A Tale of Two Murders (A Dickens of a Crime #1) by Heather Redmond

A Tale of Two Murders (A Dickens of a Crime #1)

On the eve of the Victorian era, London has a new sleuth . . . In the winter of 1835, young Charles Dickens is a journalist on the rise at the Evening Chronicle. Invited to dinner at the estate of the newspaper's co-editor, Charles is smitten with his boss's daughter, vivacious nineteen-year-old Kate Hogarth. They are having the best of times when a scream shatters the pleasant evening. Charles, Kate, and her father rush to the neighbors' home, w...

Details A Tale of Two Murders (A Dickens of a Crime #1)

TitleA Tale of Two Murders (A Dickens of a Crime #1)
Release DateJul 31st, 2018
PublisherKensington Publishing Corporation
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction

Reviews A Tale of Two Murders (A Dickens of a Crime #1)

  • Linda
    "A very little key will open a very heavy door." (Charles Dickens)Just the right pressure and just the right persistence can shed light on even the darkest of situations. January of 1835 in Brompton, outside of London, ushers in the New Year and adds the age-old desire for an Epiphany celebration. Families dine at their tables whether in abundance or in simple appreciation of even the most meager of a shared meal. Tradition reigns.Heather Redmond...
  • thereadingowlvina (Elvina Ulrich)
    The year is 1835 and the young Charles Dickens is a journalist with the Evening Chronicles newspaper. One evening, while dining at George Hogarth's estate, his editor, they hear a scream and rush over to the Lugoson's home. A pleasant evening turns into a dismal one, when they find the young miss Christiana lying unconscious on the floor and by the next morning, she passed away. Charles later found out that exactly a year ago, a young woman also ...
  • nikkia neil
    Thanks Kensington Books for this ARC. All opinions are my own. Redmond gives us a tale for the ages. Loved her version of Dickens and Kate. As much a murder mystery as a romance and foundation for further stores- its just right.
  • Anna Huber
    Redmond deftly transforms a young Charles Dickens and his future wife, Kate Hogarth, into Victorian sleuths in this first installment of a new series. With meticulous attention to historical details and the known elements of Dickens’s life, A Tale of Two Murders unfolds a complex mystery that cunningly explores how Dickens might have been inspired to write the plot of his most well-known book, A Tale of Two Cities. Sharp, incisive, and delightf...
  • Benjamin Thomas
    The year is 1835 and Charles Dickens, age 22 and a rising young journalist, is having dinner one evening with his boss, William Hogarth (the newspaper’s co-editor), along with the boss’s intriguing 19-year-old daughter, Kate. A scream from the neighbor’s house intrudes upon their delightful evening and when the three rush to determine the source, they discover a Miss Christiana Lugoson lying unconscious. In the morning she is dead. Soon Cha...
  • Dianne Freeman
    I love it when an historical mystery really draws me back to another time. In A Tale of Two Murders, Heather Redmond achieves total immersion into Victorian London. In this first book of her new series, a young Charles Dickens and his future wife, Kate Hogarth set out to unravel a complex mystery involving the deaths of two young women, one year apart. The characters are believable and engaging, their actions true to the era, and the mystery comp...
  • Debbie
    This is a mystery set in 1835 in England. Vivid historical and setting details were woven into the story, making it feel like these events could really have happened. The author tried to stay true to what is known about Charles Dickens' career and lifestyle in his early twenties, but the mystery is fictional. The mood of the story was somber.The characters were interesting and acted realistically, and I cared about what happened to them. The auth...
  • Kimberly Morris
    A Victorian whodunnit with a twist. As a huge fan of Charles Dickens’ (despite the marital scandals throughout his marriage to Catherine Hogarth after ten children together), I thoroughly enjoyed A Tale of Two Murders by Heather Redmond. The reader is introduced to a young Charles Dickens, a budding journalist just beginning his writing career in 1835. The story begins with Charles enjoying an Epiphany dinner at the home of his editor, George H...
  • Minerva Spencer
    I really enjoyed Redmond's version of Charles Dickens. I thought the little touches in this book were genius when it came to transporting me back in time. Charles is always hoping for food--he's a bachelor who doesn't make a lot of money and he's in his 20s, so I ended up rooting for him whenever he'd pay a call--will he get tea and biscuits? Will the tea be watery? Will the bread be stale? There is a sweet romance that develops at a believable p...
  • Danielle Urban
    A Tale of Two Murders by Heather Redmond is a both classic and an exciting mystery. This plot shows us, readers, a young Charles Dickens in love who ends up going after the bad guys. His investigation leads to many suspects. Especially, those in the top circles of society. His lady, Kate helps him get into the top circles to question the possible suspects. I was enchanted with this book. Intrigue, suspense, and a repeat of murders just like in th...
  • Sarah
    Also published on my blog.Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with this ARC.This historical fiction novel and murder mystery is set in 19th century England and features a young Charles Dickens, as he is starting to make his way in the world as a journalist. He is visiting the family of his editor, Mr. Hogarth, one fateful night, when a young neighbouring girl is taken ill and ultimately dies. There is something suspicious about...
  • Duskangelreads
    You can also find this review at www.duskangelreads.comThis review won’t be in my normal format as I find it hard to review mystery books as I don’t want to give anything away!I did really enjoy this book. It literally had me guessing the whole time. I had absolutely no idea who the murder was until that person was confessing at 95% of the way through the book. This book kept me hooked and I was so intrigued by all the characters. There were ...
  • Pamela
    It’s the winter of 1835 and twenty-one-year-old Charles Dickens has his first job, a journalist with the “Evening Chronicle.” When he’s invited to dinner at his boss’ home, he meets his boss’ nineteen-year-old daughter, Kate, and is immediately smitten. During dinner, the pleasant conversation is stopped dead when a scream is heard. Charles and his boss rush outside to find its source. When they rush to the house of the Lugoson family...
  • Jen
    Thanks to NetGalley for an eARC in exchange for an honest review"A Tale of Two Murders" tells the tale of a young Charles Dickens (not yet the well known author, but at the point writing for a local newspaper) investigating the strange death of a young woman living near his editor. He is accompanied by the editor's daughter (and his future spouse) and several other associates and they discover a similar case of another young woman dying in the sa...
  • Chantel DaCosta
    I am conflicted about this style of historical fiction where real people are fictionalised. This is the second book I read this year that employs this method. The first book, The Mitford Murders made me truly uncomfortable. The Tales of Two Murders however was far better executed. We meet a young Charles Dickens struggling to rise above the poverty of his childhood, he is a journalist who is being mentored by the owner of the newspaper he works. ...
  • Katherine
    Charles Dickens, with the assistance of the lovely Kate Hogarth, are the sleuths in this historical mystery! After the death of a young lady, Dickens decides to investigate the mystery of the lady's death. When he discovers another young lady died in the same fashion, one year earlier, he suspects poison is the murder weapon.This story grabbed my attention and held it. What a captivating read! It's well written and moves along at a good pace. Kat...
  • Susan
    On the evening of 6th January 1835, Charles Dickens is having tea with the Hogarth family when a scream is heard. Going to the neighbour's house they find an ill Miss Christiana Lugoson. Who unfortunately by morning will be dead. Suspiciously on the anniversary of a previous death last year. Dickens feels that he must investigate and is helped in his endeavours by Catherine Hogarth.An enjoyable and interesting mystery with thankfully not too much...
  • Joann Maggio
    A Tale of Two Murders ⭐⭐⭐by Heather RedmondA clever idea on the author’s part, combining famous Charles Dickens as a sleuth in 1835.The facts about George Hogarth and his family were quite on spot and the weaving of these characters in this murder melange as I said was clever. I thought the murders where interesting but the story a bit too long. I will, however, read this author again. A Tale of Two Murders ⭐️⭐️⭐️by Heather ...
  • Literary Soirée
    A wonderfully imagined historical mystery with Charles Dickens and his future wife as sleuths. Set in 1830s London and as atmospheric and twisty as all get out! 5/5Thanks to the author, Kensington Books and NetGalley for the review copy. #AtaleOfTwoMurders #NetGalley
  • Sarah
    A delight. A solid murder mystery with some romance—I enjoyed getting to know Mr. Dickens and Kate a little better through this fiction. The story was satisfying and set the stage for more tales to come. I hope to read about further adventures in the future.
  • Denise Fleischer
    Review to follow on gottawritenetwork.wordpress.com
  • Charlotte Pawson
    A nice premise of mixing a murder story with the young life of Charles Dickens and his future wife Kate Hogarth. This brings us a fresh look at Charles young life and his start as a journalist. He is at his bosses house hoping to romance his daughter Kate when screams from the neighbors’ house brings a death. This copies a death the previous year. Charles feels he must investigate with the help of Kate. There are plenty of interesting character...
  • Felicia Allen
    This was pretty good but it seemed to drag. To me it was a little bit overly descriptive and wordy, it was hard to read through it. It was a great story and great p.lot.