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The Yellow Lantern: True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime

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3.82  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  50 reviews
In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village — especially the doctor she gas assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.

After the doctor’s illegal dealing with his body snatcher to obtain her body, Josephine awakens, positioned as the next corpse for his research. To cover up his crime, the doctor tries to kill
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Published July 15th 2019 by Barbour Publishing (first published July 2019)
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    May 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Josephine Clayton (Josie Clay) had a passion for healing herbs. She was happy "...among the scents, textures and memory of a less complicated time." "Mourning had taught her that living proved more difficult", especially after her mother's death. Josie worked as medical assistant to Dr. Chadwick. Chadwick was too quick to operate on a patient who was transferred from a sickbed, a patient "...who doesn't have much longer on earth."

    Josie fell victim to the doctor's deception. "Dr. Chadwick with kn
    Karen Kay
    I received this from for a review.

    In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she gas assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much alive.

    A feel good story with a feel good ending wrapped in a truly horrific truth, killing people to sell their bodies. But, I never felt truly connected to any of the characters and found myself bored with the story and felt it lacking in real depth.

    Andrea Cox
    FTC Disclosure: NetGalley gave me a complimentary copy of this ebook. A positive review was not required. These are my honest thoughts.

    Wow. From beginning to end, this story swept me away, into the gothic night of 1820s Massachusetts, where graves were being robbed… and hearts shattered.

    The opening scene was so shocking and vividly written with powerful wording that I knew I was in for an adventure vintage actor Peter Lorre would probably have starred in as a show-stealing secondary character. T
    May 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: true-crime-cba
    Author Angie Dicken tells a tale which is both chilling and makes you pull for the main characters as they are so likable.

    It's hard to describe this story as it sweeps you away to another time and place, 1824 in Massachusetts. Josie, the heroine, is forced to work with a less-than-savory character in their search for medical answers. As the story unwinds you hold your breath, as the tempo increases while the pages fly past your fingers.

    It combines the perfect notes of chilling scenes, burgeoni

    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

    From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸.

    Forced to Spy for Grave Robbers
    True Colors – Fiction Based on Strange-But-True History

    In 1824, Josephine Clayton is considered dead by everyone in her Massachusetts village—especially the doctor she gas assisted for several months. Yet, she is still very much ali
    Jul 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: read-2019
    “How he’d wish that some of those yesterdays would stop creeping into his todays...”

    This is the first book by Angie Dicken I have read. It is well-written with a fascinating premise, a plot that contains surprises, main characters who have experienced grief and suffering, and faith woven into the characters’ lives. The atmosphere of the story is eerie with a gothic undertone, set in 1824 Massachusetts, as Josephine gets blackmailed into finding fresh graves that can be dug up and the deceased so
    Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    3.5 stars

    What price will Josie pay for love when her secrets begin to unravel?

    They call them grave robbers, body snatchers or resurrectionists. Those, who after the burial, stole a body in the middle of the night to perform medical procedures, all in the name of research. Or who killed when death was eminent, to quickly fill their need for a fresh body. It’s the unfortunate gruesome piece of our American history that I learned about in The Yellow Lantern. While it wasn’t my favorite subject t
    Maureen Timerman
    Jun 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: 2019
    I had a hard time getting into this book, the beginning was so realistic, and scary, I can’t even imagine, but that being said I didn’t know where we were going with the story, but quickly found out!
    There is greed here, and surprises happen right up until the last page is turned, keep turning those pages.
    Sadly, this story is based on true crimes, and when you think of this actually happening, and when the need is not met, well, just add a few!
    When I was reading this story, I felt I was in old Eu
    Denise Levendoski
    Thank you to Angie Dicken and I won this book in a Giveaway.

    Clean, refreshing story about a dark time in our history. The father's plight wasn't explained enough for me but didn't take away from the story. Very interesting and informative read.
    Lacey Allain
    May 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    I think this story line, especially where relating to grave robbery, had the potential to be much more interestingly written. The book starts off strong with Josephine awakening in a terrifying situation and draws the reader in, but I found the bulk of the story when she is working as a mill girl quite dull. I did enjoy the historical vision of women working in mills during this time period and the highlighting of unsafe work conditions.

    Advance copy provided by Netgalley.
    Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Yellow Lantern
    by Angie Dicken
    Part of True Colors – Historical Stories of Romance and American Crime
    Rating: 4/5

    Imagine waking up in 1824 in Massachusetts and being told that you were already pronounced dead. Imagine being told that your body was taken by grave robbers for the purpose of medical research. Imagine that in order to keep your life and your family’s lives safe, you are forced to spy for said grave robbers in order to get more cadavers. How would you handle that? How would you deal
    Heather  Erickson
    Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    “The Yellow Lantern” by Angie Dicken is the 3rd book in the True Colors Series. True Colors features “historical stories of American crime.” I’ve been a huge fan of this series starting with “The White City,” and followed up by “The Pink Bonnet.”

    “The Yellow Lantern” takes place in 1824. It features a ring of body snatchers who steal the bodies from freshly dug graves so that they can be used in medical research. They pull Josephine, the main character, into their schemes, Things get even more co
    3.5 stars- This is the latest book in Barbour’s true American crime series. This series takes true crimes in American history and creates a fictional story around these events. The crimes are pretty heavy in nature so I wasn’t expecting a light hearted read. It starts off morbid and pretty much continues down that path the whole book. After being mistaken for dead and even buried, Josephine Clayton wakes up to discover she is about to become the local doctor’s next medical experiment. Shocked an ...more
    Paula Shreckhise
    The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken is a book in the series True Colors, Historical Stories Of American Crime.

    The Yellow Lantern is seen as a symbol of light and life and if it is extinguished—Death!

    Josie Clayton learned the art of healing herbs from her mother. She also told Josie that the symbol of Lilacs is first love. “ Mother told her to always remember her first love — Christ, the Creator and Comforter.”
    Josie has always tried to do what is right, even working to get her father out of deb
    Karen R
    Another intriguing story based on real events, with suspenseful moments, interesting characters, and a tender romance.
    "How could she choose between affection and her own blood?"
    Josephine (Josie) is faced with a very difficult choice--save her father by participating in the macabre business of grave robbing, or turn away. She isn't really given much choice, but hopes it will be over quickly. In 1824, women didn't have much control, especially those from poor families. The author does a good job
    Tena Greear
    Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Yellow Lantern by Angie Dicken is both intriguing and disturbing. I will admit I didn't think I was going to enjoy this book. I am not really interested in such a dark story. But I do love history!
    The story began with the main character, Josephine, rising from the dead. Actually she was dug up and delivered to the local doctor for "research" purposes. Apparently being declared dead when you really weren't was a common occurrence in those days. In exchange for her life and to keep her father
    Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    Truly right out of the twighlight zone if you're old enough to remember that tv show. Not to offend anyone.
    I love the storyline a lot!! The cover especially intrigued me.
    I also think of the movie or show Invasion of the Body Snatchers too!!
    Brahm is what you call a good person in the midst of the storyline. He's a true hero. I felt sorry for him and I knew just how he felt being adopted and all and not really even fitting in. I felt like it was my life that I was reading about. The kind, fun and
    Best In Suspense - Kelly Underwood
    The Yellow Lantern is another in the True Crimes series that focuses on historical crimes in America. Set in the early 1800’s, this story deals with the criminal activity of grave robbers stealing bodies in the middle of the night. The story starts off with Josephine Clayton, who gets sucked into the grave robbers’ scheme. She becomes the look-out for bodies and begins working in a mill run by Braham Taylor.

    This novel started out with plenty of suspense and intrigue. It’s an unusual topic and st
    Christine Lowe
    Jun 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Once I figured out who was who and what their relationships were all about, I really enjoyed The Lantern. Braham and his parents left Ireland for America hoping for a better life. There was sickness in the crowded hold below deck and many died.

    Josephine woke up not knowing where she was. Imagine the first thing you see is a doctor you work for holding up a knife in preparation to cut you up all in the name of "advancing knowledge of how the human body functions."

    Life was hard in the 1800's and p
    Jul 12, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Overall, this book was an interesting read. It is based on an atrocious practice of grave-robbing “for the sake” of medical advancement. Taking place in the early 1800s in Massachusetts, “Josie Clay” finds herself pulled into being an unwilling participant in grave-robbing in order to save her father from the evil people that he has made bargains with. Her journey through the book brings her into a relationship with the manager of a factory where she finds work, as well as other young women who ...more
    Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
    This is not my typical genre but I have loved other books by this author, so I thought I would try it. I was pulled in by the opening scenes and liked the story. There were parts in the middle where the pace slowed a bit. But it picked up and I loved the last few chapters! Lots of suspense and action. I liked that the author showed the details of what was happening without being overly graphic. I didn't feel that anything was missing. I liked how a romance blossomed in the midst of all that was ...more
    Jun 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Another of the true crime series from Barbour Publishing, this one explores the horrific, gruesome grave robbers who exhumed bodies for “medical experimentation”. We follow the adventures of a poor girl, Josephine, who is thrown into this life in order to save her father from debtor’s prison and the murderers after him, barely escaping death herself. She’s thrown into the precarious position as a spy at the cotton mill, on the lookout for fatal injuries. It’s an interesting tale with intriguing ...more
    This is a well written story about a subject of the past most of us would rather forget about. What would it be like to be buried alive; whether hurried to your death on purpose, or because the medical field was not advanced enough to always catch when a person wasn't officially dead yet. Josephine Clayton, the main character in the story has a personal experience with escaping death at the last moment and feeling forced to be a part of the grave diggers, also referred to as the resurrectionists ...more
    Lindsey Russell
    Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Let me start out with the aspects of this book that I enjoyed.  I enjoyed the fact that this book, while fictional, was written around true events in history, i.e. the crime of graverobbing for medical advancement and possible financial gain during the period of the industrial revolution.  I also enjoyed the fact that both Josie and Braham were vulnerable characters, as that to me makes them relatable to a large range of people, including myself. Now on to the pieces of the story that I felt cou ...more
    Jul 15, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    The Yellow Lantern is part of the True Colors: Historical Stories of American Crime series. It tells the story of Josephine Clayton in 1824 Massachusetts. Josie works for Dr Chadwick and finds herself in danger. To survive, she has to go undercover as a spy in a mill. This leads her to a level of deceitfulness she needs to get away from. Will she ever be able to have a life of normalcy?
    I liked The Yellow Lantern. I did not find it predictable and was often wondering what would happen next. They
    Cheri Swalwell
    Jul 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This was the first book of this author I have read. While her writing style took me a little while to get used to at the beginning, soon I was lost in the story and it flowed more easily for me. The characters were well developed. I got to the point where I had to keep reading simply so I could find out what happened. The storyline was definitely one that was intriguing and to know it was based on history made it that much more interesting. At times I found myself compassionate for the character ...more
    Doris Vandruff
    Jul 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Josie has the power in her hands of protecting someone's loved one from being robbed from her grave. All she has to do is keep the lantern lit.
    Josie woke from the most frightening moment in her life. She had been buried alive. Her father's farm worker saved her, when he figured out she wasn't dead. The doctor in charge now wants them to help him by becoming grave robbers The decisions they make will determine whether they will have riches or happiness. What will Josie choose. Her father has been
    Jennifer K
    Jul 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
    This engrossing tale had my attention from the opening scene. I didn’t realize that I would be so drawn into a story involving grave robbers and body snatchers. But within this well researched true crime fiction, Angie Dicken has depicted a beautiful picture of the power of forgiveness. Her characters are unique and I found myself cheering on the heroine to make right decisions. While mysterious circumstances are investigated, a budding romance takes root that becomes complicated fast. I felt th ...more
    Edi McNinch
    I suppose I thought I would like this book since I requested it, but I was slightly disappointed. Once you get through the beginning you begin to see the story and conflict of the main characters. It started slow, dark and gruesome and was difficult to connect with. It could be that the subject matter itself: persecution, dominance of women, grave.robbing and downright murder, is so distasteful and upsetting to me that I just couldn't connect. I didn't like any of the characters ,not to be misco ...more
    Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: historical
    I received a complimentary copy of this book from Barbour through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

    What a creepy book! Romance and grave-robbing—now that’s a strange combination, but the author makes it work. This is Massachusetts in 1824, and Josephine is supposed to be dead—but is actually saved in order to help a doctor obtain more bodies. Braham Taylor, the manager of the factory where Josephine goes to work, is in a fight with the owner’s son. I had pretty
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    Angie Dicken credits her love of story to reading British literature during life as a military kid in Cambridgeshire, England. Now living in the U.S., she's an ACFW member, a blog contributor to the Writer's Alley, a baseball mom, and a self-proclaimed foodie. You can connect with her
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