A Matter of Grave Concern
by Brenda Novak
Bestselling author Brenda Novak unearths love in the darkest of places.
When Maximillian Wilder hides his noble identity and joins the notorious body snatchers known as the London Supply Company, the last thing on his mind is love. He’s worried about Madeline, his vanished half sister, who was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the gang’s conscienceless leader. Raiding graveyards, stealing corpses, and selling them to medical colleges as dissection material is dirty work, but Max knows he must gain Jack’s trust. He’s determined to find out what happened to Madeline—and to bring Jack to justice if she was murdered for the coin her body could earn.
Beautiful, spirited Abigail Hale, daughter of the surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine, detests the challenging, hard-bargaining Max almost as much as Jack. But she must procure the necessary specimens if she is to save the college and her father’s career. She believes she is going to be successful—until Jack double-crosses her. Then she’s swept into a plot of danger and intrigue, one where Max must intervene to protect her, no matter the risk to his plan…or his heart
This book just blew my socks off! Invoking the dark and moody atmosphere of Daphne DuMaurier's Jamaica Inn and its undercurrent of secrets, evil and innocence, this historical novel will transport you to an era of body-snatchers and evil men you normally are not used to.
This novel is a puzzle with clues. The clues are discovered along the way and as we are able to match the puzzle pieces, our vision of what this story is really about and how it develops is enhanced. Not all is what it seems. Sometimes the lines between good and evil are blurred for the greater good. We have an intrepid protagonist in Abigail, who defies the norms of her time for the love of her father and his work. We are also given a cast of characters who on the surface may appear to be one thing, but later on we find out the truth to our surprise.
I found this novel by Brenda Novak a gratifying find. I love her writing, but have only read the Whiskey Creek series. In reading this novel, I found a new depth to her writing as well as a sensuality that is worth praising. Tactfully written, our author gives us a story we will not soon forget. The passionate love affair that runs as the undercurrent and heartbeat to this story, is one that will stay with me for years to come. Hurrah to you Brenda!