Just gonna copy and paste this for all backlogged reviews lol:
Oh, look, another backlogged ARC review. I know. Shocking.
October was the month we moved, and November I was still trying to tame the chaos of the new house, and I was also sick for like two weeks lol. Anyway, onto my review!
A ship adrift, all hands dead. A lighthouse keeper murdered in the night. The Crown needs man to find the truth. Doctor Mungo Lyon, his reputation tarnished by the Burke & Hare scandal, and forbidden to practise as a surgeon, is the wrong man.
That’s exactly why the Crown chose him.
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Holy cow, I’m surprised by how much I loved this!! I hated not being able to snatch it up sooner, like I feel so silly for not just kick away the rest of my tbr for this before it actually published. Alas, being overwhelmed is never a good look so here we are, a little late to the part.
This is the start of a new character of the hour, Mungo Lyon, a doctor turned to espionage. You may wonder how he got to such a different place as far as careers go and I have to say the answer was amazing. His mentor purchased bodies for students….off…Burke & Hare. If you don’t know about these guys, they were two murderers in Edinburgh who killed people to sell to/for science as a fresh body was always in need to teach.
Due to this association, Dr. Lyon’s surgeon’s career is bleak, but there comes a chance to change his fate and he decides to jump right in.
And as he decides to go forward, trouble trails closely behind him.
Seriously, I felt for poor Mungo, he just never caught a break.
This means the novel was definitely fast-paced, plot-driven and full of adventure and mystery.
This also means this was a perfect read for me the lover of mystery and …okay let’s face it, I love lots of things and lots of books just like the rest of you. Anyway! It was honestly such a fantastic read for me and I loved the characters we were introduced to. There were secret societies, spying, Burke & Hare ‘lore,’ and the delicious historical background!
The mystery of it all was steeped in the sort of secret society mythology that I always love. There’s even adventures on the seas. And I loved reading about Scotland in all its beauty, but I may be biased.
This read gets 4.5/5 cups of hot chocolate from me, and I would like to thank Sandstone Press for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. I cannot wait to read the next Dr. Lyon book!