Format Hardcover
Publication Date 12/04/18
ISBN 9781681778754
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.1 in / 384

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The Blood

A Jem Flockhart Mystery

E. S. Thomson

In a hunt that takes Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain through the harrowing streets of Victorian London to the dangers of the seamen's floating hospital, The Blood, they will endeavor to solve a dark and terrible new mystery.

Summoned to the riverside by the desperate, scribbled note of an old friend, Jem Flockhart and Will Quartermain find themselves onboard the seamen's floating hospital, an old hulk known only as The Blood, where prejudice, ambition, and murder seethe beneath a veneer of medical respectability.

On shore, a young woman, a known prostitute, is found drowned in a derelict boatyard. A man leaps to his death into the Thames, driven mad by poison and fear. The events are linked—but how? Courting danger in the opium dens and brothels of the waterfront, certain that The Blood lies at the heart of the puzzle, Jem and Will embark on a quest to uncover the truth. In a hunt that takes them from the dissecting tables of a private anatomy school to the squalor of the dock-side mortuary, they find themselves involved in a dark and terrible mystery.

E. S. Thomson has a Ph.D. in the history of medicine and works as a university lecturer in Edinburgh. Her work has been shortlisted for the Saltire First Novel Award and the Scottish Arts Council First Book Award. Beloved Poison was shortlisted for the Scottish Crime Novel of the Year Award, and Dark Asylum was longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Historical Dagger Award. Elaine lives in Edinburgh with her two sons.

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Endorsements & Reviews

“London apothecary Jem Flockhart tackles two cases in Thomson’s standout third Victorian mystery. While the puzzle element of the plot is first-rate, what really distinguishes Thomson’s work is her depiction of London’s poor. Readers will eagerly await Jem’s next outing.” Publishers Weekly (starred)
“Not for the fainthearted, this riveting mystery is similar in theme to Lawrence Goldstone’s Anatomy of Deception and Ambrose Parry’s The Way of All Flesh.” Booklist (starred)
“Thomson's third Jem Flockhart mystery is grim but compelling, with a righteous heroine you can't help but root for.” Kirkus Reviews
“After a while the Grand Guignol effects start to get under your skin?unless that’s just the ­leeches crawling out of their jar.” Marilyn Stasio New York Times Book Review [praise for the Jem Flockhart Mystery Series]
“A beautifully dark portrait of Victorian London that Charles Dickens would feel right at home in. With macabre portrayals of anatomy, science, and death, this Dickensian crime novel is not to be missed.” Criminal Element [praise for the Jem Flockhart Mystery Series]
“This outstanding historical enthralls with its meticulously researched details of nineteenth-century hospitals; the result is a dismal portrait of unrelenting bleakness that will make readers grateful to be living in the twenty-first century. This is Showtime’s Penny Dreadful brought to life!” Library Journal (starred) [praise for the Jem Flockhart Mystery Series]