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I was born in Barcelona and have lived in the UK for many years now. I'm a writer, translator (English-Spanish and vice-versa) and I'm a medical doctor and worked in Forensic Psychiatry many years. I also have a BA and a PhD in American Literature and Film, and a Masters in Criminology. I've always loved books and apart from writing them I review them often. I write a bit of everything, check my books for more information and my about page for links. My blog is bilingual, English and Spanish.

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  1. Hi Olga. It sounds like so many of my favorite things rolled into one. Would love to read.
    It sounds like the second in a series, yet the first in a related series? Have I got that right?
    Well, you know I have a lot on my mind, so I’m probably not thinking clearly. Thanks for another spot-on review. Hugs.

    1. Hi, Teagan. Thanks for the comment. And it’s not you. I don’t think I made myself clear. The whole truth is that I read this novel a while back when I was helping with the selection for a historical novel award. Due to that I had to reply to a number of questions but we were not supposed to reveal we were helping the jury or what our opinion was. I still felt bad about not leaving a review, so I wrote a brief one without going into too many details. It is the second novel in the series, but the first one I read (in the series and by the author), although it can be read independently. I must admit I was intrigued about the characters, and I’m sure people who’d read the first one would enjoy revisiting them again. Reading the biography of the author, and considering she writes murder mystery weekends in the area where I live (when I am in the UK), I must try and catch up with one of them. They’ve always sounded fun to me but have yet to manage to go on one. I hope things get better this week, dear Teagan.

  2. The history of the early police force in London, The Bow Street Runners, is interesting in that they were very different in structure to the Metropolitan Police, which followed in 1829. They acted on Judge’s (like Henry Fielding) warrants mostly, operating all over the country. They were paid a share of rewards as well as a salary, and although small in number formed the basis of what might be regarded to be a national police force. There was also a night duty Foot Patrol, and a Horse Patrol that operated along the main roads around the city.
    It is a good subject for Karen’s novel, though perhaps I might be more interested in a non-fiction account of their actual exploits.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, Pete. I remember reading about all those as part of my Criminology course, although we didn’t spend huge amounts of time on history (we read more about the laws than the police forces, although I’m sure that was because I chose Criminal Justice. There were plenty of members of the police force in the course studying the law enforcement side of things). This novel definitely goes down the entertainment path for sure, but it does it well and it’s an interesting subject and background. Have a great week.

  3. The theatrical connection and the fact that I’m rather getting into historical mystery fiction means that I shall certainly be buying this book! Thank you for giving your slant on it, Olga. If you haven’t read Claire Tomalin’s Mrs Jordan’s Profession: The Story of a Great Actress and a Future King, it’s a must. She was actually Dorothea Jordan, often shortened to Dora, which was the moniker she preferred.

    1. Thanks, Sarah. It seems your comment finally made it, although it was in the spam folder. I added the information to the post and corrected the spelling. The book you recommend sounds fantastic (well, all of the writer’s do). I might try and see if I can find it on paper when I’m back in the UK (I know I could order it too, but I love rummaging around second-hand bookstores). 😉

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