#FridayFreebie : The Bombay Prince – Sujata Massey

Thanks to the lovely people at Allen & Unwin Australia I have one copy of the just released book, The Bombay Prince to give away to an Australian resident.

Description:

The redoubtable Perveen Mistry makes her triumphant return to solve a shocking murder on the streets of 1920s Bombay’Perveen [Mistry] is much more than a sari-clad Miss Marple: she’s Bombay’s first female lawyer as well as a keenly intelligent sleuth, a trail-blazing woman balancing the weight of family tradition with her own dreams . . . a deliciously satisfying read!’ Kate Quinn, The New York Times bestselling author of The Rose Code

November, 1921. Edward VIII, Prince of Wales and future ruler of India, is arriving in Bombay to begin a four-month tour.

The Indian subcontinent is chafing under British rule, and India’s only female lawyer, Perveen Mistry, isn’t surprised when local unrest spirals into riots. But she’s horrified by the death of Freny Cuttingmaster, an eighteen-year-old student who falls from a second-floor gallery just as the prince’s grand procession is passing by her college.

Freny had come for a legal consultation just days before her death, and what she confided makes Perveen suspect that her death was not an accident. When Freny’s death is indeed ruled a murder, Perveen knows she can’t rest until she sees justice done.

‘Fantastic! . . . Anyone who likes Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries will love this.’ Bri Lee, bestselling author of Eggshell Skull, on The Satapur Moonstone

‘Massey has created the best gumshoe of them all – the utterly wonderful, exceptional Perveen Mistry. Bright and brilliantly aware.’ The Maitland Mercury on The Satapur Moonstone

**For your chance to win simple tell me the name of either book one or two in this series ( in the comments). Entries will be randomly selected on the 12th of June 2021. Good luck.**

Post Script: The Taxidermist’s Daughter – Kate Mosse

Crime, punishment, justice.

The Taxidermist's Daughter by Kate Mosse

The Taxidermist’s Daughter

Kate Mosse

Orion Books

Hachette

ISBN: 978140953764

 

Description:

Sussex, 1912. In a churchyard, villagers gather on the night when the ghosts of those who will die in the coming year are thought to be seen. Here, where the estuary leads out to the sea, superstitions still hold sway.

 

Standing alone is the taxidermist’s daughter. At 17, Constantia Gifford lives with her father in a decaying house: it is all that is left of Gifford’s once world-famous museum of taxidermy. The stuffed animals that used to grace every parlour are out of fashion, leaving Gifford a disgraced and bitter man.

 

The bell begins to toll and all eyes are fixed on the church. No one sees the gloved hand pick up a flint. As the last notes fade into the dark, a woman lies dead.

 

While the village braces itself against rising waters and the highest tide of the season, Connie struggles to discover who is responsible, but finds herself under suspicion. Is Constantia who she seems – is she the victim of circumstances or are more sinister forces at work? And what is the secret that lies at the heart of Gifford House, hidden among the bell jars of her father’s workshop?

 

Told over one summer, THE TAXIDERMIST’S DAUGHTER is the haunting new novel from the bestselling author of LABYRINTH, SEPULCHRE, CIDADEL and THE WINTER GHOSTS.

 

 

My View:

A book of lies, secrets and taxidermy – an engaging read. Kate Mosse is a great story teller. This book, sited in 1912 is mysterious and atmospheric and cleverly captures the essence of village life at the time; superstitious, male centred, where money can buy almost anything except redemption.

 

This is a book told from multiple perspectives, predominantly that of Connie who had an accident when she was twelve years old and since has had memory issues. Slowly as the pages turn, Connie starts recollecting small parts of the traumatic event that preceded her loss of memory. This is a narrative of many revelations, scattered with transcriptions from Mrs R Lee’s “Taxidermy: Or the Art of Collecting, Preparing and Mounting Objects of Natural History”, excerpts that foretell the gory demise of the victims in this book.

 

If you like historical fiction, a strong female protagonist, a hint of ghosts and ghouls and superstition peppered with some very gory murders then this book is for you.

 

 

 

Post Script: One Kick – Chelsea Cain

Echoes of Stockholm Syndrome in an action packed narrative.

One Kick (Kick Lannigan, #1)

One Kick

Chelsea Cain

Simon & Schuster

ISBN: 9781476749785

 

Description:

Kick Lannigan, 21, is a survivor. Abducted at age six in broad daylight, the police, the public, perhaps even her family assumed the worst had occurred. And then Kathleen Lannigan was found, alive, six years later. In the early months following her freedom, as Kick struggled with PTSD, her parents put her through a litany of therapies, but nothing helped until the detective who rescued her suggested Kick learn to fight. Before she was thirteen, Kick learned marksmanship, martial arts, boxing, archery, and knife throwing. She excelled at every one, vowing she would never be victimized again. But when two children in the Portland area go missing in the same month, Kick goes into a tailspin. Then an enigmatic man Bishop approaches her with a proposition: he is convinced Kick’s experiences and expertise can be used to help rescue the abductees. Little does Kick know the case will lead directly into her terrifying past…

 

My View:

 

It took me a little while to engage with the protagonist and the narrative – I found the first chapters spoilt by the over the over the top G I Joe action figure known as Bishop who features in this narrative and for a while I was a little confused thinking I was reading a “cosy” mystery rather than the mystery/thriller I was expecting – but only for a little while – then the action started and I was in no doubt what sort of read I was in for –a fast paced, tension filled, explosive narrative with a strong female protagonist who has a gut wrenching personal story of abuse.

Kick Lannigan’s life story is very much a contemporary head lining grabbing example of what we are currently reading so much about in social media today – child abduction, where the victim is missing for many year before escaping or being found. This book will no doubt create much debate and discussion and will be a perfect read for book clubs or individual fans of crime fiction.