The prize-winning author of Edinburgh Twilight returns to the darkening shadows of nineteenth-century Scotland to track a killer on a profane mission of revenge.
A wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients—a railroad lineman...more
Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton is back and this time he's investigating the suspicious death of a railroad lineman that female physician Sophia Jex-Blake believes to be caused by arsenic poisoning.
It doesn't take long for Hamilton and his partner Sergeant Dickerson to determine that the married victim was known to have had several affairs. They visit the Royal Infirmary to gain insight on poisoning from the well-known medical student Arthur Conan Doyle.
When another poisoning victim i ...more
As they seek answers to his untimely death, which the good doctor believes is due to arsenic ...more
Ever since I've read Edinburgh Twilight, I've been waiting for the next book of the Ian Hamilton Mysteries. That book was everything I love when I need a lift-me-up book: a smart detective, in a historical setting, plus the added bonus of it being in my dreamland, Scotland. Obviously it made me intrigued and reading that first book didn't disappoint.
The second part of the series, Edinburgh Dusk, was really enjoyable and gave me all the warm and fuzzies with how it was written, the hum ...more
Description: A wicked Scottish winter has just begun when pioneering female physician Sophia Jex-Blake calls on Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients—a railroad lineman who she believes succumbed to the horrific effects of arsenic poisoning. The most provocative aspect of the case doesn’t escape Hamilton: the married victim’s numerous sexual transgressions.
Now, for the first time since the unexplained fire that killed his paren ...more
In the past six months or so, I’ve returned Kindle Unlimited books and asked for Kindle refunds after reading several chapters of mystery-suspense books with primary plots featuring graphic descriptions of sex-trafficking, sexual abuse of women, and pedophilia.
A few Goodreads reviewers have mentioned this book’s prologue, but that prologue is restrained when compared to other, more detailed descriptions of a seven-year-old girl being sexually abuse ...more
I got confused with the revelation of the killer, as I didn't recall much of the character in the story when they int ...more
The author, Carole Lawrence, is American but through research and consultation with a Scottish expert, she captures the very essence of Edinburgh and its inhabitants at the time of the setting which is late 19th Century.
It is a wonderful whodunnit detective story with the denouement a fitting and apt end to the tale; I say no more on that to avoid a spoiler.
The character ...more
Another engaging mystery read that kept me guessing. (And really, really wanting to visit Edinburgh again.)
The descriptions of the city in 1880 are very good and the atmosphere is fun. I did question a few things that didn't seem authentic to the time period, but I tried not to let those throw me off. There are also times when th ...more
This was a decent second story BUT I just hate when an author has to have the father molesting a 7 year old and then she becomes a killer. The men actually deserved it but that’s beside the point. If I’d known it was going to be on incestuous molestation I doubt I would have read it. If the mystery writers aren’t writing about killing kids they’re writing about molesting them. I’ve reached my limit with those.
I did like Ian Hamilton and his partner Sergeant Dickerson, as well as Ian’s brother Do ...more
I love Edinburgh so I couldn't help giving the series another try. While I did like this one better (aside from the yucky prologue), I still couldn't quite get a feel for Ian Hamilton.
The Hamlet trope was way overdone.
Favorite character: Conan Doyle is a secondary character that will probab ...more
And I'll tell you why this is the first time ever I've felt I was qualified to rate a book I've never read - Because the summary itself makes no sense.
The first book states that it takes place "As a new century approaches" so this is the beginning of either the 1800s or 1900s. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle studied medicine at the University of Edinburgh Medical School between 1876 and 1881. Which means this bo ...more
Dr Sophia Jex-Blake is convinced that one of her patients has been murdered and asks DI Hamilton to investigate, and it's not long before another body is found in similar circumstances.
This is a dark psychological thriller set in a cold wintery Victorian Edinburgh. At times the author's Americanisms come through which I found a bit off putting, and the Scottish slang still needs work -as I said before, you notice these things when you're a Scot.
I enjoyed the story in this book but it was spoiled by American words like "side walk" and "icebox". I doubt that domestic "iceboxes" we're used, or even needed in wintery Edinburgh in 1880. Especially as the house was lit by gas light !
Also the way the Scottish dialect was written, it came across as more Cockney than East of Scotland !
Maybe being Scottish I noticed these things more but it spoiled my enjoyment of the book to quite a degree.
So...a poisoner is in their midst. People die. Shakespeare is performed. Fitting end for Hamlet occurs.
The end for me.
Kindle Unlimited - can't recommend ...more
It’s 1880 in Edinburgh, Scotland and winter season is just beginning.
Doctor Sophia Jex-Blake comes to the police station and reports to DCI Bobby Crawford and DI Ian Hamilton that she has located a murder victim. He was killed by arsenic poisoning. She had been treating his wife for a pregnancy. The victim’s name was Thomas Carruthers. He was known to have affairs, although it is uncertain if his wife knew.
DI Ian Carmichael Hamilton and his partner Sergeant William Dickerson set out to t ...more
Several characters from the first book, Edinburgh Twilight, walk through these pages, including Hamilton’s brother, Donald (an alcoholic presentl ...more
Edinburgh Dusk is a historical mystery that takes place in 1880. Ian Hamilton is confronted with a horrific poison murder. I haven't read the first novel in the Ian Hamilton Mysteries series, but I was able to follow the story anyway - still, now I want to read the first one, too. The plot is gripping, the characters so vivid, that they seem to have a life on their own, even if I close the book - and the cameo of a certain medic ...more
The characters are well-drawn and fleshed out. I found this well-written story enjoyable and interesting and look forward to the next in the series.
This second in the series is easily read as a standalone story
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I have to say I was a bit disappointed when I was able to identify the killer before the end of the book. But it was still a very good read.
It was an easy read, short chapters, easily identifiable characters with interesting personalities.
For me, the storyline was a little predictable and I soon realised who the murderer was. So although it was entertaining I didn’t feel it held anything new.