Byrne, Kerrigan. The Business of Blood. [United States]: Oliver-Heber Books, 2019.
Paperback | $9.99 USD | ISBN-13: 978-1700310286 | 296 pages | Historical Mystery
I received a copy of this book from the author in a giveaway and have voluntarily chosen to post a review. All opinions are my own.
The Business of Blood is perhaps Kerrigan Byrne at her best. Known for her dark, atmospheric, writing style, it’s almost mind boggling that she didn’t write a historical mystery sooner. And now that she has, it definitely delivers, presenting all the intensity readers may expect from her books, but in a slightly different way.
I enjoyed the heroine, Fiona. I love her devotion to getting justice for her slain friend by finding Jack the Ripper, ending up mixed up in solving a similar murder. And the way she is connected to the “business” of murder through her occupation was both “fun” (if you can call it that?) and interesting.
There were a ton of twists and turns, leading up to the great reveal of the bad guy. I’m definitely anxious to see how her further adventures unfold, given the way this one ends.
This is a unique historical mystery, utilizing the atmosphere of Victorian London during the time of the Ripper murders to create an engaging story.