I’m a sucker for small town mysteries and when you have a mysterious mansion at the center of it all, well, you’ve got my attention. And this was an enjoyable read, with a likable main character in Kate; she’s a level-headed and unflappable sleuth and romantic interest Josh made for a good sidekick and added a sprinkle of romance. I liked the plot, surrounding a remarkably well-preserved mansion built a century ago by the mysterious Henry Barton and a very unlikable local woman who is found dead on the front steps. The intrigue kept me turning pages, although I feel like the endless rehashing that happened in every chapter killed the pace a little; with a bit of editing, this book would be a lean, mean intrigue machine. As it is, I’m completely sucked into the whole Henry Barton mystery, so I will be back for the second book and can’t wait to watch Kate’s vision for the town evolve into a reality.
If you like historical (in this case Victorian) murder mysteries whether solved or not, this is an interesting way to learn of some famous and not so famous cases. Straddling both sides of the pond, this books covers serial killers from Jack the Ripper and H. H. Holmes to the assassination of President Garfield and a few average cases. Told in simple but stunning illustrations, this is a beautifully done graphic novel about inelegant happenings in what most people see as a very elegant time.
While none of the pictures were gruesome, thankfully (even true of the Ripper story), the dark black drawing on a white surface could at times be quite chilling. In fact there were moments during the Holmes story that I could not take close facial shots of the man himself. They sent shivers down your spine.
This was an interesting and unique way to learn in depth knowledge of several crimes I'd heard about. If Victorian murders interest you, I recommend giving this book a look.
Tag 23 – Das Buch in deinem Regal, das die wenigsten Seiten hat
Hm. Das hier?
Sehr, sehr ... seltsam.
Der Zeichenstil ist nicht so recht mein Geschmack. Die Figuren haben alle so Streifen im Gesicht, dass es aussieht als hätten sie Schnurrhaare. :)
Und der Text ist schlecht lesbar ...
War zum Glück nicht teuer ;)