter, has found a position at St Mary Magdalene's Refuge for fallen women. She enjoys the work and soon forms a close bond with her charges.

The refuge is supported by a wealthy tobacco merchant, who regularly offers the girls
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Jo
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Apothecary Beatrice Scarlet moves to London with her young daughter Florence after her son Noah is stolen by Native Americans. She begins work in a refuge for fallen women whose main benefactor takes on the girls in his factory. Supposedly. The more Beatrice learns, the more she worries something bad is happening to the girls. This got pretty horrific in parts, especially some of the descriptions. I like Beatrice though and I liked how Masterton ended this story setting our heroine up for her ne ...more
Annette Gisby
I have read quite a few Graham Masterton books in my time, mostly the horror titles and a few of his detective series set in Ireland. This was the first time I have read any historicals by this author and I was glad I took a chance on it.

This is the second Beatrice Scarlet book, but even if you haven't read the first one, this one is easy to follow and things that happened in the past were referenced in the back story so you don't get too lost.

Beatrice has to return to London after the death of
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Joe Geesin
Sep 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book follows on from the first one nicely, and is well written. Some of the scenes are quite graphic and work well in the context of the book. The pace is good, although a little slow / detailed at a couple of points.

I think reading the first book first is very beneficial as it does help set the scene, the period language, pace.

The church vs science angle is a debate that rages to this day.

I would defini
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Devon
Feb 15, 2018 rated it liked it
The ending didn’t live up to the rest of the book in my opinion. Noah is conveniently found and brought home just as Beatrice has solved the mystery of the girls disappearances. I was entertained by the story, but definitely not a favorite book of mine.
Dannielle Potts
Nov 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
Graham Masterton Has Done It Again! I Loved The First Instalment In The Beatrice Scarlet Saga & “The Coven” Didn’t Disappoint Either. Beatrice Is A Fantastic Character, With So Many Dimensions That I Just Love Finding Out Where Her Life Will Take Her. This Book Was Just As Dark As The First, If Not Darker & Definitely Wouldn’t Appeal To Everyone. There Were Times I Wanted To Put This Book Down At The Dark Points But There Was An Urge To Find Out How The Situations Would Be Handled. I Hop ...more
Lynsey Spedding
This book wasn't what I was expecting. From the title, cover and synopsis I was expecting witches and witchcraft however this just didn't happen and I found it rather misleading. It was a good story, quite graphic at times and I'm sure people will like it however I just didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped.
Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for my advance copy in return for an honest review.
K.S. Marsden
Sep 06, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
Widow Scarlet has lost her husband, and her son, and now she must uproot from the New World and return to London. She finds a new purpose with a charity that supports fallen women, but soon there are rumours of witchcraft and devil worship amongst the girls.

I received a free copy from Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.

I nearly DNFed this. The first 70 pages were really hard to get through, for me.
You have a widow, who has been living with her children, and no outside help since her hus
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Sarah1983
Sep 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

Not the first Graham Masterton book I've read, I was a big fan of his horror when I was younger. This one wasn't a disappointment either for all it's a completely different genre. Will definitely look out for more of the same.

I liked the main character, Beatrice, for the most part. Although why you'd sit and have a cup of tea when you feel you're in terrible danger I don't know. I know we Brits supposedly think a cup of tea will fix everything bu
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Michelle Ryles
I had read the first Beatrice Scarlet book, Scarlet Widow, and rather enjoyed it so I didn't hesitate to accept a copy of the sequel, The Coven. It sounded dark and scary but it turned out to be dark in a way I didn't expect and didn't enjoy, so I found myself getting more and more disappointed as I read on. I almost didn't finish it, but for the fact that I wanted to find out what had happened to one of the characters.

After her son, Noah, is abducted by Indians, Beatrice leaves America and retu
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Mitch
Sep 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Thank you net galley and Head of Zeus for allowing me to read this book early as I am a huge Graham Masterton fan, although I'm not sure about the widow scarlet series, the story is set in 1758 two years after the first book (which would be helpful to read but not totally necessary), and it follows on from her leaving America and returning to London to work in a home for ex prostitutes where she is expected to teach the girls how to turn their backs on their previous life, but then seven girls g ...more
Cláudia
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Thank you to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book.

When I first saw this cover I was sold, it has that mysterious creepy vibe, and it seemed like something I’d enjoy, then I read the synopsis and said “sign me in”. I don’t know where it fell down hill for me.

I was hoping for some witchcraft that did not happen, for the blurb or even the name, because when I first heard “The Coven” I immediately thought of witches, so
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Sarah
Aug 29, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was hard to decide whether to give this book three or four stars. On the one hand the writing is really good and I really wanted to know how the story would hand, on the other hand I could knew all the plot twists before they happened and the protagonist acted somewhat odd at times. (view spoiler) ...more
Freda
Oct 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant follow up to the Scarlet Widow Beatrice Scarlet. Beatrice (the daughter of an apothecary) moved to the colonies (America), 3 years after her husband died and her son goes missing she is asked to leave and taking her daughter they go back to London to work in a refuge for fallen women. She gets caught up in a mystery of 7 missing girls who had been picked to work in a tobacco factory belonging the the benefactor of the refuge She was told that the women they were witches and the devil h ...more
Ephemera Pie
May 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Not as good as the first, but it still has the same steady heroine kicking butt and taking names. Historical fiction, horror. Lots more of:

Everyone: Whoa! Look at that, the work of Satan.
Beatrice: It's unlikely because [reasonable explaination].
Everyone: Yes, like we said, totally Satan!

London was a cesspool of abusing women on many fronts, so if you have a problem reading about/listening to prostitution, violence against women, virginity value, and sexual assault, skip this.
About the end: (v
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Kristine
Oct 31, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
The Coven by Graham Masterton is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in early October.

The widow Beatrice Scarlet goes through the loss of her son, Noah, in the U.S. colonies, yet, after a search party is sent after him, her and her young daughter head to England. They both are introduced around and come upon a group of prostitutes who are reformed to work at a tobacco factory. While Scooby Doo'ing the area and investigating the disappearance of some of the factory's employees, Beatrice happens up
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Dawn
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Dark

This was a brutal and dark novel; I really liked it. The author told it well, but I have a couple of complaints. The daughter is supposed to be 18 months old, but talks like she's at least 6 or 7. She had long, complicated and well-thought out complete sentences, sometimes with logical reasoning. The other complaint is about the editing. There were too many things not caught. The story was expertly told, so I could make my mind get around it, but it was enough to be distracting.

Even so, I t
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Balthazar Lawson
Dec 27, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Still trying to get over the death of her husband, Beatrice Scarlet suffers another lose and moves back to London to take up work in a home for fallen girls. She quickly fits into helping poor unfortunate girls of 18th century London better themselves and not need to be the prostitutes they once were. Things seem to good to be true and they aren't. Evil things are happening and she soon finds herself confronting the devil, or at least a man dressed as Satan. She has to fight for her life and tha ...more
Karina
Nov 13, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
1785,London.Beatrice Scarlet,a widow,works in a refuge for"fallen"women. But then some of these young girls(who, after a rehabilitation period,are sent out to factories) disappear. Although the title implies witches and witchcraft(so does the cover by the way),this is more of a mystery story with some dark/ horror undercurrents. But after a rather slow start it is definitely a thrilling read and mostly well written.This also happens to be the second book in this new series.
Only comment,perhaps
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Cathy Beyers
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Be warned: this is not for the faint hearted! I liked the first book and was pleased to receive an advance copy of the next installment. It didn't disappoint. The plot sucks you in from the very beginning, though it is not what you may think it's about. The "coven" from the title is nothing but a ploy to distract Beatrice's attention away from what is really going on. The book is rich in authentic period detail and gives the reader a taste of what the life of poor Londoners would have been like ...more
Eileen Hall
Oct 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been a great fan of Graham Masterton for a long time.
His novels are dark and they really draw you in to the last page.
The character of Beatrice Scarlet is strong and determined.
Plus it is set in the dark times of the persecution and execution of women who were no more than amateur herbalists most of the time.
A great beginning to a fascinating series and I hope to read more.
Very highly recommended.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Head of Zeus via Netgalley in return
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Mark Smith-briggs
Oct 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I usually like Masterton's books but this one just didn't work for me. The period setting and the language felt quite forced and wooden, making it a tough one to connect with. Fans of the Beatrice Scarlet series may find something more here but if you're looking to see what Masterton is capable of try one of his other novels instead.
Peastatgeria
Dec 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book was just as wonderful as the first book in this spectacular series. I hope that Graham Masterton continues writing more books in the amazing series. It is one of the best books that I have read for 2017. I was mesmerized by the story line and the character.
A Brilliant series and a very talented writer!
Jo Marchant
Apr 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book as I loved the first one, this is centered back in London and the settings and the language, characters and level of detail is so great this book draws you in, grips you until you realise you are just a page away from the end. Definitely a good read.
Baz
Aug 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It was an easy read & I quite liked it but it didn't fulfill my expectation from the title.
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Graham Masterton was born in Edinburgh in 1946. His grandfather was Thomas Thorne Baker, the eminent scientist who invented DayGlo and was the first man to transmit news photographs by wireless. After training as a newspaper reporter, Graham went on to edit the new British men's magazine Mayfair, where he encouraged William Burroughs to develop a series of scientific and philosophical articles whi ...more

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