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, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

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 ...
  • Melissa Rose
    When I first came across this book on NetGalley, I decided then and there that A Tale of Two Murders was a book that I needed to read.I am a huge fan of Victorian Era mystery novels such as The Murdoch Mystery Series and the Dody McCleland series, so I figured that I would love this brand new book featuring Charles Dickens as the main protagonist. I was not wrong,I enjoyed every minute of this book. So much so that I purchased the audiobook to ac...
  • 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.
  • OLT
    (I guess one could say this was neither the best nor worst of reads.) I had great expectations when I chose this book. As a big fan of neo-Victorian crime novels, I couldn't resist. Although there have been a few historical mysteries in the past with Dickens as protagonist ( Dan Simmons' DROOD and William Palmer's Mr. Dickens series come to mind), I guess you can never have too many.However, this Redmond book may have been written with the best o...
  • Clare O'Beara
    I very much enjoyed this atmospheric murder mystery starring the young reporter Charles Dickens and the lady he later married. While I noted references to Dickens' later works, they are not delivered in a cutesy kind of way, just naturally arising remarks. A winter dinner party is disrupted by screams from the neighbouring house, where a young woman has been stricken by a mysterious malady. Dickens investigates, and finds links to a poisoning on ...
  • K.
    Trigger warnings: murder, vomit, poisoning, domestic violence, implications of rape (in the past).I was SUPER EXCITED when I found out about this because I'm complete and utter trash for Charles Dickens. And having him investigate a murder? SOLD. Unfortunately, I couldn't quite engage with the story in this one. I mean, I read it. I didn't hate it. But I never felt completely hooked. I pulled out my phone to check Twitter more than I usually woul...
  • Elizabeth Lapp
    I LOVED this. It totally reminded me of those awesome murder mystery dinners, 'who done it' kind of story. Also, I hate to admit, but I have never read anything by Charles Dickens, and this book really has given me some awesome insight about him and his writings, I definitely have added his novels to my TBR list!
  • Anna Lee 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...
  • Cat Tutt
    This book was recommended to me by two trusted sources, so I decided I should give it a read. I requested it from the library and was the first person to get one of the copies when it came in, which I always love. It's not listed as a cozy mystery, though it reads somewhat like a historical cozy mystery. I'm a cozy fanatic, so that gave the book extra brownie points for me. I also love historical fiction, which this one primarily was. The setting...
  • Sarah Loves Books and tea
    Historical mysteryThis was a an intriguing historical mystery full of twists and turns. The story follows a very young Charles Dickens as he and his future wife Kate investigate the suspicious deaths of two young ladies a year apart. I loved the Victorian London setting and the author obviously did her research well as there was so much historical detail. The mystery element was really good as well and I would definitely recommend this if you lik...
  • Rebecca
    I came across this book in the new releases section of the library and grabbed it based solely on the title and cover. It wasn't on the same level as some of my favorite historical mysteries, but it has potential. I found the characters more entertaining than the mystery, but it did not meet my great expectations for a young Charles Dickens. I will likely try the next installment.
  • 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...
  • Lesa
    Heather Redmond launches a new mystery series with Charles Dickens as the amateur sleuth. Dickens, who is working as a journalist, with his eye on a writing career, is a fascinating character in A Tale of Two Murders. It appears that the series will be called "A Dickens of a Crime".Dickens is at dinner with the Hogarths, his editor's family, when they hear women screaming. Dickens, Hogarth, and the eldest Hogarth daughter, Kate, rush next door wh...
  • Waverly Fitzgerald
    I heard from a friend that Redmond really knew her Victorian period and I thought that couldn't possibly be true since I've read so many Victorian mysteries that get it all wrong. So I was delighted by her impressive knowledge of food, transportation, street life, clothing, etc.And the Epiphany cake that opens the first scene! Yum! I've been writing about seasonal holiday traditions for a long time and had never heard of this version of the celeb...
  • Gianna
    I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book. All thoughts and opinions are my own.London,1835. Young Christiana Lugoson feels unwell, and in a matter of hours she perishes, No one is sure why; the girl was healthy and everything seemed fine with her. But, as the story unravels, everyone will sound find that a lot of people could have been involved. Charles Dickens, a then young journalist and aspiring author, is having dinner wi...
  • Tammy Heitmeyer
    This book I feel is just ok. The characters were well developed and three dimensional in my mind's eye. The author did a good job incorporating enough backstory in just the right places to keep the reader in the know. There was a lot of back and forth of who did it and why. But the ending is why I gave it 3 stars. The author just didn't bring it all together in the end. It was cleaned up neat and tidy for William and Julie, but not for Charles an...
  • Judy
    I enjoyed this novel using Charles Dickens and his future wife as the amateur sleuths when a next door neighbor dies in agony during a holiday feast. As they investigate, other deaths seem to be similarly suspicious. There were certainly lots of suspects (too many?) and familial entanglements before the murder is solved when the murderer tries again one too many times. I found the descriptions of life in London in the 1800's beguiling and the rel...
  • 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...
  • Pallavi Sharma
    ****4.0****I found it difficult to get into it for the first 25% of the book. I found the narration hasty when the story started, especially the first death part, which is still a bit dull in my mind. But it is a good mystery book and a nice plot which after 25% kept me busy.
  • Amy
    A Tale of Two Murders, book one of the A Dickens of a Crime series, is a good read. Looking forward to more in the series. 3 1/2 stars.
  • Nichole
    I was delighted to receive a Goodreads giveaway copy of this book. A Tale of Two Murders is a good mystery that kept me guessing. I enjoyed the historical aspects taken from Charles Dickens and the time period, though I would recommend not researching too closely into Dickens and Catherine Hogarth as it might accidentally darken their relationship in the novel for you a bit.
  • Sarah
    3.5/5 Enjoyable ARC from NetGalley
  • 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...
  • Gwen - Chew & Digest Books -
    I am a sucker for historical mysteries that include real-life characters as long as they are well researched. This one was purrfect for me and want #2 already!
  • 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...
  • 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
  • Mal Warwick
    Charles Dickens is England's best-known author after William Shakespeare. In fact, during the peak of his career in the mid-19th century, he was more famous (and far richer) than Shakespeare had ever become in his lifetime.In some ways, Dickens was just as colorful as the characters in his novels. When he was 12, his father was sent to debtors' prison. The boy was forced to leave school. He went to work in a factory pasting labels on pots of boo...