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The Business of Blood

(The Fiona Mahoney Mysteries #1)

4.26  ·  Rating details ·  935 ratings  ·  259 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
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Published October 20th 2019 by Ardent Publishing
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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.
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 hesita
Korrie’s Korner
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 ro
Sep 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
(4.5 stars) I've been doing lots of escape reading lately and have had my fill for the moment of romance, so I needed a palate cleanser. Funny that I should choose this book, because lemon sorbet it definitely is not. There's gruesome murder, blood and gore, and hints of Jack the Ripper in the background in this historical novel set in 1890 London. This read is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart.

The strange thing about me, though, is that I've always had a fascination with Jack the Ripp
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
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
It's a 3.7 from me. At one hand I loved it, strong female character running around trying to solve the jack the ripper case. In this is was suspicion on new cases. While its all fun and exciting I've read it before as a huntress for books about jack the ripper. So it feelt a little redundant but still fun ...more
Jan 04, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I love Kerrigan Byrne's historical romances, and now I love her historical mysteries even more. She writes in a world I'm VERY familiar with (including Jack the Ripper and Oscar Wilde), and her research, voices, locations, and characters are excellent. On top of that, she's just a great storyteller.

Highly recommended for fans of historical mystery, Victorian history, and any readers of An Urchin of Means or the Immortal Descendants series.
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 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I'm going to start this review by admitting I almost quit this book a quarter of the way through. I came (fingers one inch apart) that close to just stoping because I found the story boring. It wasn't poorly written or anything, it just took time for the story to setup.

However, clearly in the end I enjoyed the story enough to give it four stars.
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
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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Lacey (laceybooklovers)
A new Kerrigan Byrne book out in NOVEMBER!?!?
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 e
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love slipping into a story when there is a serial killer afoot. Especially when there is a possibility involves Jack the Ripper. Byrne delivered a fast-paced murder mystery with plenty of twists, unusual characters and a feisty, stubborn heroine.

When Fiona cleans up a grizzly murder scene, she realizes it is eerily similar to Jack’s style. Could he be back? The location is just a few doors down from Mary’s home. Fiona gets the itch to investigate. Inspector Grayson Croft warns Fiona off, but F
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 tha
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. ...more
Best Book of 2019, not Best HR, Best Book, Period.
My sole five stars of 2019. This book is just brilliant.
I was done reading it one month ago and it still lives with me, I dont know how I am supposed to wait another year to get my hands on the next one....
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
Audiobook: Narrator - Justine Eyre

I enjoyed this narrator's performance. Her voice was easy to acclimate to as these characters each have different accents. Nothing outstanding here, but I’d definitely listen to her again.

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I was excited to stumble across this book as I’m a huge fan of this author. Unfortunately, it did not live up to my expectations.

This is very well written and the characters are all well rounded and fully developed. However, I was expecting a mystery with some action and inste
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 en ...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! ...more
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 fee ...more
Elodie’s Reading Corner
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’
Wished for more in the romance department, but off to a good start.

Loved Justine Eyre's narration!
This review was originally posted at my website, Leona Woolfolk*I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my 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 her MC (main charac
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 j
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 “bl
Maureen Gianinio
I love Kerrigan Byrne’s Historical Romances. If The Fiona Mahoney Mystery is going to be a romance between Fiona and another character, it’s going to be a slow burn build across the series, for various reasons. And this is perfectly fine with me because I was treated to an amazing historical mystery thriller, in my opinion, on par with The Alienist, The Dante Club, and the Sebastian St Cyr series.

I love Kerrigan Byrne’s historical voice. The pace perfect for the situation the characters are faci
Samantha W.
This book wasn't that bad, but it also wasn't that good either. Strictly in the just okay lane.

Fiona here was a weird mix of a crime scene cleaner and police consultant. She also dabbled in crime, apparently.

I just felt very meh about this book and the characters. It's sad to be a romance but it isn't. While some groundwork is laid, there's nothing concrete. She has several 'suitors' all of which seem awkward and messy.

I have enjoyed Bryne's historical romances, and I think I'll stick to thos
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