The Great Fire has reduced London to smouldering embers. From the ashes, thief taker Charlie Tuesday is drawn to investigate a string of strange murders. Mutilated corpses are washing up at Deptford, each marked with a dire astrological prediction. But only London’s best crime-solver realises the killer’s deadly offerings will soon unleash a devastating force on England.
With the help of Lily Boswell, a gypsy street-girl with a knife and a grudge, Charlie must find the killer and put a stop to the murders. And by doing so, the Thief Taker will find the man whose terrible destiny is entwined with his, their fates written in the dark stars…~Goodreads Blurb
I don’t typically read books out of order. I find that usually you miss bits and pieces that make up the characters. Drawn in by the cover and the promise of adventure that the blurb had, I made an exception to the rule. I am so glad that I did. Easy to jump into and with enough explanation of our heroes’ previous adventures to get the gist, Dark Stars was a blast. A fun read with some historical background mixed with a good murder mystery, I was hooked. I’m going to have to go back and read the first two books, but if they are held to the same standard I know I’ll have no problem getting into them.
The story does tend to end the chapters on hooks and then repeat themselves when they pick up again. This may simply be a creative choice that I’m not to keen on, but it doesn’t detract from the story. Author C.S. Quinn takes us through Restoration London, just before a massive lunar eclipse. Following clues from their personal history and things they earn along the way our two heroes are facing more than just a killer. Being able to not only see through the heroes’ eyes but also the killer, left me trying to connect the dots within the killer’s mind. Adventure, Murder Mystery, with a side of psycho-analyzing...it’s what makes me happy.
I would recommend this book, and probably the series, to readers who enjoyed The Hangman’s Daughter series, The Robert Langdon mysteries, and even Miss Fisher’s Mysteries. The fun and easy escapism of Quinn’s novel makes this the perfect book to take on a trip, or simply sit and devour in an evening as I did. *Received eBook from NetGalley in exchange for honest review*
C.S. Quinn is a travel and lifestyle journalist for The Times, The Guardian and The Mirror, alongside many magazines. Prior to this, Quinn's background in historic research won prestigious postgraduate funding from the British Art Council. Quinn pooled these resources, combining historical research with first-hand experiences in far-flung places to create The Thief Taker's London.
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