Top positive review
Fascinating and riveting read
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 8, 2019
This is a follow up to Speaks the Nightbird, the first in a 5-book series about Matthew Corbett, a most unlikely hero. I don’t typically read historical fiction, but was introduced to the series by my book club. I am ecstatic to have “met” this protagonist.
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.