The Mangle Street Murders - M.R.C. Kasasian - Review

Friday, 23 January 2015

Gower Street, London, 1882: Sidney Grice, London's most famous personal detective, is expecting a visitor. He drains his fifth pot of morning tea, and glances outside, where a young, plain woman picks her way between the piles of horse-dung towards his front door.

March Middleton is Sidney Grice's ward, and she is determined to help him on his next case. Her guardian thinks women are too feeble for detective work, but when a grisly murder in the slums proves too puzzling for even Sidney Grice's encyclopaedic brain, March Middleton turns out to be rather useful after all...

Set in a London still haunted by the spectre of the infamous Spring-heeled Jack, THE MANGLE STREET MURDERS is for those who like their crime original, atmospheric, and very, very funny.

Let me just start by saying, I know this won't be everyone's cup of tea. It is set in London around the time of Jack the Ripper and isn't the usual detective novel. The book doesn't take itself too seriously and, if the story doesn't make you want to keep reading (it will), the humour and characters will.

At first Sidney Grice's character was a little annoying, but you come to sort of like the irritating attributes his voice gives the narrative. March Middleton is a strong, independent character in a time where women were usually seen and not heard. Her strong will and stubbornness plays a large roll in the humour between the two characters. 

I really enjoyed this book. It wasn't overly long, just a little over 300 pages, and I have just found out that it is part of a series. I will definitely be getting the rest of the books as this was an unexpected delight. 

What books are you enjoying at the moment?

Abi xo