Book Giveaway & Review: The Devil's Ribbon by D.E. Meredith
Posted on Oct 31 2011 at 01:18:01 PM in Books
Although The Devil’s Ribbon is Book #2 in the Hatton & Roumande series, I haven’t read the first book and still found that Book #2 works just fine as a stand-alone novel.
It’s 1858 and London is experiencing a nasty cholera outbreak among its poorest residents, the Irish. No one knows what causes cholera, although there are a lot of theories floating around so no one knows how to stop it until it’s run its course. The Irish had come to London in droves when the famine hit a decade before and were forced by their circumstances to live in the slums, a perfect breeding ground for disease. This latest outbreak is just part of a long line of tragedies to strike the Irish.
Professor Adolphus Hatton and his excellent chief diener, Albert Roumande, are up to their eyeballs in cholera victims in addition to their regular autopsy subjects at St. Bart’s Hospital. Hatton is a strong advocate of, and expert in, the science of forensics, which is only on the verge of becoming accepted. He and Roumande work diligently to document every aspect of death which could potentially be used to help them advance the science and to help not only learn more about disease but to also help them catch murderers in the future. It’s hard to imagine a time when so little was known about diseases. It’s also hard to imagine when fingerprinting and forensics were not a normal part of criminal investigations but both are in their infancy during this period. Read the rest of my review & enter the giveaway at http://popcornreads.com/?p=2146