The Queen of Bedlam: A Matthew Corbett Novel, Book 2 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
His epic masterwork Speaks the Nightbird, a tour de force of witch hunt terror in a colonial town, was hailed by Sandra Brown as "deeply satisfying...told with matchless insight into the human soul."
Now, Robert McCammon brings the hero of that spellbinding novel, Matthew Corbett, to 18th-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity - and over Matthew's own uncertain destiny.
The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with the slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to a volatile mystery...and when the Masker claims a new victim, hardworking young law clerk Matthew Corbett is lured into a maze of forensic clues and heart-pounding investigation that will both test his natural penchant for detection and inflame his hunger for justice.
In the strangest twist of all, the key to unmasking the Masker may await in an asylum where the Queen of Bedlam reigns - and only a man of Matthew's reason and empathy can unlock her secrets. From the seaport to Wall Street, from society mansions to gutters glimmering with blood spilled by a deviant, Matthew's quest will tauntingly reveal the answers he seeks - and the chilling truths he cannot escape.
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|Listening Length||23 hours and 23 minutes|
|Author||Robert R. McCammon|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 29, 2012|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #29,788 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#407 in Historical Mysteries (Audible Books & Originals)
#927 in Crime Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,235 in Historical Thrillers (Books)
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The Queen of Bedlam continues the storyline of an unassuming but very clever legal clerk named Matthew Corbett. This book is set in New York at the dawn of the 18th century. An avid chess player, Mr. Corbett has an uncanny ability to “solve problems”, and, as such, he finds himself in a new career as a junior associate of what we would consider to be a private investigation firm in today’s times.
His sleuthing activities lead him on numerous perilous journeys, which kept this reader mesmerized. The characters met along the way are unforgettable, and the interwoven storylines are breathtaking.
Yes, there is violence - some of it downright gruesome - but the violence is indicative of the times and is always germaine to the story at hand. In other words, the violence is not gratuitous. I can live with that!
I heartily recommend this book (as well as the first in the series) for an educational, enlightening and enjoyable read.
The colorful characters, the series of unlikely coincidences, Matthew’ luck and his deducing talents make this book almost a fantasy read. They also make it a page turner never letting reader to catch a breath between chapters. The author has a way of describing people and scenery that makes it very easy to visualize all of them. And once the vivid images started popping in my mind I was hooked. I read every chapter with unwavering attention, including some quite bloody ones toward the end, the kind that I usually skip through. It helped a little to know that there are other books in this series so Matthew will survive his ordeals ;).
This is a second book in the series but it stands on its own. Except for the very beginning when Matthew’ behavior seems dimwitted. But this part allows author to remind a reader about Matthew’ past.
Absolutely loved the first one in this series and loved this book a great deal I would definitely. recommend it.
I mostly dwell in the mystery genre but all of my favorite books of all time are historicals. This book spans both, mystery and historical. It's a serial killer loose in the fledgling city of New York in the early 1700's. The setting carries equal weight to a main character which I absolutely love and require in my historicals. The language and syntax has just enough flavor of the time period to really make it work well.
I also like a book that leads me one way with motivation and then does a hard shift to keep to knock me off the track I had been on. That happened in the farm battle. The person I thought that would come to the rescue did not factor in at all. Yet it was motivated that he would. Another character who had been motivated in a different direction saved Mathew. I know this might sound like I'm talking in circles but I don't want to give away any spoilers.
After writing this I have talked myself into five stars. Maybe I was being unfair by comparing this one to the first one in the series. I will definitely continue on with the series and continue to highly recommend these books.
David Putnam author of the Bruno Johnson series.
Top reviews from other countries
In Robert McCammon’s second book featuring Matthew Corbett, the young clerk is faced with several challenges, not least discovering who is going around slashing throats. As with ‘Sings the Night Bird’ the story is riveting from start to finish and demonstrates the author’s skill as a consummate storyteller. The plot weaves together numerous storylines, pitching its hero against a talented swordsman, a cross-dressing Govenor and old enemy Eben Ausley, as well as throwing him into a possible romance with his new landlord’s daughter.
The language, as always, is perfect and paints a vivid picture of early New York, as well as the vagaries and occasionally murderous habits of its inhabitants. A fascinating and thrilling read from the first page to the last.
Set in growing colony town of New York in 1702, it continues the story of the young clerk, Matthew Corbett, (whose story begins in Speaks The Nightbird, though prior knowledge of his activities is not required). The town is terrified because of the activities of a violent murderer (and possibly serial killer) nicknamed The Masker. This is only the beginning of an exquisitely written authentically detailed historical thriller which grows more and more complex as the highly intelligent Corbett begins to investigate the dark secrets of the new society and the dark and dangerous world in which he lives. It is populated with a number of vivid and fascinating characters who range from the kindly and the charming to the deepest black. It is stunningly inventive with a rich use of language and vernacular and a plot that twists and turns in many unexpected directions.
I really don't want to say to much otherwise I might spoil the many pleasures that this rich and readable novel possesses. Perhaps it's best if I end this review by saying I read this book on holiday and within hours of my return (and about half an hour before writing this review) had ordered the third in the series which was published earlier this year.
A beautifully written story and I'll definitely continue with this series.