Murder and Enlightenment: A Whitechapel Story


Obtained from:  Amazon on October 18, 2012
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Author:         Anthony Carbis
Genre:          Fiction - Thriller
Format:         Kindle
Reviewer:       Charlie Kravetz
Stars:          5/5

This review is for the Kindle edition ebook.

A thriller that will sneak up and grab your interest and then it wants to hang on to you.

The detective, the criminals, revenge, and history combine to make a good book. Chi ju-long really dislikes London, but comes to town to take revenge for an mistake that happened 40 years ago. The mastermind criminal disguised as a detective is caught up in the scheme when the son of a man he sent to prison meets the Chinese man. All of this happens in 1890 or so, with an interesting look at London in those days.

The story started out a little slow for me, however, when it picked up speed, I was glad I kept reading. The descriptions of London in the late 1800’s were fascinating to me. The descriptions were good enough to help me imagine being there and walking those streets with the characters of the book. The idea that the mastermind criminal stole from the rich, then returned most of their items was great! There were a couple of parts of the story where it seemed redundant, and yet there was enough in this book to keep me reading to the end.

Anthony Carbis wrote this as a psychological thriller set in London in the late 1800’s. As such, it succeeds very well. The author appears to have a good knowledge of his subject, and keeps the story interesting.

Those who enjoy thrillers will love this book. It does not start with a bang, but builds up and then keeps the reader thinking about the possibilities presented in it. I would like to read a followup on this book.