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04 October 2022

Under A Veiled Moon by Karen Odden (Tuesday Intros & Teaser Tuesday)


Title: Under A Veiled Moon
Author: Karen Odden
Publication: 11 October 2022 
FormatKindle eARC via Netgalley & Crooked Lane Books

Amazon Description

In the tradition of C. S. Harris and Anne Perry, a fatal disaster on the Thames and a roiling political conflict set the stage for Karen Odden’s second Inspector Corravan historical mystery.

September 1878. One night, as the pleasure boat the Princess Alice makes her daily trip up the Thames, she collides with the Bywell Castle, a huge iron-hulled collier. The Princess Alice shears apart, throwing all 600 passengers into the river; only 130 survive. It is the worst maritime disaster London has ever seen, and early clues point to sabotage by the Irish Republican Brotherhood, who believe violence is the path to restoring Irish Home Rule. 
For Scotland Yard Inspector Michael Corravan, born in Ireland and adopted by the Irish Doyle family, the case presents a challenge. Accused by the Home Office of willfully disregarding the obvious conclusion, and berated by his Irish friends for bowing to prejudice, Corravan doggedly pursues the truth, knowing that if the Princess Alice disaster is pinned on the IRB, hopes for Home Rule could be dashed forever.
Corrovan’s dilemma is compounded by Colin, the youngest Doyle, who has joined James McCabe’s Irish gang. As violence in Whitechapel rises, Corravan strikes a deal with McCabe to get Colin out of harm’s way. But unbeknownst to Corravan, Colin bears longstanding resentments against his adopted brother and scorns his help.
As the newspapers link the IRB to further accidents, London threatens to devolve into terror and chaos. With the help of his young colleague, the loyal Mr. Stiles, and his friend Belinda Gale, Corravan uncovers the harrowing truth—one that will shake his faith in his countrymen, the law, and himself.

Ramble-y Teaserish Stuff

I loved Karen Odden's first Inspector Corravan novel, Down a Dark River, with such extreme fervor that I was actually a bit afraid to read the second. I've been in such a funk about pretty much everything the past few weeks that I was afraid it would tarnish the story for me somehow. I even attempted to break the funk with an escape to Xanth and that only kind of worked. 

Note to Self: grab Odden's other books and hope that they have the same effect because holyomigoodness. I may actually have been more entranced with this book than I was the first (and that one goes onto the "big puffy heart" list for how much I loved it).  Now, I'm hoping that the funk stays away for a good long time (I would be okay with it never coming back), but at least now I know who to turn to if it doesn't.  

I said in August that "Corravan may easily become one of my favorite characters, and Odden one of my favorite historical authors, if the second book in the series (which is currently sitting on my NetGalley shelf calling to me like a Siren) is even half as excellent as this one." 

Mission most definitely accomplished.


"First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros" is from the first paragraph or two of a book being read now (or in the future) and is hosted by Socrates' Book Reviews. 

"Teaser Tuesday" at The Purple Booker asks for a random line or two from anywhere in the book currently being read.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I don't read a lot of historical fiction but, this does have me curious.

Yvonne said...

Not my usual genre but it does sound interesting.

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