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Edinburgh Midnight

(Ian Hamilton Mysteries #3)

4.35  ·  Rating details ·  2,236 ratings  ·  123 reviews
Superstition and murder haunt nineteenth-century Scotland in a twisting mystery by the prize-winning author of Edinburgh Twilight and Edinburgh Dusk.

In nineteenth-century Edinburgh, spiritualism has captured the public’s imagination. Séances are all the rage, and Detective Ian Hamilton’s otherwise sensible aunt Lillian is not immune to their allure. But for Ian, indulging
Kindle Edition, 362 pages
Published June 9th 2020 by Thomas & Mercer
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Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
God I love these books. I need a fourth one right now. Like, right now. I mean, waiting is hard and I don't like it so book 4 now, please?? ...more
Jun 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the third book in the Ian Hamilton series. I enjoyed it very much. The descriptions of the time were very evocative; the characters very real to me. The murders of people associated with Madame Velensky's seances were a bit easy to solve in the end, but the mystery didn't end there. There is still a dark, mysterious evil character now living in Edinburgh. Is this person involved in the deaths of Ian's parents in a fire seven years ago? We don't find out yet. There is definitely a cliff-h ...more
Dana Linde
Jun 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have always enjoyed the Ian Hamilton mysteries. The third installment is another case for the detective to solve; however, this time the author includes - I felt- a lot more of the dynamics of the police unit as they deal with a possible informant who is untrustworthy. I also enjoyed the look at more forensic aspects of police work such as blood spatter and graphology. The additional attention given to Hamilton's love life, his relationships with his aunt and brother, and the inclusion of Dr. ...more
Marie Cordalis
Jun 11, 2020 rated it liked it
I love "Gaslight Mysteries" and this is a book I would put in that classification.

Overall it was a pretty good mystery, although it wasn't too difficult to figure out "who done it" but maybe that's because I read a lot of mysteries.

I liked the way the author included some other historical characters, real and fictional in the story and for me any book with a cat character is a book I want to read :) But for some reason, aside from the cat I couldn't really get into the characters. They didn't s
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another enjoyable read featuring my favorite detective, Ian Hamilton.
In this book, Ian is juggling THREE cases, one being the ongoing mystery regarding his parents' deaths. The other two cases are based on the serial murders of some seance attendees, and a huge heist. Ian is busy, and his running around without eating or getting much sleep is beginning to take a toll on him. (view spoiler)
Jun 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 3rd book in the Ian Hamilton series. This is a dark thriller set on the cold streets of Victorian Edinburgh. The story starts when Ian accompanies his Aunt Lillian to a seance, and it's not long before the murders start to happen - the victims? members of the seance group.
I do like this series of books, but the authors Americanisms often show through, and the Scottish slang still needs a wee bit of work. But apart from that, I really do like the series.
Jun 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Setup for a series Big Bad...
J. Griff
Jul 29, 2020 rated it liked it
Review soon.
Lynn Horton
Dec 21, 2020 rated it liked it
Not my favorite in the series. The author breaks into the voice of the murderer for a few chapters, and they don’t contain anything revelatory, so don’t add to the story (and actually, pulled me out of it). Also, the villain is easy to figure out from the way the author positions (gender hidden) behavior in a family context. Lastly, the “regular” characters aren’t developed any further in this book, something I’d like to see.

One thing I do like is the “elder” romance. It’s a lovely touch.

All in
Sep 23, 2020 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery-thriller
Edinburgh Midnight, the third book in the Ian Hamilton series is not good. At all. It was bad; a thoroughly unpleasant read.

The strengths that Carole Lawrence demonstrated in the first two books, notably in tone, atmosphere, and prose, was completely missing in the third book. The prose that evoked 1880 Edinburgh was replaced with pedantic passages detailing the historic significance of various buildings or statues (and at one time a funeral prayer hymnal). I have no issue infusing historic deta
Anne Blackwell
Aug 25, 2020 rated it did not like it

Our book group chose this book and I fear its the worst book we've ever read. The plot jars, the speech in accents is infuriating and the constant use of Scottish language,then explained feels like a comedian explaining his own joke.all of this frustrated any interest in plot or character. Conan doyle? Really? Why?
Anne Brown
Nov 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Ruby Bibi
Nov 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Very good historical mystery with an excellent protagonist

-In this third story in the Ian Hamilton series, which takes place in the late 19th Century Scotland, Detective Ian Hamilton is accompanying his aunt Lillian to a seance. As did many people in that time period, she believed that a medium was able to bring up the spirits of the dead, and she wanted to reach out to the soul of her husband who had died years before. Ian, on the other hand, went with his aunt grudgingly, as he had no patienc
Edinburgh Midnight by Carole Lawrence

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In nineteenth-century Edinburgh, spiritualism has captured the public’s imagination. Séances are all the rage, and Detective Ian Hamilton’s otherwise sensible aunt Lillian is not immune to their allure. But for Ian, indulging her superstitions has its limits. When members of Lillian’s circle of séance friends begin turning up dead, Ian doesn’t need a medium to tell him these aren’t freak accidents.

With the help of his friend Arthur Conan Doyle, Ian
Elliot A
Dec 31, 2020 rated it did not like it
The Gist

I loved Lawrence’s two previous books in the Ian Hamilton Mysteries Series, Edinburgh Twilight and Edinburgh Dusk, and I was eagerly awaiting the publication of Edinburgh Midnight.

Usually, I can’t put the book until I have finished the last page, but with Edinburgh Midnight I struggled. I struggled a lot.

The Details

Being the third in the series, I thought that at this point the reader might find out a little more about the protagonist.

Instead, it felt like the author decided to take Hami
Wendy Bayne
Jun 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another interesting foray into the world of 1880 Victorian Edinburgh following the exploits of Ian Hamilton Police Inspector confronted with the desire to solve the murder of his parents seven years ago he also take the lead on a series of murders whose only common denominator is a Spiritualist. On top of that his boss Chief Inspector as assigned him the responsibility of determining the potential target a a ruthless gang of thieves.
Throughout this he is assisted by in this case a fictional Art
Oct 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received this ebook as a Goodreads giveaway.

I enjoy Victorian mysteries. As the title indicates, this one takes place in Edinburgh, Scotland, December 1880. It is the third book in the Ian Hamilton mystery series, and the first one I've read. I'm hoping to read the previous two.

Ian Hamilton is a Detective Inspector with the Edinburgh police. There are several other main characters, including Chief Crawford, Sergeant Dickerson, Constable Turnbull, Ian's brother Donald, their Aunt Lillian and me
Jan 20, 2021 rated it did not like it
Shelves: historicfiction
A ridiculous book. The two previous Ian Hamilton books were fine, but this one just went off on a downward tangent. Basically, this was a modern book in period costume. The odious Fiona Stewart acts like a very 21st century woman, and instead of being surprised, the hard-nosed Ian Hamilton gets completely tongue-tied in her presence. Ridiculous! Also, extremely jarring to have such American terminology in a book about Edinburgh. Each time it happens (which is distressingly frequent), it breaks t ...more
Jul 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books you can read again and find parts that you missed. It has more than one investigation going on. It starts with Ian being taken to a Seance by his Aunt Lillian. He doesn’t believe in all that ‘stuff’ but he loves his aunt. That plot runs throughout the story. There are murders of some attendees at the seance. Another plot is about a big robbery taking place but no one knows where. There is believed to bel someone in the police station working with the gang but while the ...more
Deborah Bowman
Sep 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Best Ian Hamilton Murder Mystery Yet!

I love this series by Carole Lawrence. The past, present, and future collide in conflict and chaos as Ian finds out disturbing news about his mother and that the fire he was almost killed in as a boy was maliciously set to murder his parents. But why? Meanwhile in the present, Edinburgh police informers are being viciously murdered on Ian's watch. 'Tis said there is a new a new crime boss in the Scottish city. The addition of the young medical student Arthur
Nov 17, 2020 added it
Shelves: audio, 2020, own
Members of a seance group begin dying and the only link Ian can find is the group, to which his aunt Lillian belongs. This is a really dark series, though Simon Mattacks' narration is much more nuanced than Napolean Ryan's narration of the first in the series.

I thought the seance story was really clever. The author skillfully unraveled the cause of the murders and I figured out the culprit just as Ian did. I really didn't have an inkling who the perpetrator was and didn't feel like the author p
Dec 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
It took a while, but I've finally come to the realization that the protagonist in this series is, basically, Sherlock Holmes. The appearance early on of Arthur Conan Doyle really should have been a clue, but I've never been particularly good at figuring out "whodunit" as I read mostly to, well, while away the time really and it is of little consequence to me as to who the murderer in a murder mystery is as long as the journey to that end is entertaining. These books have been entertaining, a bit ...more
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Good story

I think I've finally figured out the overarching premise of this historical mystery series. I fell s bit slow, but, in all fairness, the critical characters that put it all together don't show up all at once. To avoid spoiling it for others I won't go into any more detail than that. This is very much a character driven story, set in Victorian Edinburgh. The primary character, Ian Hamilton, is a police detective with the Edinburgh police. He isn't perfect. He misses clues. He fails to a
Trish R.
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it

This has some really good characters in it, Ian Hamilton, Sergeant Dickerson, Donald (Ian’s brother), Aunt Lillian and Arthur Conan Doyle. There are people being killed that all attended a séance and it was up to Ian to solve that murder while he was looking into the deaths of his parents, seven years before. And there’s an unknown criminal in this story that was left undiscovered. Questions left unanswered but not a cliffhanger.

There was not even a kiss and the F-bomb was used 1 time.

As to the
Neill Smith
Oct 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Life becomes more complicated for DI Hamilton

The Edinburgh police were being regarded as ineffectual and DI Ian Hamilton was instructed to serruptitiously observe his fellow officers as to their effort. However his aunt had encouraged him to attend a seance with her and a surprising utterance at the seance disconcerted him badly. In addition when a member of the audience from the seance was found murdered the next day he had to redirect some of his efforts. This was complicated by his brother’s
Gillian Parker
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really good, atmospheric murder mystery set in old Edinburgh.

This novel is equally as good as the previous books. DI Ian Hamilton accompanies his Aunt Lillian to a seance, much against his will, but heard a supposed message from his dead .mother. Then he gets caught up in a raft of murders which tax him to the limit. Good to meet the previous characters, including Arthur Conan Doyle, who works at the hospital with Ian's brother, the little street urchin, Derek, and the beautiful nurse Fiona Stew
Enjoying several things about this series--the part Conan Doyle plays, the thespian interests with quotes from Dickens and Shakespeare, the Scottish food, the banter between Ian and Donald and their relationship with Aunt Lilian. What I struggled with were the mini vignettes into the killer's thinking. I found them distracting when I wanted more of other character, such as Derek and Crawford . That said, I am curious to see if Hamilton's "new year new you" resolution sticks with him as well as S ...more
This is a fine mystery series, especially if you know and love Edinburgh. Set during the Victorian period, it features a very private police detective, his photographer aunt, his medical student brother, a wise yet shifty street urchin, and now, medical student Arthur Conan Doyle. The characterizations and descriptions are great; the plots are good enough. This series has plenty of atmosphere, and I really enjoy it. Hope Lawrence writes more of these...she has several series going under a variet ...more
Yep, more of the same. Great secondary characters with Ian Hamilton being an insensitive know it all. I really didn't like the down turn in Ian's personality in this book. I really just wanted to clobber him over the head to knock some sense into him. Which happens to him, a lot, and doesn't seem to impart any wisdom to him at all. The ending was super rushed, almost to the point of being absurd. Quit trying to make Ian Hamilton the next Sherlock Holmes. Just make him a better Ian Hamilton. I ca ...more
Kathryn E Hagen
Jun 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This series isn't done yet!

And I'm so glad. What a mystery! Ian and Arthur Conan Doyle are back, as well as the familiar coworkers on the police force. But there's a rat. Who can it be? And there's a love interest that almost goes wrong.

Add to that the horrible crimes that are occurring in Edinburgh and you have an exciting, well-told story! I'm looking forward to the next one. Will Ian finally learn who killed his parents?
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