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Snifter of Death

(The Bloodstone #2)

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The summer of 1889 was proving to be a strange one for Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner. They had a sexual pervert loose. The man didn't actually harm women but threatened them at knife point, fondling them, and ultimately stealing their stockings. Far more serious were the murders of influential men, which appeared random other than they were all kil ...more
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Published April 8th 2017 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Bobbie
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book. It’s a Victorian mystery, but it’s not a stuffy, boring one. This story is entertaining.. Sniffter of Death takes place In London 1889, Detective Rudyard (Ruddy) Bloodstone and his partner Detective Archie Holdbrook who are trying to capture a mysterious perverted man who put a knife to the neck of his women victims, rubs his face up and down their bare thighs, and then steals their stockings. One of the women victims asks if she can just kick the pervert in the "naughty bit ...more
Ferne
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone that enjoys the connectivity of police partners.
Reading "Snifter of Death" was my first introduction to this author and to the The Bloodstone series. I was captivated almost immediately by the characters within the pages of this historical suspense story set in the time period of 1889. Initially, it seemed as though I was reading two (2) parallel stories by first meeting lady's companion, Graciela Robson, in the midst of bailing out prisoner Newt Addy at the Metropolitan Police – Holborn Station. While waiting for the release of the man Graci ...more
Tam
May 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This second novel in the Bloodstone series was the perfect follow up to the first. Once again, I loved the whole "cloak and dagger", Holmes & Watson, Victorian feel. Rudyard is quirky and forthright and has tons of pluck. And, you clearly don't mess with those that he cares about! This had everything that I personally find appealing and satisfying in a suspense novel. And, the plot was not your predictable mystery formula, especially when there were several different sub plots going on in the fo ...more
Rebecca Austin
May 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
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In London 1889, Detective Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner Detective Archie Holdbrook have their hands full with a musterious man who is putting knives to the necks of women and stealing their stockings and also some murders of influential men in society.

Det Bloodstone must figure out who is committing these crimes and also keep his nemesis at bay while beginning a new relationship with a woman who doesn't run in the same social circles as he does.

Will he be able to figure out all the crimes
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Melinda M
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-book, done
Snifter of Death by Chris Karlsen is the second book in The Bloodstone Series. It is set in Victorian England in the summer of the year 1889. It follows Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner, Archie as they try to find a thief who takes stockings off of woman at knife point, There is the ongoing rivalry between Bloodstone and his detective nemesis from the other police department in London with a most satisfying on the out come during this story. The other major case is involvin ...more
Susan
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Summer 1889 in London and Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone with his partner Archie Holbrook are chasing a sexual pervert when they are called to the first mysterious death of an influential business man.
Although we know who, and why the murders occur this doesn't distract from enjoying the story, and wondering how it all will end. As this was my first book in the series I was left unsure how this would be resolved.
I liked the easy to read writing style, also the characters Bloodstone and H
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Petula
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Rudyard Bloodstone is a detective in the Victorian Metropolitan police and an ex soldier. He is a down to earth type of man, from a large Welsh family. He has little time for the politics of bowing down to the upper classes. He will follow the clues to a crime no matter where they lead.
Graciela is an old lady's companion with a big secret and a mind set on vengeance. Can she carry out her plans in time.
This is an intriguing mystery that shows us just how difficult it was for Victorian police t
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Rachael
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Let me just start off by saying this is a book that was so far out of my genre I wasn’t sure what to expect going in. I have been blogging about romance novels for the past 5 years and have never ventured into something historical that has very dark and suspenseful elements.

In Snifter of Death we enter the Victorian Age and specifically the summer of 1889. This being the 2nd book of the series, we get a very Sherlock & Watson type feel with our main characters, Detective Inspector Rudyard Blood
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Darcia Helle
There's nothing like reading historical fiction to remind me how much better it is to be a woman in the 21st century. At the start of this story we meet Graciela, a single woman from what we'd probably consider a lower middle class family. As we get to know her, we feel her emotional turmoil and see the damage of past trauma. Her options, as a woman, are all too few.

Alternately, we meet Detective Bloodstone and follow along as he investigates crimes involving a man who steals nylon stockings fro
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Michelle Willms
Nov 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Snifter of Death should have been a compelling serial killer mystery. According to the information provided, the murderer had plotted for more than a decade and a half to seek revenge. Instead of focusing on this (to me, very interesting) plot, the book was filled with numerous and divergent subplots pulling the reader away from what should have been the major topic of the book.

I found myself quickly becoming disinterested in the story, and increasingly bored with the ongoing details of the lea
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Cheryl
Oct 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
This may be the second book in this series but I thought it read fine as a stand alone novel. Although, after finishing this book with enjoyment, I do want to go back and read book one. Bloodstone is an interesting character. He is humble, caring, has a good sense of humor, not imitated easily, and intelligent. I say this because he would not take accolades for his Victoria Crown medal (humble), and he was a gentleman towards his love interest, Honeysuckle (caring). When one of his fellow co-wor ...more
Beverly Laude
Aug 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is the summer of 1889 and Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone and his partner are facing several unusual crimes. First of all, there is a sexual pervert loose, terrorizing the women of the city. Then, there are several seemingly random murders of influential men. Someone seems to be enacting a vendetta against these men by poisoning them with arsenic.

Add to this the budding romance between Ruddy and the actress Honeysuckle Flowers and a boxing challenge from his nemesis, Napier, a detectiv
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Debra Guyette
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Snifter of Death is the second of the Bloodstone books. In the summer of 1889, Ruddy and his partner on the trail of a sexual predator. He does not harm the women, he holds them at knife point, fondles them and steals their stockings. He is also on the trail of the killer of prominent men, all poisoned by arsenic. At the same time, he is embroiled in a challenge for a fight with another police department in London.

Chris Karlsen does another excellent job of giving us a realistic and lovable char
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Denise
Oct 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
First time in reading this author but do so like a good suspense set in a time when being a good detective was really using all the six senses you might say. They had a different one so much so that they went after men and women but did different things that were unusual. Bloodstone and his partner had themselves a puzzler that is for sure. The competition in this also is different with it being another police department which still probably happens. You do have romance in this one so much so th ...more
Jessica Mitchell
Oct 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Book 2 of the Bloodstone series. Geez I feel like I'm reading these backwards.. but no matter. It doesn't take away the fact that this series seems to get better and better with every chapter. Even with knowing whose doing the dirty deed. The thrill of the chase is what makes these books great to read and the funny sarcastic bouts Bloodstone and his brother get into... alone with some other peelers.
There's a mysterious murder going on again and Bloodstone is on the trail or will be once he hopef
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Isis Ray-sisco
I enjoyed reading this book. It was good. I have read one other book by this author and I enjoyed it too. I think I will continue to read this author. I could totally understand the “villain” in this book. I could identify with her anger. I think this book is worth reading and would recommend it to others that enjoy this genre. The author did a good job at setting the story up and it had a good balance throughout the pages of the book. It kept me turning them late into the night.
Christine Woinich
This was the second in the series, and I really enjoyed it. Learning more about Bloodstone and his family, his friendship and partnership with Archie, the "undercover sting" in this story (funny), and more made this a good story. I love the historical aspect of the world, and I will be keeping up with this series. I recommend the book and the series.

I received a copy of this story through CBR Services, and this is my unsolicited review.
Kaila
Jun 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
im not a huge fan of this genre but this story did capture me and kept me interested.. it was well written and i liked the characters and storyline. has crime.. has thriller aspects.. has imagination.. so many fun things.. i enjoyed it
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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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