Hi there Bumble Nation. I’d like to take a quick sec to say a huge thank you to @seventhstreetbooks @prometheusbooks and @penguinbooks for this ARC. 🐝 Friends. I couldn’t put this book down. I was so mad when I had to stop reading it and go to work. And even then, I thought about this story every chance I had. As you know, I love learning about things as I read, whether it is fiction or non fiction. This was a hybrid of both it seems. Historical fiction is my go to genre, mystery, a close runner up. If you couple that with my obsession with true crime then this book could’ve been written just for me. “A Knife In the Fog,” by Bradley Harper grabbed me and wouldn’t let go. This is “a work of fiction, though mostly grounded in fact,” novel about Jack the Ripper and his notorious murder spree. I was enthralled by the author’s angle of including Arthur Conan Doyle in his own detective role. I was also completely infatuated with the other characters, Dr. Joseph Bell and Mary Harkness. The characters wove together with the ease of Sherlock and Watson. Ms. Harkness was a refreshing splash of feminism in an age dominated by the patriarchy. I so enjoyed their banter and combined brain power. More so than that, I was so intrigued by this time in history and I will continue learning about the infamous reign of Jack the Ripper in London (I knew only his alias when I started this book). What a heinous thing he was. The deliberate cruelness and clear joy it brought him to kill, makes me revulsively shiver even now. These were grisly crimes and terrifying times to be sure. I’m grateful I got the chance to read this novel. It has recently been published, I believe, and if you enjoy historical fiction that is based largely if fact, this will work for you. It was clever and captivating. I applaud Bradley Harper for taking a refreshing angle to Arthur Conan Doyle and his work. I’m so excited that this is slated to be a series! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝 from me!
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