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An intriguing detective series featuring Charles Dickens Perfect for fans of Sherlock Holmes Victorian crime mysteries A Christmas Carol and David Copperfield A brutal murder in Victorian London forces a famous writer to solve the mystery London 1849 Charles Dickens has set up Urania Cottage as a sanctuary for fallen women But he is shocked when the matron’s assistant – Patience Brooke – is found hanging outside the property co. This is a very well researched historical mystery which includes Charles Dickens as its main character A lot is known about Dickens life and much of this book is based on fact He did indeed found Urania House for fallen women and as a child he did work in a blacking factory under awful conditions while his family lived in debtor s prison He knew about the social issues of the time and of course he wrote about them extensivelyIn The Murder of Patience Brooke one of the girls at Urania House is found murdered and Dickens helps his friend Superintendent Sam Jones investigate the case The author creates the atmosphere of old London beautifully A dark foggy night in the back alleys of the poorer parts of the city must have been truly scary Many of the characters are drawn in such a way that they could be inspirations for Dickens when he writes his books I thought the whole thing was done extremely well and enjoyed it very much I will certainly be looking out for the next book

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The Murder of Patience Brooke

Brooke’s troubled past Or will the killer strike again The Murder of Patience Brooke is the first urban mystery in J C Briggs' literary historical series the Charles Dickens investigations a traditional British detective series set in Victorian LondonThe Charles Dickens Investigations Series BOOK ONE The Murder of Patience Brooke BOOK TWO Death at Hungerford Stairs BOOK THREE Murder by Ghostlight BOOK FOUR The uickening and the De. Mr Dickens you must come immediately Patience Brooke is dead this night Set in Victorian London in 1849 the discovery of Patience Brooke s body hanging outside Urania Cottage has Mrs Georgiana Morson matron of the cottage writing to Charles Dickens She asks him to attend and to bring his friend Superintendent Sam Jones of Bow Street as well Patience Brooke was Mrs Morson s assistant at Urania Cottage established by Charles Dickens and Miss Angela Burdett Coutts as a sanctuary for fallen woman A murder of one of the Cottage s inhabitants could undermine the good work being done there Charles Dickens is desperate to protect the reputation of Urania Cottage and to prevent a scandal from spreadingA description of a man with a crooked face and a fragment of a song overheard seem to be the only clues Thrown on the wide world doom d to wander and roam Bereft of my parents bereft of my home Little was known about Patience Brooke s past Initially Superintendent Jones and Charles Dickens keep the murder from the public telling those that they interview that Patience Brooke is missing Their search for the killer takes them into many unsavoury parts of Victorian London and involves several interesting well crafted characters The London fog has its own part to play in the storyHaving started with a perfectly plausible reason for Charles Dickens s involvement in the murder investigation Ms Briggs has him reflecting on his life and books he has written We see aspects of his domestic life his concerns for his family and gathering observations for new works At the same time he and Superintendent Jones are following possible leads which have them travelling around London in search of the killer Identifying the killer is one step locating the killer is anotherI really enjoyed this novel which is the first in a series I enjoyed the descriptions of Victorian London the portrayal of Charles Dickens as both man and author almost as much as the murder mystery itself I m looking forward to the next novelNote My thanks to NetGalley and Sapere Books for providing me with a free electronic copy of this book for review purposesJennifer Cameron Smith

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Vered in blood Desperate to protect the reputation of the Home and to stop a scandal from spreading Dickens takes the investigation into his own hands With the help of his good friend Superintendent Sam Jones of Bow Street and a description of the suspect as ‘a man with a crooked face’ Dickens's search takes him deep into the filthy slums of Victorian London Can Dickens save his reputation Will he find out the secrets of Patience. Author J C Briggs captures the ambience of fog bound Victorian London admirably in this very readable thriller In addition she mixes fact with fiction and in doing so paints an excellent portrait of Charles Dickens who very much comes alive on the pagesThe plot centres around Dickens Home for Fallen Women or Uranian Cottage where one of the inhabitants is discovered brutally murdered Dickens calls in his friend Superintendent Jones and between them they begin investigatingBut the reason for the murder and importantly the perpetrator of the crime are both a mystery and the they dig the confused the whole plot becomes They eventually get a break and by a process of impressive deduction they narrow the murderer down to one man But why has he committed the murderAnd where is he Before they are able to find him there are other murders so the investigation takes on a sinister turn The clues begin to mount up for the duo and for the reader to try to spot and after much heartache they get on the track of the killer An exciting climax emerges and a startling ending transpiresDickens and Jones end up asleep on the train journey back to the capital where both will resume their everyday life Dickens as the inimitable writer that he was and Jones back at Bow Street that is until the next case emerges


10 thoughts on “The Murder of Patience Brooke

  1. says:

    This is a very well researched historical mystery which includes Charles Dickens as its main character A lot is known about Dickens' life and much of this book is based on fact He did indeed found Urania House for 'fallen women' and

  2. says:

    This was a dream of a book and the writing was just so beautiful and so evocative of the time period that I felt as if I had travelled back in a time machine to Victorian London It's clear that the author has put

  3. says:

    The Murder of Patience Brooke the first novel in J C Briggs's Charles Dickens Investigations series is part historical fiction part murder mystery set in bustling Victorian London Originally released in 2012 it sets up for the two books to come both featuring Charles Dickens as an intrepid and highly observant investigator as he teams up with Superintendent Jones from Bow Street police You can tell that Briggs loves Dickens and has extens

  4. says:

    I would like to thank Sapere Books for a review copy of The Murder of Patience Brooke the first novel to feature author Charles Dickens as a detective in 1849 LondonWhen assistant housekeeper Patience Brooke is found tied to the railings of Urania House with her throat cut the housekeeper sends immediately for Charles Dickens who

  5. says:

    This is the first in a 5 part series with Charles Dickens as a detective but it wasn't my cup of tea The author clearly knows a lot about Mr Dickens and the Victorian era and there's a lot of historical fact mixed with the

  6. says:

    Author J C Briggs captures the ambience of fog bound Victorian London admirably in this very readable thriller In addition she mixes fact with fiction and in doing so paints an excellent portrait of Charles Dickens who very much comes alive on

  7. says:

    ‘Mr Dickens you must come immediately Patience Brooke is dead this night’Set in Victorian London in 1849 the discovery of Patience Brooke’s body hanging outside Urania Cottage has Mrs Georgiana Morson matron of the cottage writing to Charles Dickens She asks him to attend and to bring his friend Superintendent Sam Jones of Bow Street as well Patience Brooke was Mrs Morson’s assistant at Urania Cottage established by Charles Dicke

  8. says:

    Published in 2014 JC Briggs' The Murder of Patience Brooke is the first instalment of the Charles Dickens and Superintendent Jones saga a series of books in which Dickens is reimagined as a detective like figure Briggs makes good use of her knowledge of Dickens' social consciousness and not so secret fondness for detective anecdotes to craft

  9. says:

    The Murder of Patience Brooke the first novel in J C Briggs's Charles Dickens Investigations series is part historical fiction part Victorian murder mystery In this series Charles Dickens poses an a highly observant investigator who teams up

  10. says:

    This is the first in a series of novels featuring Charles Dickens and his prowess as an amateur detective It is set in Victorian London and includes freuent descriptions of routes around the city Whilst this might enhance the reading for those who know the geography of the city I did find it slightly irritating and a bit of a distractionThe story hinges on the murder of a young lady who had been lodging at a home supported by Dickens initia

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