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I loved the story. Be it the relationship that Flo shares with Mary, or Flo's helpful nature, or the Cholera outbreak and how it affected people, Trent has done an excellent job in keeping her readers hooked on to the story. Rating: 4. An intriguing historical mystery starring Florence Nightingale. Christine Trent brings a number of historical people and events into play in her latest Nightingale story. Interestingly both Nightingale and Dr John Snow, a bit player in the novel, were both early practitioners of data science and visualization. I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book.
All thoughts and opinions are my own. I didn't know this book is second in a series, but that didn't hinder my understanding. A Murderous Malady is a story about Florence Nightingale. It's a bit historical fiction and a bit fact based. It's a very intriguing story. The characters are likeable and engaging. It's a good read overall. Oct 24, Bonnye Reed rated it it was amazing Shelves: mystery-british , aread , kindle-or-pdf , historical-british. Christine Trent has a couple of series of historical British mysteries going - one whose main protagonist is Violet Morgan, a wife who takes over her husband's undertaking business, and this series, of which this novel, A Murderous Malady features a private detective written in the persona of Florence Nightingale, along with several other actual public characters of that time period.
All of her mysteries are completely stand-alone, though there are several characters that recur throughout the se Christine Trent has a couple of series of historical British mysteries going - one whose main protagonist is Violet Morgan, a wife who takes over her husband's undertaking business, and this series, of which this novel, A Murderous Malady features a private detective written in the persona of Florence Nightingale, along with several other actual public characters of that time period.
All of her mysteries are completely stand-alone, though there are several characters that recur throughout the series. The backgrounds and descriptive passages are completely authentic.
I want to read all of these books by Christine Trent. A Murderous Malady takes place in London in the summer of , in the Soho district, and in Florence's hospital in Marylebone where she also lives, The Establishment for the Temporary Illness of Gentlewomen, but also in the fine home of the Secretary of War Sidney Herbert and his wife Liz, who is Florence's dear friend. Visiting the Herbert home is the father of Liz, Lieutenant General Charles a'Court, who is a life-long member of her Majesty's military, given the colonelcy of the 41st Welsh Regiment of Foot in Sidney is attempting to sort out the beginning of the war in Crimea.
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A lot going on, but the tale is easily followed. Elizabeth and her father are riding to the British Museum by way of Soho, a festering slum with a current spreading outbreak of cholera. Their open carriage is attacked by a man on foot, he screams insults at Liz before he is shoved off by the coachman.
Almost immediately several shots are fired from the crowded street. Liz is a near miss, the shot cutting a flower from her hat. The coachman, Josh Pagg, is killed. The carriage quickly carries them out of danger thanks to the fast reactions of the family tiger, Isaac Bent riding at the rear of the carriage. But no one seems to know who was the actual target of the attack, nor who made the decision to access the British Museum through dangerous Soho nor could they follow the logic of how their route would be known to the assassin.
All mysteries placed in the hand of friend Florance and her side-kick and note taker Mary Clarke, the widow of Florance's tutor in her youth. Also, as the city is in the grips of a cholera epidemic, Florence is involved in her own hospital's needs and upgrading the Middlesex Hospital to cover the needs of their many patients.
Also with the aid of the Reverend Henry Whitehead and Doctor John Snow, a London doctor who treats both the inhabitants on Soho and the royal family, Florence is busy charting the outbreaks of cholera in an effort to pinpoint the cause of the disease. Florence Nightingale is a very busy woman. But can she do it all? I have read this book of my own volition and this review reflects my honest opinion of this work. Nov 17, Sarah Perchikoff rated it liked it. Florence Nightingale solves crimes.
Do I need to say more?? That is exactly what this book and this series is about. Once again, because I never check anything beforehand, this is the second book in the series and I haven't read the first one. Is this the third or fourth time this has happened? I have no clue. I just can't believe it keeps happening!! But enough about that. Let's get to the review! Synopsis from Goodreads : Cholera has broken out in London, but Florence Nightingale has bigger pro Florence Nightingale solves crimes.
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Synopsis from Goodreads : Cholera has broken out in London, but Florence Nightingale has bigger problems when people begin dying of a far more intentional cause—murder. Now, Florence is in a race against time—not only to save the victims of a lethal disease, but to foil a murderer with a disturbingly sinister goal. A Murderous Malady starts off with Florence trying to figure out who attacked her good friend, Liz, and Liz's father the General in their carriage on their way to the British Museum. They don't know if they were attacked because of Liz's husband's duties as the Secretary at War, because of her father, the General, or because of Liz herself.
Liz and her husband, Sidney, put Florence on the case and she takes to the streets of Soho and Liz's own household to figure out who could be responsible for the attack.
But that's not the only thing Florence has to deal with. Cholera has also come to London and as one of the best nurses in the city, she must take care of the many residents in her hospital and also must make sure other hospitals are running efficiently as well they are not!! Florence and her companion, Mary witness awful deaths but also a few spectacular recoveries.
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With the disease spreading across London and time seemingly running out to find out who the attacker is, Florence and Mary must go where ladies of their station are rarely seen. They witness the despair of poverty and the brutality of the pubs in Soho. But despite Mary's hesitance, Florence is ready to step into just about any situation and use her wits and intellect to talk the clues she needs out of the people of London. I have to say, I was expecting more of this book. While the story was good and intriguing at points, it didn't pull me in as much as I expected.
I wanted a little more depth to all the characters but especially from Florence. Yes, there were allusions to a life beyond nursing but we never get to really see it. The one friendship we do get to see is between Florence and Mary or as Florence calls her, Goose. I really enjoyed their adventures together through Soho, either helping people or interviewing them. The bond between them is clear. But beyond that and Florence's nursing, I wanted more.
More of Florence than just the caregiver and the fixer of everyone's problems. I wanted a bit more action as well, but I really wanted to be immersed into these characters' lives and I felt like I was only just skimming the surface. Maybe it was that the mystery didn't seem urgent enough.
A Murderous Malady by Christine Trent
No one that we had gotten to know had died because of this attack. Just a coachman who we learned almost nothing about. I never suspected them. Overall, A Murderous Malady was a good read, but not as good as I expected. I am giving it 3 out of 5 stars. If Florence Nightingale solving crimes sounds like something you can't pass up, give it a shot. You might like it better than I did.
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Not for a long time. Nov 02, Robin rated it it was amazing. The servant dies and the only clue are three oddly marked dice. Florence is sure deciphering the code scratched into the dice is key, and she goes about finding out what happened. In this novel, Florence encounters a Dr. Snow and a Rev. Whitehead, both of whom were ultimately responsible for tracing and proving that the cholera outbreak in the novel and in real life stemmed from an infected water main.
This novel was a completely compelling and enjoyable read, one that had me both wondering who killed the carriage driver, but even more interestingly, what caused the cholera outbreak. Trent is a deft writer, skilled at illuminating her chosen time period via character and setting, so the history part is in equal partnership to the narrative. I literally can hardly wait for the next installment in the series, which will find Florence and her team of nurses on the way to Scutari. Jan 30, Ameya rated it liked it.
The famous English nursing pioneer lived from 12 May until 13 August It was only when I began reading this book that I learnt this fact, making me fear that a historical treatise would take precedence over the mystery. This fear was realised. The book seems more of a history lesson than a murder mystery, which is educational and illuminating, while at the same time makes the pages drag. There are inconsistencies in the use of English that could perhaps have benefitted from more stringent editing.
But with padding and purple prosing thrown in. There are redundant verbs e. His nouns and verbs are inverted, e.