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Grave Expectations

(A Dickens of a Crime #2)

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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  46 ratings  ·  37 reviews
In this clever reimagining of Charles Dickens's life, he and fiance Kate Hogarth must solve the murder of a spinster wearing a wedding gown...

London, June 1835: In the interest of being a good neighbor, Charles checks in on Miss Haverstock, the elderly spinster who resides in the flat above his. But as the young journalist and his fiance Kate ascend the stairs, they are as
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published July 30th 2019 by Kensington Publishing Corporation
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Maja  - BibliophiliaDK ✨
WHAT IF CHARLES DICKENS GOT HIS INSPIRATION FROM BEING AN AMATEUR DETECTIVE?

Actual rating: 3.5 ⭐

Well, the idea certainly is original. And entertaining. It's light, despite its dark subject matter (the murder of an elderly lady). And it's filled with likable characters. Still, rating this was difficult and I went back and forth between 3 and 4 ⭐ a bunch of times...

Full disclosure! I did not know that this was the second in a series when I started this book, but I won't let that influence my opini
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Dianne Freeman
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This second installment in the A Dickens of a Crime series is a complex and highly satisfying mystery. Redmond weaves Dickensian themes—wealth and poverty, love and rejection—seamlessly throughout the story while evoking a Victorian era that feels immediate and alive. Fans of Anne Perry will love this one.
Kate Baxter
Aug 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars
What a charming and most enjoyable historical fiction cozy mystery. This is author Heather Redmond's second installment in the, "A Dickens of a Crime" series. Although this reader had not read the first in series (A Tale of Two Murders), they found the second book stands alone easily and does not rely on the first book's character development to carry it. There were a few references to action which occurred within the previous installment but not enough to derail the progressio
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Lisa Mancini
Mar 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved the idea behind this story. I look forward to the next book by this promising writer. A great read.
Jantine
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As a fan of Charles Dickens' work, I am clearly drawn towards books that are based on his life and/or works. In this case, rightly so.

'Grave Expectations' is basically a nice whodunnit, with the details worked out into perfection. I was surprised about the culprit in the end, and suspected/mistrusted someone else who clearly did have nothing to do with the murder of miss Haverstock.

Another thing I liked about this book, is all those small details that made clear that Heather Redmond is a Dickens
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Rachel F
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grave Expectations by Heather Redmond is the second installment in the A Dickens of a Crime series.

This is a fantastic Victorian era murder/mystery involving the a fictionalization of the real life Charles Dickens.
I love the detail and the intricacies of the character niches that were developed in this novel. I love the interplay and the chemistry that the characters evoked. The author has a talent in creating rich, multi-layered characters with quick wit and banter.

The author did a fabulous jo
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Nicki
I enjoyed this audiobook. It’s a historical crime novel imagining Charles Dickens trying to solve the murder of his neighbour Miss Haverstock. I enjoyed the similar plot and names from Dickens own classic book Great Expectations, of Miss Haverstock ( Miss Haversham) Miss Jaggers (Estella) escaped convicts and a smithy.

In this series Charles Dickens isn’t a famous author yet, but a working journalist for The Chronicle which is owned by his fiance’s father. Even though it’s the second book in the
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Coralee Hicks
Jul 23, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: historical
For many, Charles Dickens is known for writing the iconic holiday tale "A Christmas Carol" period. Older readers may remember studying one of his classics in English Literature class. as he is considered one of the foremost authors of the 19th Century. I find 19th Century literature cumbersome, but Redmond had me at the title's pun, Grave expectations.
Redmond gifts of deep research and the development of a plausible plot, made it very acceptable for Dickens to be a solver of mysteries.

It is 18
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Jacinda Literature Babe
Thank you to NetGalley, Kensington Books and Ms. Heather Redmond for the opportunity to read this Advanced Readers Copy of "Grave Expectations, A Dickens of a Crime Mystery Series".

A fun summer read that features Mr. Charles Dickens and his fiancee Kate as murder mystery sleuths!

This is the second book in the series by Heather Redmond where Charles Dickens and his friends solve crimes in Ye Olde Merry England

Keeping a true voice to the times, the setting is very much Dickensian as is the solvi
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Rachel F
Jun 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Grave Expectations by Heather Redmond is the second installment in the A Dickens of a Crime series.

This is a fantastic Victorian era murder/mystery involving the a fictionalization of the real life Charles Dickens.
I love the detail and the intricacies of the character niches that were developed in this novel. I love the interplay and the chemistry that the characters evoked. The author has a talent in creating rich, multi-layered characters with quick wit and banter.

The author did a fabulous jo
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Heather Bennett
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Grave Expectations is a excellent historical mystery. Great writing and well developed characters. This is the second in the series.
Linda Romer
Jun 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviews
I enjoyed reading Grave Expectations. The second book of A Dickens of Crime Series is just as good as the first. Charles Dickens finds himself in yet another murder mystery, and along with his now Fiancee Kate and his friends he solves it. A good read with great characters and a very interesting plot. I'm looking forward to reading more from this Author.

I give Grace Expectations 4 stars for its murder mystery.
I would recommend this book to Historical/Mystery fans.
Steph Huddleston
Jul 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
A nineteenth century romance, an impoverished writer and a dastardly murder to solve. This book was a solid read, with some great mystery to it. Special thanks to Kensington Books and Heather Redmond for giving me an advanced review copy of this book

Grave Expectations by Heather Redmond is the second book of her series starring Charles Dickens as the intrepid reporter. Her first book starring Dickens, A Tale of Two Murders has been well received and although I haven’t read it myself the positive
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Desiree
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: net-galley
I would like to start off by thanking NetGalley and Kensington Books for sending me an advanced copy of this book to review.

Second, I would like to admit that I have not *yet* read Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. But it’s on my 100 Books to Read in a Lifetime challenge!

This book tells the story of Charles Dickens and his fiancee, Kate Hogarth, after their discovery of the body of Charles’ upstairs neighbor, Miss Haverbrooks. She was brutally murdered in her apartment and had been there fo
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Roo
Jul 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Score: 3,5 Stars

Never did I think that one day I would read a book about Charles Dickens being an amateur detective... But the concept actually works? The murder mystery has the same kind of "cozy" atmosphere as Midsomer Murders, which I really enjoyed.
Overall the mystery part of the story is really nicely put together, a lot of the time the clues are there but it takes a few more puzzle pieces in order to start getting the puzzle together. It's nice when a story don't hand you the important thi
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Katreader
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
GRAVE EXPECTATIONS by Heather Redmond
The Second Dickens of a Crime Mystery

Kate Hogarth asks her fiance for a mystery to distract her while waiting for their wedding. Not content with an old conundrum Kate pines for something recent. She gets her wish when she and Charles Dickens go to check on his elderly neighbor only to find her dead, murdered in the apartment above his. Who would want to kill an old woman? Does it have anything to do with the ancient magazine thrust under Charles's door that
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Andria Potter
Jul 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
4.5 🌟 rounded up.

This was a fun read, and worthy of Dickens. I really think he would enjoy this series, as it’s entertaining, well written, and with such strong characters. With plenty of excitement to go around from women falling out of windows by accident to discovering corpses, this mystery will definitely delight readers fond of historical fiction and who-dun-it’s.

I’m determined to get book one so that I can fill in some of the gaps. I feel it would at least help me figure out how Kate and
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Susan
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you enjoy historical mysteries like I do, give this series a try. Some people don;'t like mysteries that put historical figures into fictionalized stories and, honestly, not all authors are all that good at the blending. Such is not the case with Heather Redmond and her skill at bringing Charles Dickens alive as an investigator of crime. For this reader it was pitch perfect.
It's 1835 and Charles Dickens is engaged to Kate. He lives below an elderly spinster, Miss Haverstock and one day he and
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Ann
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
London, June 1835: In the interest of being a good neighbor, Charles checks in on Miss Haverstock, the elderly spinster who resides in the flat above his. But as the young journalist and his fiance Kate ascend the stairs, they are assaulted by the unmistakable smell of death. Upon entering the woman's quarters, they find her decomposing corpse propped up, adorned in a faded gown that looks like it could have been her wedding dress, had she been married. A murderer has set the stage. But to what ...more
Debbie
Jul 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: historical, mystery
"Grave Expectations" is a mystery set in 1835 in England. It's the second in a series. You don't need to read the first book to understand this one, and this book didn't spoil the mystery from the first book.

Vivid historical and setting details were woven into the story, making it feel like these events could really have happened. The author tried to stay true to what is known about Charles Dickens' career and lifestyle in his early twenties. The main characters were interesting and acted realis
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Valeria
Jul 30, 2019 rated it it was ok
“Charles wondered how long they’d be able to avoid more crime, now that they had had a taste of it. He had a bad feeling that he hadn’t heard the last of either of them.”
-Heather Redmond, Grave Expectations (A Dickens of a Crime #2)

2.5🌟/5


I received this e-book from Netgalley.

Mr. Charles Dickens, a reporter and a detective in his spare time, finds a murdered woman in his own home, all while juggling the imminent question: “when will he marry his fiancée Kate?” As she is very keen to NEVER
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Lynn
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A look at Charles Dickens before he became Charles Dickens. What did he do before he became a published novelist? Where did his inspiration originate? He is poor; he loves Kate; he rents two rooms, one in order to be near her; he is working for a newspaper.

One day, to settle his curiosity, he goes to check on his elderly neighbor whom he has not heard lately, and discovers to his horror that she is dead, clothed in an old and threadbare wedding dress. She is not only dead, but murdered, and thi
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Mystica
Aug 09, 2019 rated it really liked it



This book deals with several aspects of Charles Dickens personality apart from his superior writings. Dickens was a champion of the under dog and the marginalized part of society and suffered much personal trouble as a result of constantly being embroiled in others affairs. In this case the story starts with the murder of an elderly, reclusive lady in unusual circumstances and then begins a rather complicated story going back decades and involving long lost relatives and lovers.

Dickens despite p
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Kathleen Gray
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Charles Dickens and Kate Hogarth are back! They're engaged now (woo hoo) and they're still working together. This time, they find themselves investigating the death of Miss Haverstock, an elderly woman who lives upstairs. She's not a sweetheart, that's to be sure, but the murder is sorta odd. She's been dressed and the scene staged. Ned Blood has been arrested for the crime but his wife convinces Kate he didn't do it. Of course, there's more to the story that it first appears. This is in some wa ...more
Sarah-Hope
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019, netgalley
Grave Expectations is one of those niche titles, the niche this time being "Mystery Novels with Famous Authors as Protagonists." The author is Charles Dickens, who has some help from Wilkie Collins. The mystery isn't all that complex, I had it figured out about halfway through. What's interesting is the way the author explored the rigidity of class in Dickens' London. There are those who do good deeds. There are those who are recipients of the good deeds. And the good deeds generally come with a ...more
Susan
Jun 28, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
1835 and Charles Dickens has moved to Selwood Terrace to be near fiancé Kate Hogarth for the summer months. One morning an old article is pushed under his door detailing the murder of a female mudlark by her friends some 50 years previously. Meanwhile having not seen his upstairs neighbour, Miss Haverstock, an elderly spinster for some days he decides to call on her. Unfortunately he finds her dead, and soon the local blacksmith, Daniel Jones, is arrested. Dickens is determined he is innocent an ...more
Janet
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019, mysteries
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I’m a fan of Dickens so this series looked interesting to me. The plot kept me engaged but it bugged me that the author kept mentioning how Charles and Kate couldn’t be alone together. I get that it was unacceptable for that time period, but it seemed like the author mentioned it every couple of pages. Hopefully they get married in the next book!
Jan
Excellent character development and representation of the prevailing attitudes of the time. There is some tweaking of the characters from Great Expectations as well as some rather graphic details of some observations. The publisher's blurb is pretty good and works as a hook to pique the reader's interest. The mystery writing kept my nose in the book too late into the night.
I requested and received a free ebook copy from Kensington Books via NetGalley. Thank you!
Marie McNary
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Historical fiction is quickly becoming a favorite sub-genre for me. I enjoyed this fictional look at the life of a young Charles Dickens. The characters are fun and full of life and the imagery bursts off the page and creates the scene in your head. Historical mysteries also always serve as a great reminder for me of how far civilization has come and how many blessings we have today with things like modern medicine. Two big thumbs up!
Annarella
Jul 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
An excellent historical mystery featuring Charles Dickens.
It's well written, well researched and full of humour. I found it engrossing and entertaining.
The mystery was good and kept me guessing.
I look forward to reading the next instalment in this series.
Recommended!
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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Heather Redmond is an author of commercial fiction and also writes as Heather Hiestand. First published in mystery, she took a long detour through romance before returning. Though her last known British ancestor departed London in the 1920s, she is a committed anglophile, Dickens devotee, and lover of all things nineteenth century.

She has lived in Illinois, California, and Texas, and now resides i
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A Dickens of a Crime (2 books)
  • A Tale of Two Murders