Silk Book Review

Silk Book Review

Title: Silk
Author: Chris Karlsen
Published: 2016, Books to Go Now
No. of Pages: 301
Cover Price: Kindle $2.99

Silk, is the first in the Bloodstone Series of historical thrillers by Chris Karlsen. Set in England during /the Victorian era, Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone is searching for a serial killer who strangles his victim with a silk scarf. The first murder is of Isabeau, mistress to Viscount William Everhard, who isn’t particularly upset over the loss, and is looking for a new mistress to replace her. Bloodstone has difficulty finding clues due to the social customs of the day which prevent him from questioning the gentry. As more murders occur, Bloodstone breaches etiquette and starts questioning people close to royalty, and gets himself into some trouble.

Karlsen has done an excellent job of making her characters come to life. She has also done her research into Victorian England, which makes the story not only interesting, but also emphasizes the mores of the period and the differences between common people and the aristocracy. She also captures the mindset of some members of the aristocracy, who not only deem themselves better than commoners, but also think they are above the law. Bloodstone’s patience and determination, however, pay off, but not before several similar murders take place.

Although the story is good and interesting, there is an overabundance of graphic sex and sexual innuendo along with profanity, making this novel unsuitable for many, especially young adults. It is reminiscent of romance novels without the romance, but with the explicit sex. Silk is not recommended for readers who are offended by sex and language.

Special thanks to NetGalley for supplying a review copy of this novel.

This book is available from Amazon
Silk (The Bloodstone Series) (Volume 1)

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