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The Business of Blood

(The Business of Blood #1)

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  214 ratings  ·  114 reviews
London, 1890. Blood and death are Fiona Mahoney’s trade, and business, as they say, is booming.

Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It’s been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary’s blood from
Paperback, 309 pages
Published October 20th 2019 by Ardent Publishing
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Stacey is Sassy

Just a wee bit of blood...

I have never reviewed anything but romance up until now and to be honest, I never expected to review anything but romance. Then, Kerrigan Byrne comes along and she tells us she wrote something that is not romance. Well, not romantic to the extent we've come to expect from her. The SHOCK!! The HORROR!! But, it’s KERRIGAN BYRNE!! So, of course, I had to give it a go.

Knowing that I was going to be exposed to a wee bit of blood…and other things, I was hesitant
Kerrigan Byrne
Oct 23, 2019 is currently reading it  ·  (Review from the author)
HI YOU GUYS!!! I can't believe this but THE BUSINESS OF BLOOD is available early!

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They told me it was too dark for a historical, too sexy for a mystery, and entirely too much blood for a female sleuth to handle... I heartily disagree. I've seen women bring about all forms of justice, and Fiona Mahoney is my tribute to them.
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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“I was no longer a lady. A woman. Or Fiona. I was a wild thing. Perhaps a killer.”

I want to be Fiona when I grow up! I love strong fierce heroines in stories, and boy did Kerrigan Byrne create the ultimate. My girl Fiona had 9 lives in this story. This book, chilled me to the bone. So much murder, mystery and intrigue. I’ve never studied Jack The Ripper so much in my life. Very fascinating, what I found on him. This story is so much extra, and is a very unique historical mystery. Not really a
Fiona makes her living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away, and after the murder of her best-friend Mary, 2 years ago, through her work she has been following the trail of Jack the Ripper, determined to make him pay.

This is so different to the authors HR book series ‘Victorian Rebels’, this book is not a romance, whether a that becomes a dominant theme in the books that proceed who knows but here whilst there is a thin strand of romance that pops up here and there it’s fleeting and at
Well. This was not in the author's usual style. I have pretty much read all of Byrne's books, and this Victorian thriller is very different.

The setting is Jack the Ripper's London, a Whitechapel complete with smog, fog, stench, blood and gore. Add a touch of Gothic supernatural, a heroine who has a rather interesting job (cleaning up after death) and not one but four possible love interests, and we have this book.

I was hooked from the start, because as we all know, this lady can write. Even when
Oct 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rated 4.5 Stars

The Business of Blood is a historical mystery with a Sherlock Holmes vibe to it. It's also dark and a bit gory. I loved it. I loved the backdrop of it, the nods to literary figures and the budding romance. It's very much an enemies to lovers and office romance. It had me invested in the characters and the story from the get. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series and highly recommend it.

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Gi's Spot Reviews
Oct 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing

5 ‘Until The Ghosts Are Put To Rest’ Stars

Oooohhhhh, Kerrigan Byrne rocked my world with this twist on Jack The Ripper, because it’s SO MUCH more than I expected! Mind, heart and soul gripping, THE BUSINESS OF BLOOD is a full blown experience!

I tend to stay away from anything close to horror genre, but as soon as Ms. Byrne announced this book as a brand new Historical Mystery I wanted to jump right in. Being a huge retelling fan, I could only imagine how
Oct 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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3 1/2 "Bloody Business" Stars!

Well, first of I have to say, this was not a romance. It's a mystery/thriller. Without the romance thrown in, mystery/thrillers are not really my thing. However! I absolutely love Kerrigan Byrne. Her style was all over this story. Plus there was some chemistry between Fiona and a few male characters actually.

Speaking of Fiona, I loved her. She was an unconventional woman. Especially in 1890. She was smart and brave and loyal.

The actual mystery was good. There were
There was a lot about this book that sets it apart from the glut of historicals out there right now. Some other reviews I've read compared it to the Kat Holloway mysteries, so that intrigued me enough to pick this up, but for me there was no comparison. I didn't love Fiona, and at times I found her behavior completely unrealistic. Not a series I'll be continuing.
Lacey (Booklovers For Life)
A new Kerrigan Byrne book out in NOVEMBER!?!?
Robin Loves Reading
Fiona Mahoney is what is now referred to as a forensic cleaner. She cleans up after crime scenes. No matter how gruesome. No matter how bloody. That is why this book is so named, The Business of Blood. Tragically, the more murders that take place, the busier Fiona is.

A man has been brutally murdered . While Fiona is on the scene she quickly notices that the current victtim's body was left in such a way to instantly make her think of a gruesome series of murders, committed by none other than
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Taking place smack in the aftermath of the Ripper murders in the most squalid bits of London, ‘The Business of Blood’ follows an intrepid Fiona Mahoney who has somehow managed to eke a place out for herself as the clean-up crew of wet work, keeping company with questionable characters just so she can live decently. But it’s also one that has put her on a path of investigation and ultimately revenge: to search out the Ripper who’d torn up her friend 2 years prior, up until she tangles with law ...more
Oct 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I literally could not stop reading this book, it was that wonderful. I read it in one day. It is unapologetically dark and violent. The characters are not black and white or good and evil, they're all of that and more. I enjoyed the multilayered mysteries within the book. The male characters are all fascinating in their own imperfect ways. Fiona is a terrific heroine. Like any great mystery, I was on the edge of my seat while reading the climax. I really hope there will be more books!
Oct 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In The Business of Blood Series #1
Kerrigan Byrne
Release date 11/07/2019

Blurb :

London, 1890. Blood and death are Fiona Mahoney’s trade, and business, as they say, is booming.

Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It’s been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary’
Bex |
Not for the faint of heart, Kerrigan Bryne’s foray into murder mystery is as gripping as it is macabre. 1890s London, a city still reeling with fear in the wake of Jack the Ripper, is the perfect backdrop for the intrepid heroine, Fiona Mahoney. She’s in the ‘business of blood’ as a Post-Mortem Sanitation Specialist who happens to be intimately acquainted with the horrific aftermath of The Ripper.

Not only is Fiona involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the infamous killer, she’s also up
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
KB really went out on a limb here and boy am I glad she did. I really liked our heroine, but boy does her milkshake bring all the boys to her yard. :-) Get your mind out of the gutter! She is a historical Post Mortem Sanitation Engineer, Crime Scene Clean up Regency style, so of course all the mens call on her when there is a dead body about. She is an enigma for sure and she has feelings for 4 guys, a hunky police detective, a Jewish crime lord, an American Indian assassin and she still has ...more
To say I love Kerrigan Byrne's historical romances would be an understatement. To say I'm not a fan of blood and guts would also be an understatement. However, when you combine those two, I get over the second fact right quick and jump all over this.

This story is just perfect for this time of year. A murder mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper is just what this season needs.

Fiona spends her days and night cleaning up after death. It's not a luxurious job but someone has to do it. She uses this
Tracy DeNeal
Nov 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
She Did It Again

Kerrigan Byrne has successfully captured me and immersed me in a third world of hers!

First with “The Highwayman” in her Victorian Rebels series, I became hopelessly enraptured. Second along comes the series premiere of “How to Love a Duke in Ten Days.” Now? “The Business of Blood.”

Fiona Mahoney is such an interesting and strong lead for this series. I love that no one is completely innocent here, not even the main character. Everyone has something shadowing them. Some bit of “
Leona Woolfolk
Disclaimer: Originally reviewed at Crafting By The Pound, https://craftingbythepoundblog.wordpr...

I received The Business of Blood by Kerrigan Byrne as an advance copy from the author in exchange for a honest and unbiased review.

When I learned that one of my favorite authors was coming with a story that was a play on the Jack the Ripper story I was all for it. I also loved that instead of a male lead for the story Byrne chose to have a female character that works in a male dominated career as
Joee (booksandacupofjoee)
*3.5 stars*

This was a dark, historic, mysterious story about a fierce, independent woman who cleans up after murders and finds herself in many bloody scenes. I really enjoyed it but there were a couple things I was a little bummed about.

The romance overall was barely there. I saw some sparks but wanted something to happen. It wasn't as sexy as I expected. I needed more heat.

It was definitely a little slower paced at times. While I thought the whole Jack the Ripper stuff was super interesting and
Shoshanna Ford
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This might be the best book I have ever read in my whole life, and I've read a LOT of books. I mean, wow. This book is amazing.

This book has absolutely everything you could possibly want. Tantalizing touches of romance are woven through a horrifying tale full of drama and intrigue in Kerrigan Byrne's signature flawless narrative.I honestly could not look away from this book. I spent the last several hours curled up with this book, and I regret nothing. Unputdownable does not even come close to
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“Sometimes, what we want and what we fear are one and the same.”

Fiona Mahoney is no stranger to darkness. Making her living via the dead, Fiona has become quite the expert in forensic clean up and disposal…perhaps too good, for she has caught the eye of one of the most deadly villains in London, Jack the Ripper. Following the gruesome murder of her dearest friend, Fiona vows to seek vengeance, and uses all her wits and connections, both lawful and unlawful, to determine if the killer that has
Luz Trevino
The Business of Blood was a great dark story! I had a hard time putting the book down! Kerrigan Byrne took us to a world where no one is to be trusted and sins were committed to justify a means to an end.
We're introduced to an array of characters who are perfectly flawed. I enjoyed learning about them and how they treated Fiona, who worked in a world that was predominantly male. I liked Fiona's independence and strong will in working her job. She always put her brain to good use. As we read the
Ruchika Mahajan
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
Business of blood is different from any other historical fiction I have read till date. The author did warn us that it's not a romance. Generally I don't venture out in different genres. I was pleasantly surprised after reading this book. Kerrigan Byrne is one of my favourite authors. True to her word she has ventured into a different world. The book opens with a very graphic description of a dead body found after murder. We meet our protagonist Fiona. She is one of the best female character I ...more
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I loved Kerrigan Byrne's past works but this is not like any other I've read. I'm not so sure what to expect from a historical mystery to be honest, I wasn't expecting this title to be literal though. It really was bloody and graphic. I was a a bit squeamish even I will admit. Though it's not different to contemporary versions of this type of story. Fiona Mahoney was not your ordinary heroine at all she's familiar with the gruesome and things that would make someone faint. She's got guts from ...more
Cassandra Martin
Oct 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Heroine of this book, Fiona is one of the most independent, fierce, intelligent female character's I've read. This is a very unique historical mystery, that revolves around Jack the Ripper. I was constantly doing side research to see how history was woven into this story. And I was not disappointed.

'"This is highly irregular," Bond observed, though from what I could tell, he conveyed more curiosity then censure. "Miss Mahoney is neither a nurse nor the police. Should she be privy to all
Tina Jane
Oct 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book. Excited to read anything by Kerrigan Byrne, I was especially intrigued by the opportunity to read a non-romance murder mystery book by her! I obviously enjoyed it, having voraciously read it in one day. Typical of Byrne, the book was well written and had great, albeit interestingly flawed, characters. The mystery was really suspenseful, and I found the Victorian Jack the Ripper setting to be deliciously macabre. There is a large cast of ...more
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am speechless, to say the least. This book had me gripping the edge of my seat. It’s deliciously dark and gritty. The subtle, romantic undertones satisfied my soft side. It’s also edgy, and did I say dark?

Fiona was not someone to be trifled with. Her life experiences made her wary, doggedly determined to succeed, her heart unapproachable by anyone worth knowing. Fiona’s light shone in the dark, grim times of that era as she fought for survival, professionally and personally. The people she met
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kerrigan Byrne is venturing into the world of mystery thrillers! The Business of Blood is NOT a romance. There is some romantic tension, and I feel future stories, like many cozy style mysteries, will have some romantic elements to them.

This book is darker than most cozy mysteries. Fiona Mahoney is a crime scene cleaner. After evidence and the body are removed, it is her job to restore the place to rights. This story is 2 years after Jack the Ripper terrorized Whitechapel, and Fiona was
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“Everyone is a whore, Fiona." I felt rather than heard when he unfolded himself from the settee. He wasn't so much a warmth or an essence behind me. But the absence of either.

"We each merely offer different parts of ourselves for use, do we not? Our sex. Our blades. Our muscles. Our mind. Our time. Our souls.”
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