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Book Review and Giveaway--> Silk (The Bloodstone Series Book 1) by Chris Karlsen

Title and Author: Silk by Chris Karlsen
Series: The Bloodstone Series Book 1
No. of Pages: 301
Publication Date: Books to Go Now (December 14, 2014)
Language: English
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Suspense, Historical, Crime, Murder Mystery, Serial Killer, Series

It is the time of Jack the Ripper, the widowed Queen Victoria sits on the throne of England. The whole of London is on edge wondering when or where Jack will kill next. The Palace, Parliament, and the press are demanding the police do more to find him. 

In another part of London, rough-around-the-edges war hero, Metropolitan Detective Inspector Rudyard Bloodstone has his own serial killer to find. Inter departmental rivalries, politics, and little evidence to go on hamper the investigation at every turn. In a battle of wills, Bloodstone presses forward following his instincts in spite of the obstacles. 

Adding to those problems, away from the strains of the investigation, he is engaged in the ups and downs of a new relationship with a lovely hat maker. 

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Book Review:
Silk by Chris Karlsen is the first book by the author that I have read. This book is a serial killer, murder mystery set in Jack the Ripper's era of havoc in England. Where one side Jack the Ripper is keeping the people of England edgy, on the other side there is another vicious serial killer leaving a trail of dead bodies.

I love mysteries and when I heard about this book, I was intrigued. The beautiful cover again  charmed me and I knew that I had to read this book. :)

This book is different from our normal mysteries. It is more darkly sketched with a black and white description of a historical era. I loved Chris' expertise in creating a sinister world with a devious killer. She has a way with words and created the most haunting visuals in my mind. The author is able to give an insightful tour of a serial killer's mind to the readers which had a chill running down my spine. Her contrasts between the thinking patterns of the hero and the killer are most profound and very enlightening.

The settings are realistically developed and the danger feels most real like it is truly there. I felt frightened and tempted to go double check the locks! The crimes are well described and despite being honest, are not gritty as I had feared them to be.

The characterization is admirably done but still this is one book where the villain overshadows the hero and I will remember him for a long time. That being said, the real shine and allure is added through descriptions of the settings and events, the author's writing style and the enlightening study of human nature that this book presents.

The only point that needed more work is the tension in the mystery. The mystery unfolds too soon and the tension after that is loose which had it been more tight would have definitely made this book a full 5 star book from me.

All in all,  Silk was an entertaining read that I absolutely enjoyed reading. It kept me at the edge of my seat and I got goosebumps reading the story. 4 out of 5 to it and recommended to all mystery and historical fiction lovers. I am happy that I found Chris and will be checking out her other books too. She is a talented author and I wish her the very best.

I received a copy of the book from the author and the tour organizers. The above review is my honest and unbiased opinion and in no way influenced.

Buying Links:
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About the Author:

I was born and raised in Chicago. My father was a history professor and my mother was, and is, a voracious reader. I grew up with a love of history and books.

My parents also love traveling, a passion they passed onto me. I wanted to see the places I read about, see the land and monuments from the time periods that fascinated me. I’ve had the good fortune to travel extensively throughout Europe, the Near East, and North Africa.

I am a retired police detective. I spent twenty-five years in law enforcement with two different agencies. My desire to write came in my early teens. After I retired, I decided to pursue that dream. I write two different series. My paranormal romance series is called, Knights in Time. My romantic thriller series is, Dangerous Waters.

I currently live in the Pacific Northwest with my husband, four rescue dogs and a rescue horse.

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  1. Wonderful review! Thank you so much for hosting a tour stop and sharing your thoughts!

  2. Hi Nikita
    I want to thank you for taking the time to read and review Silk. I am so glad you enjoyed the story. I loved the cover as well. This designer and I have worked together several times.

  3. I would not have guessed from looking at the cover that the book is set in historical England. However, I love that time period and a good murder mystery always has me intrigued. Great review!

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  4. This book is definitely a great read! I'm glad you enjoyed it too ;) Chris Karlsen's writing definitely keeps you on the edge of your seat. And that cover is just so pretty.
    Loved your review ;)


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