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Edinburgh Dusk

(Ian Hamilton Mysteries #2)

4.30  ·  Rating details ·  1,016 ratings  ·  90 reviews
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 who
Paperback, 398 pages
Published September 18th 2018 by Thomas & Mercer
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Aug 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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*4.5 stars*

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
Thomas & Mercer

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 p
Literary Soirée
“Edinburgh Dusk: Ian Hamilton Mysteries, Book 2” by Carole Lawrence brings us back to the author’s atmospheric setting of nineteenth-century Scotland, in an addictive read that teams physician Sophia Jex-Blake with Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the suspicious death of one of her patients, a railroad lineman. Significantly, the man had many sexual transgressions although he was married.

As they seek answers to his untimely death, which the good doctor believes is due to arsenic
Stephen Bentley
Sep 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A new author for me and I was delighted with this book. It is #2 in a series but I had no issues with it as a standalone novel.
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
Jane Cairns
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Edinburgh Dusk is the second installment in a mystery series by Carole Lawrence. Set in 1880, Ian Hamilton, a Shakespeare-quoting Detective Inspector, and his associate, Sergeant Dickerson, are drawn into a poisoning case when Dr. Sophia Jex-Blake reports the death of the first victim, the husband of a client who gets help at her clinic for poor women. More victims follow, including a banker visiting Margaret, a prostitute at Fair Kate’s. The investigation leads Hamilton and Dickerson through br ...more
Oct 13, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Distastefully Graphic Descriptions of Pedophilia

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
Aug 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 stars

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
Jan McClintock
This is the second in series of detective novels set in Victorian Edinburgh, Scotland. Ian Hamilton is a likable main character, and the entertaining supporting cast includes people from vastly different levels of society, including some real-life personalities in this case.

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
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Edinburgh Dusk is also a second in a series by Carole Lawrence. After a perfectly ugh prologue, the book improved. It is better than the first book in the series, although I didn't review the first book here.

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
I received an ARC via NetGalley, thank you! All opinions are my own.

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
Sep 06, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In Edinburgh Dr. Sophia Jex-Blake wants Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton to investigate the death of the husband of one of her patients. During the case he meets Dr Bell and Conan Doyle whos knowledge of medical matters helps his case. But then another victim is discovered.
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
A NetGalley Book
mary crawford
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Spoiled by Americanisms

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.
Trish R.

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
I enjoyed this book and the evocative setting but there were a couple of things that made me decide to lower my rating by a star. First, and most annoying, was the new woman/love interest. Using the trope of irritating, officious behavior and dialogue as a prelude to romance was so offputting that I plan to carefully read the reviews of the next book in this series (if there is one) before I buy it. I also thought the constant quoting of Shakespeare to be unnecessary. Memorization skills do not ...more
Simply put, it did not live up to the last book.
Aug 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a late addition to my NetGalley TBR pile. It's the second in a series which is set in 1880s Edinburgh and involves Detective Inspector Ian Hamilton and the first I've read.

I'm rather enjoying historical mysteries at the moment and this fit the bill nicely. The relationship between Hamilton and Dickerson is a bit Holmes/Watson-like (although I'm not sure if the author was going for this). We meet the young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle, who strikes up a friendship with Hamilton dur
Taylor Holt
3.5 stars.
Having enjoyed the world and the characters that Carole Lawrence created in the first novel, I was looking forward to delving back in. In EDINBURGH DUSK we return to Ian Hamilton's beat as detective to Scotland's rugged underbelly. A series of poisoning deaths leads to Hamilton working deeper in Edinburgh's medical community, and pairs him with young medical student, Arthur Conan Doyle. They must solve these crimes, before he (or she?) strikes again.
After reading ARTHUR & GEORGE,
Rini Elizabeth Varghese
Edinburgh dusk is a second series of Ian Hamilton series, about the darkening shadows of nineteenth century in Scotland. I received an ARC via Netgalley. Thankyou @netgalley for this copy and this review, all opinions are my own..
I haven't read the first series though I was able to follow the story very easily. The novel is based on a series of poisoning, investigating by DI Ian Hamilton and his partner Sergeant William Dickerson. As Ian being an admirer of Shakespeare's plays, he felt like the
Nancy M Aleksey
Oct 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Edinburgh Dusk

This is the second book in what I am hoping will be a longer series. Ian Hamilton is a character with real emotional problems and personality flaws. He's grown since the first book but not by much. Which is good because people don't change overnight. Even when he's exasperating you still like him. He's like that friend who drives you crazy but you have their back no matter what. The real life characters of Dr. Bell and Conan Doyle felt true to what I knew of the real people. It was
Dana Linde
Nov 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love these mysteries...this one had the added bonus of introducing Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle as an additional character! Once again. Hamilton is on the case attempting to discover who is responsible for a several poisonings. The fun of this story is that the investigation is juxtaposed with a performance of Hamlet. I also liked how this book delved further into Hamilton's family difficulties with Donald, suggests a mystery surrounding his parents' deaths, and introduces a possible love interest for ...more
Sep 29, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't read this book so your logical question is "why is she writing a review of it then?"

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
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am still enthralled by this author. Her tales delve a little deeper into her characters psyches than most. Detective Hamilton says we may never know why a person behaves the way they do, and why sometimes they are lead to murder and violence-in this case by a member of the "fairer sex". But throughout the story, Lawrence unfolds her characters' experiences, backgrounds and inner thoughts. We know what lead up to this murderer's actions, but Hamilton never does. But he has his own demons, which ...more
T.C. Wescott
Oct 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was fortunate enough to win a Kindle edition of this book in a Goodreads giveaway. And I am glad I did. The writing is quaint yet powerful, evocative, and character-oriented in a way you don't often see with historical police procedurals. The historical details are not always accurate but if one suspends disbelief (as one should when reading fiction) then it's not an issue. What matters is the wonderful characters that populate the book, the sense of environment the author conjures in our mind ...more
Ankita J
Dec 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I really like the Ian Hamilton Mysteries series. DI Hamilton and the other set character are nicely being developed over the course of the series. It makes the story a great mix of a character based and a plot based novel.

The rest of the cast of characters in Edinburgh Dusk give a great atmosphere to the book and helps create the setting of the novel. This one includes historical figures Arthur Conan Doyle & Dr. Sophia Jex-Blake. This added element was a nice touch to the story and combined
Kathleen Gray
Sep 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Poisonings, prostitutes, and physicians in 1880s Edinburgh! Ian Hamilton is a wonderful protagonist. He's smart but he's also smart enough to know when he needs help, which is how we meet Arthur Conan Doyle. The cast of characters in this is terrific= sometimes it's only a cameo but you'll remember Aunt Lillian, William Dickerson, Kate, Derek, and the others. Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC. For fans of historical mysteries, this one has some twisty turns. It's well written and entertaining.
Denise Pursifull
This is an amazing book and series! I am hoping for more to come! And what a wonderful character surprise that popped up!! I won't spoil the surprise, but it was fabulous! you can almost smell and taste the scenes being built and I had a couple of late nights where I could not stop reading! The characters are so realistic with tenderness, grief, comedy (although just a touch here and there)and of course flaws to make them oh so human! This is my new favorite series and it will be yours too! Just ...more
Carmel Lepore
Fun read but falls short.

I read this book immediately after the first book. In the first book Ian ends up in the hospital after catching the suspect. In this book Ian goes to the hospital as his first time since the fire. The two stories don’t align, and this book felt as an entirely different story as the last. No mention of previous murder investigation, or anything from the first book. It bothered me a bit because it didn’t feel like a series. And I felt the end was a bit rushed. All in all
Aaron Ulrich
Sep 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic read. A real gem.

I must say I was thoroughly entertained. Carole Lawrence has kicked into a formula of writing that hooks the reader from page 1 to the very end. I don't even mind the Shakespeare quotations. I read books for two purposes in mind. First I love to be entertained, and second I'm always open to learn something new. Carole Lawrence fulfilled both of these requirements.
Thank you for taking me on a continued adventure through the streets of Edinburgh. I look forward re
Sep 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very well written period mystery. I noticed that the characters evolved into much more nuanced and complex characters in this second book. That, for me, was the most enjoyable aspect of this book. The plot was quite strong and I felt the flashbacks of the villain that showed how and why he/she had developed as he/she did was a very effective way of creating a slight affinity for he/she, after all no one wants a comic book villain.
One of my best reads of 2018; highly recommended.
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