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London, 1890. Blood and death are Fiona Mahoney’s trade, and business, as they say, is booming. Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It’s been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary’s blood from London, 1890. Blood and death are Fiona Mahoney’s trade, and business, as they say, is booming. Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It’s been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary’s blood from the floorboards, and London is no longer buzzing about the Ripper, but Fiona hasn’t forgotten. And she hasn’t stopped searching for Jack. When she’s called to a murder in the middle of the night, Fiona finds a victim mutilated in an eerily similar fashion to those of the Ripper, and only a few doors down from Mary’s old home. The relentless, overbearing, and irritatingly handsome Inspector Grayson Croft warns her away from the case. She might have listened, if she hadn’t found a clue in the blood. A clue that will lead her down a path from which there is no return.As a killer cuts a devastating swath through London, a letter written in blood arrives at her door, and it is only then that Fiona realizes just how perilous her endeavor is. For she has drawn the attention of an obsessive evil, and is no longer the hunter, but the prey. Fiona Mahoney is in the business of blood. But she’s not the only one. With intriguing twists, blood-chilling discoveries, and dazzling prose, USAToday Bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne shows that a woman’s work is never done, even when she is sleuthing out a serial killer.


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London, 1890. Blood and death are Fiona Mahoney’s trade, and business, as they say, is booming. Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It’s been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary’s blood from London, 1890. Blood and death are Fiona Mahoney’s trade, and business, as they say, is booming. Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It’s been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary’s blood from the floorboards, and London is no longer buzzing about the Ripper, but Fiona hasn’t forgotten. And she hasn’t stopped searching for Jack. When she’s called to a murder in the middle of the night, Fiona finds a victim mutilated in an eerily similar fashion to those of the Ripper, and only a few doors down from Mary’s old home. The relentless, overbearing, and irritatingly handsome Inspector Grayson Croft warns her away from the case. She might have listened, if she hadn’t found a clue in the blood. A clue that will lead her down a path from which there is no return.As a killer cuts a devastating swath through London, a letter written in blood arrives at her door, and it is only then that Fiona realizes just how perilous her endeavor is. For she has drawn the attention of an obsessive evil, and is no longer the hunter, but the prey. Fiona Mahoney is in the business of blood. But she’s not the only one. With intriguing twists, blood-chilling discoveries, and dazzling prose, USAToday Bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne shows that a woman’s work is never done, even when she is sleuthing out a serial killer.

30 review for The Business of Blood

  1. 5 out of 5

    Kerrigan Byrne

    HI YOU GUYS!!! I can't believe this but THE BUSINESS OF BLOOD is available early! Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2BB5n22 They told me it was too dark for a historical, too sexy for a mystery, and entirely too much blood for a female sleuth to handle... I heartily disagree. I've seen women bring about all forms of justice, and Fiona Mahoney is my tribute to them. HI YOU GUYS!!! I can't believe this but THE BUSINESS OF BLOOD is available early! Amazon Link: https://amzn.to/2BB5n22 They told me it was too dark for a historical, too sexy for a mystery, and entirely too much blood for a female sleuth to handle... I heartily disagree. I've seen women bring about all forms of justice, and Fiona Mahoney is my tribute to them.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stacey is Sassy

    IT'S ALIVE!! Just a wee bit of blood... I have never reviewed anything but romance up until now and to be honest, I never expected to review anything but romance. Then, Kerrigan Byrne comes along and she tells us she wrote something that is not romance. Well, not romantic to the extent we've come to expect from her. The SHOCK!! The HORROR!! But, it’s KERRIGAN BYRNE!! So, of course, I had to give it a go. Knowing that I was going to be exposed to a wee bit of blood…and other things, I was hesita IT'S ALIVE!! Just a wee bit of blood... I have never reviewed anything but romance up until now and to be honest, I never expected to review anything but romance. Then, Kerrigan Byrne comes along and she tells us she wrote something that is not romance. Well, not romantic to the extent we've come to expect from her. The SHOCK!! The HORROR!! But, it’s KERRIGAN BYRNE!! So, of course, I had to give it a go. Knowing that I was going to be exposed to a wee bit of blood…and other things, I was hesitant to start. It was loaded up and the cover (which I LOVE) was there… looking at me… but I couldn’t turn the page. This could be because I was about to go to bed, and I was worried that it might play on my mind a wee bit. Blood and guts, Jack the Ripper, murder and mayhem are not exactly going to soothe me to sleep. So, I chickened out, turned off my Kindle and had an early night. Which lead me to start at 4:45 am on a Monday… what a start to the working week. To be honest, The Business of Blood took me longer to read than I thought it would. I loved the words and how Kerrigan Byrne weaved her tale. BUT IT’S INTENSE!! My mind had to stay alert, my heart was pumping waiting for the next gruesome discovery. I’m not used to ending a story feeling emotionally scarred, physically drained and completely disgusted with the evilness of humans. I guess I'm accustomed to reading stories that leave me with a sense of hope, contentment and joy. This was a great mystery. The twists and turns were exciting, I was surprised at the *whodunit*, and found the intricate details of a murder investigation riveting. I really can’t fault the timeline, characterisation or settings. Getting to know more about Jack the Ripper was thrilling while also a wee bit horrifying. What murder investigators, coroners/post-mortem examiners, and the clean-up crews (after the body has been removed) face are also fascinating and horrific. I now know that I’m NOT the person for any of those jobs. The Business of Blood is a thought-provoking story that deals with lots of different issues concerning judgement based on class, race, sex and religious beliefs. If I was to find any fault with The Business of Blood, it was that I was distracted enough to keep looking for the romantic element. I’m not sure if this is because it is ingrained in me or because there were hints of possibilities with certain characters we meet. There is a kiss in one scene, but it was not the type of kiss to give me heart flutters AT ALL. The person kissing and their reaction straight after was less than appealing. If you are a fan of mysteries, don’t mind a wee bit of blood and gore, and love Kerrigan Byrne’s words, you will not be disappointed reading The Business of Blood. I thoroughly enjoyed this step out of my comfort zone…into sleuthing out a serial killer. Stacey is Sassy, received an advanced copy of this story. The copy provided is not the final copy and may be subject to edits and changes.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Korrie’s Korner

    “I was no longer a lady. A woman. Or Fiona. I was a wild thing. Perhaps a killer.” I want to be Fiona when I grow up! I love strong fierce heroines in stories, and boy did Kerrigan Byrne create the ultimate. My girl Fiona had 9 lives in this story. This book, chilled me to the bone. So much murder, mystery and intrigue. I’ve never studied Jack The Ripper so much in my life. Very fascinating, what I found on him. This story is so much extra, and is a very unique historical mystery. Not really a ro “I was no longer a lady. A woman. Or Fiona. I was a wild thing. Perhaps a killer.” I want to be Fiona when I grow up! I love strong fierce heroines in stories, and boy did Kerrigan Byrne create the ultimate. My girl Fiona had 9 lives in this story. This book, chilled me to the bone. So much murder, mystery and intrigue. I’ve never studied Jack The Ripper so much in my life. Very fascinating, what I found on him. This story is so much extra, and is a very unique historical mystery. Not really a romance, although some of the “tension” you feel between Fiona, and a couple of the male characters is quite titillating. The pull is very strong, and the chemistry between these characters takes you under the spell of it all. I don’t want to spoil anything about this story, but I do want to brag on Kerrigan’s writing and the feels that it gives me. “Deep in my bones” kind of feelings. ..”something about the way the night shifted, the darkness claiming the many nooks and alleys of Whitechapel, the most wretched borough of London, sent a thousand insects skittering across my skin.” This quote literally gave me chills as if I could feel it’s description. Bottom line—This story, these characters, the setting, time period..this needs to be made into a movie. It was beyond superb!!! For all those that will one click, let me leave you with this quote: “Be careful in the dark,” he cautioned. “You’ve drawn the attention of a killer.”

  4. 5 out of 5

    Somia

    Fiona makes her living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away, and after the murder of her best-friend Mary, 2 years ago, through her work she has been following the trail of Jack the Ripper, determined to make him pay. This is so different to the authors HR book series ‘Victorian Rebels’, this book is not a romance, whether a that becomes a dominant theme in the books that proceed who knows but here whilst there is a thin strand of romance that pops up here and there it’s fleeting and at Fiona makes her living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away, and after the murder of her best-friend Mary, 2 years ago, through her work she has been following the trail of Jack the Ripper, determined to make him pay. This is so different to the authors HR book series ‘Victorian Rebels’, this book is not a romance, whether a that becomes a dominant theme in the books that proceed who knows but here whilst there is a thin strand of romance that pops up here and there it’s fleeting and at the periphery of the tale. There are some intense moments in this, but the book whilst at times tugging on my emotions didn’t have me riveted. The pacing of the story was a tad off for me, and didn’t have been flipping through the pages as I would have liked. Nevertheless, I will be tuning in for the next book in the series, I just won’t be impatiently waiting for its release. Beware the (view spoiler)[book does end in a cliff-hanger. (hide spoiler)] Potential Triggers: (view spoiler)[ Murder, torture, child abuse, as well as the killing and heartless burning of babies is mentioned. (hide spoiler)] Acquired via KU.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Toria

    It's a 3.7 from me. At one hand I loved it, strong female character running around trying to solve the jack the ripper case. In this is was suspicion on new cases. While its all fun and exciting I've read it before as a huntress for books about jack the ripper. So it feelt a little redundant but still fun It's a 3.7 from me. At one hand I loved it, strong female character running around trying to solve the jack the ripper case. In this is was suspicion on new cases. While its all fun and exciting I've read it before as a huntress for books about jack the ripper. So it feelt a little redundant but still fun

  6. 5 out of 5

    OLT

    (4.5 stars) I've been doing lots of escape reading lately and have had my fill for the moment of romance, so I needed a palate cleanser. Funny that I should choose this book, because lemon sorbet it definitely is not. There's gruesome murder, blood and gore, and hints of Jack the Ripper in the background in this historical novel set in 1890 London. This read is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart. The strange thing about me, though, is that I've always had a fascination with Jack the Ripp (4.5 stars) I've been doing lots of escape reading lately and have had my fill for the moment of romance, so I needed a palate cleanser. Funny that I should choose this book, because lemon sorbet it definitely is not. There's gruesome murder, blood and gore, and hints of Jack the Ripper in the background in this historical novel set in 1890 London. This read is not for the squeamish or the faint of heart. The strange thing about me, though, is that I've always had a fascination with Jack the Ripper and other deviant psychopathic killers. I can watch shows like Criminal Minds or Silence of the Lambs, even while I dislike excessive violence or blood in movies with "normal" characters. Not sure what that says about me, but that's not exactly to the point of this review. The point is that I was tired of romances and, strangely enough, Kerrigan Byrne writes the type of historical romances that I am tired of. Although I found her debut HR some years ago to be well written if a bit dramatic, her subsequent HRs have been too overwritten and overblown for me, with emphasis on lusty interaction between H and h and unconvincing love at the end. No worries about that with this one, the first of three in a planned Fiona Maloney trilogy. There are hints of possible future romance for Fiona but there are several men in the running, from her childhood sweetheart and ex-fiance, who gave her up to become a priest, to a cynical police inspector, to a crimelord, to that crimelord's cold-blooded paid assassin. As you read, you will think any one of them could eventually be the One. If those last two don't sound like possible hero material, keep in mind that Kerrigan Byrne favors very bad boys as her heroes. One in particular, in her second HR, was an assassin hired to kill the heroine, so, yeah, there is that. But this book is different. The focus is not romance. This is a character-driven story and mystery, with numerous well-drawn characters. The heroine, Fiona, had come from Ireland to England after family tragedy. She's alone in the world, except for her somewhat other-worldly Aunt Nola, and her friend and ex-fiance, Father Aidan Fitzpatrick. Life hasn't been easy for her, and, not wanting to turn to the life of a prostitute, she has set up a business as Post Mortem Sanitation Specialist, cleaning up crime scenes, bloody and gory as they sometimes are. Like when her dear friend Mary Kelly, who had succumbed to life as a prostitute out of desperation when she also moved to England, in Whitechapel, to be exact, was brutally murdered and mutilated by Jack the Ripper two years earlier. Fiona is doing well in her crime scene cleanup business. Well enough to have purchased a home for herself and Aunt Nola in a respectable neighborhood, where Oscar Wilde is a next door neighbor and friend. But Fiona lives for revenge. She has vowed to find The Ripper and retaliate for what he did to her dear friend Mary. Fiona is also a very conflicted woman, involved in a less than legal side business with that crimelord mentioned earlier. As the book begins, Fiona is called to a crime scene for her cleanup services. The murder is brutal and gory, the victim hanged upside down and eviscerated. Is Jack back, wth a slight variation to his murder method and choice of victim? Ah, well, now it's time to settle back and settle in to the story. There will be more murder victims and moments when Fiona fears for her life. The plot has great momentum and much more intricacy than Byrne's usual HRs. Secondary and tertiary characters are all very well drawn. EVen the victims will not just be bodies placed into the story for sensationalism. And all Fiona's friends and acquaintances are distinct personalities, from the two main policemen, to the coroner, to Father Aidan, to crimelord Jorah Roth aka The Hammer, to assassin Aramis Night Horse aka The Blade, to Aunt Nola and more I can't remember at the moment. I was impressed by the story. It's not, as you might be thinking, all blood and gore and entrails and sensationalism. There are many thoughtful conversations and internal ponderings along the way. Fiona's interactions with Oscar Wilde are charming, her conversation with Night Horse about genocide and suppression of a people as evidenced by similarities between treatment of the Irish and the Native Americans was one of the best moments of the book. Then there are ponderings about religion, belief systems, God, revenge. This book was much better than I had expected it to be, with much more depth than any other book by Bryne I've read. And there are two more books to come. We still have to continue developing that possible romance with the contenders mentioned at the beginning of my review, and, although this first book had its conclusion and its murderer brought to justice, there are still gruesome murders to come and the tease of Jack the Ripper.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ursula

    Well. This was not in the author's usual style. I have pretty much read all of Byrne's books, and this Victorian thriller is very different. The setting is Jack the Ripper's London, a Whitechapel complete with smog, fog, stench, blood and gore. Add a touch of Gothic supernatural, a heroine who has a rather interesting job (cleaning up after death) and not one but four possible love interests, and we have this book. I was hooked from the start, because as we all know, this lady can write. Even when Well. This was not in the author's usual style. I have pretty much read all of Byrne's books, and this Victorian thriller is very different. The setting is Jack the Ripper's London, a Whitechapel complete with smog, fog, stench, blood and gore. Add a touch of Gothic supernatural, a heroine who has a rather interesting job (cleaning up after death) and not one but four possible love interests, and we have this book. I was hooked from the start, because as we all know, this lady can write. Even when I haven't enjoyed the book's plot, I have always appreciated her almost poetic descriptions and interesting characterisation. I felt the oppressive, evil atmosphere from the first page, and while I found the heroine annoying and a tad repugnant at times (I am shite when it comes to violence and gore, so disembowelment, castrations, flaying, FFS are going to be a problem for my squeamish sensibilities, but our heroine, Fiona, remained strangely unaffected) I was fascinated by the whole thing. There is no romance per se. Fiona is still in love with her beautiful Irish childhood friend, Aiden, but he has become a priest and refuses to be with her, even though he clearly loves her. Grayson Croft is the English police inspector who may be interested in her. The Hammer (Jorah) is a Jewish gangster who owns most of London's streets. He seems interested in her. Finally, Aramis, aka Blade, who is Hammer's assassin employee and happens to be a Native American, seems interested (and is certainly interesting- who knows what's going on in that mind?) Despite hints every now and then, that is all we get. There are two more books planned for this series so far, and I am super interested to see how this plays out. Aiden We also have a witty, yet deeply unhappy Oscar Wilde as Fiona's neighbour, and good old Conan Doyle is mentioned. I love it. Fiona is obsessed with Jack the Ripper, because her friend Mary was murdered by him, and she was the one to find the body. Or body parts, actually. There's a lot of that gore- very descriptive and stomach-churning. Probably pretty accurate. Themes of genocide (Jews, Native Americans, Irish), prejudice, anti-Semitism are layered through the book. , Added to that are the questions organised religion raises- why have faith, is there a God, is there heaven and hell, are there restless spirits, can a Christian God even grant redemption and absolution, and have we really moved much beyond our pagan origins? I found that aspect fascinating and challenging. Fiona is a very complex person- a classic, tortured Byrne heroine. Yep, Byrne does tortured and damaged very well indeed! It took a while for me to warm to her, and I can imagine the average Victorian male would have struggled to accept her. She was almost too driven, too single-minded. In those situations, where vengeance, or justice, if you like, is all that keeps you going, the question will always be: what do you do once you have achieved that goal? What else would be worth living for? Thank goodness she has her moments of compassion and pity, otherwise she would have been just another cardboard kick-ass heroine. There is a resolution, in that we find out who the murderer is. I did actually guess the right one about three quarters of the way through, but had no idea of the motivation. Yet many questions remain..... Why not 5 stars? Firstly, the gore was a bit too graphic for me, but mostly, it left too much up in the air for me and I am saving the 5 stars for the next book!!! This one may not be everyone's cup of tea, but it is a damned good story, even when it is difficult to read. I hope Byrne keeps on with her HR genre, because those books are terrific escapist fare, despite the gritty backstories they always feature, but this book is an impressive start to what should be a riveting series.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Yara

    I'm going to start this review by admitting I almost quit this book a quarter of the way through. I came (fingers one inch apart) that close to just stoping because I found the story boring. It wasn't poorly written or anything, it just took time for the story to setup. However, clearly in the end I enjoyed the story enough to give it four stars. I'm going to start this review by admitting I almost quit this book a quarter of the way through. I came (fingers one inch apart) that close to just stoping because I found the story boring. It wasn't poorly written or anything, it just took time for the story to setup. However, clearly in the end I enjoyed the story enough to give it four stars.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Stacie

    3 1/2 "Bloody Business" Stars! Well, first of I have to say, this was not a romance. It's a mystery/thriller. Without the romance thrown in, mystery/thrillers are not really my thing. However! I absolutely love Kerrigan Byrne. Her style was all over this story. Plus there was some chemistry between Fiona and a few male characters actually. Speaking of Fiona, I loved her. She was an unconventional woman. Especially in 1890. She was smart and brave and loyal. The actual mystery was good. There were 3 1/2 "Bloody Business" Stars! Well, first of I have to say, this was not a romance. It's a mystery/thriller. Without the romance thrown in, mystery/thrillers are not really my thing. However! I absolutely love Kerrigan Byrne. Her style was all over this story. Plus there was some chemistry between Fiona and a few male characters actually. Speaking of Fiona, I loved her. She was an unconventional woman. Especially in 1890. She was smart and brave and loyal. The actual mystery was good. There were quite a few gory murder details described in scenes. Plus, I didn't not see the bad guy coming. Overall, I think this was good! There are more books coming in this series and I am very interested in see how Fiona navigates the dark streets of London during the time of The Ripper. Happy reading!

  10. 4 out of 5

    Timitra

    Rated 4.5 Stars The Business of Blood is a historical mystery with a Sherlock Holmes vibe to it. It's also dark and a bit gory. I loved it. I loved the backdrop of it, the nods to literary figures and the budding romance. It's very much an enemies to lovers and office romance. It had me invested in the characters and the story from the get. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series and highly recommend it. Copy provided by author Rated 4.5 Stars The Business of Blood is a historical mystery with a Sherlock Holmes vibe to it. It's also dark and a bit gory. I loved it. I loved the backdrop of it, the nods to literary figures and the budding romance. It's very much an enemies to lovers and office romance. It had me invested in the characters and the story from the get. I'm definitely looking forward to reading the rest of the series and highly recommend it. Copy provided by author

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lacey (laceybooklovers)

    A new Kerrigan Byrne book out in NOVEMBER!?!?

  12. 5 out of 5

    April

    I love Kerrigan Byrne's historical romances, and now I love her historical mysteries even more. She writes in a world I'm VERY familiar with (including Jack the Ripper and Oscar Wilde), and her research, voices, locations, and characters are excellent. On top of that, she's just a great storyteller. Highly recommended for fans of historical mystery, Victorian history, and any readers of An Urchin of Means or the Immortal Descendants series. I love Kerrigan Byrne's historical romances, and now I love her historical mysteries even more. She writes in a world I'm VERY familiar with (including Jack the Ripper and Oscar Wilde), and her research, voices, locations, and characters are excellent. On top of that, she's just a great storyteller. Highly recommended for fans of historical mystery, Victorian history, and any readers of An Urchin of Means or the Immortal Descendants series.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Gi's Spot Reviews

    https://www.instagram.com/p/B4IzcpHAtDC/ 5 ‘Until The Ghosts Are Put To Rest’ Stars Oooohhhhh, Kerrigan Byrne rocked my world with this twist on Jack The Ripper, because it’s SO MUCH more than I expected! Mind, heart and soul gripping, THE BUSINESS OF BLOOD is a full blown experience! I tend to stay away from anything close to horror genre, but as soon as Ms. Byrne announced this book as a brand new Historical Mystery I wanted to jump right in. Being a huge retelling fan, I could only imagine how e https://www.instagram.com/p/B4IzcpHAtDC/ 5 ‘Until The Ghosts Are Put To Rest’ Stars Oooohhhhh, Kerrigan Byrne rocked my world with this twist on Jack The Ripper, because it’s SO MUCH more than I expected! Mind, heart and soul gripping, THE BUSINESS OF BLOOD is a full blown experience! I tend to stay away from anything close to horror genre, but as soon as Ms. Byrne announced this book as a brand new Historical Mystery I wanted to jump right in. Being a huge retelling fan, I could only imagine how enrapturing TBoB would be. Well, I really had no idea just how much I would be absorbed… Aye, well. Sometimes I worried for my soul, too. God knows I’ve committed enough sins these days to procure my place in hell. Fiona Mahoney is everything I love in an heroine and some. Not only is she smart, independent and strong beyond belief – which is even more extraordinary considering the time and age – , but she have such a hidden fragility in her feeling and emotions, if not only in her POV, that we immediately related to her, her pain, and her thirst for justice and a bit of revenge. Death’s business is a messy one. And I made my living cleaning up after him. At least here in London. Being a self employed woman at that time and age, and the nature of her business as cleaning up murder scenes is, on itself so avant guard that it’s no wonder I was hooked even before I got into Fiona’s intricate and heart felt mind and spirit. From the very first page I felt every single emotion she went through: from the loneliness, to the pain, the rage, the fear, the confusion, and heart and body’s reactions to all the intriguing men she interacted with – specially Inspector Croft, who I romance reader’s heart is rooting for, because even though this is not a romance, hello potential broody Hero! LOL – , I was there, going through it all right along with her. Ms. Byrne truly has a the gift to transport us in time and space with her incredible story telling! I’d stood over too many corpses of those I love, and each time I expected my bleeding heart to just…stop. It should, I think. When it’s broken as many times as mine, it shouldn’t work anymore. But somehow it still did. It kept going. And so long as it beat in its chamber, I’d be searching for the Ripper. The twists and turns,the dark and gothic elements that Ms. Byrne does to perfection, it’s just impossible not to dip into this world and find yourself completely immersed in this universe and in Fiona Mahoney’s mind! And oh my, for a non romance the sexual tension just left me…*delicious shivers* Oil and water, that was Croft and me. Two negatively charged magnets repelling each other by nature of physical law. The Business of Blood indeed blew my mind, not only because of the shock and the surprise I passed with the unfolding of the mystery, the cleverness of the connection of the background feud with The Ripper that I have no doubt will follow all this series, but specially because it left me BEGGING for more! Kerrigan Byrne truly is a masterful storyteller! I had not even finished and I was already dreading the last page because I just knew I couldn’t be satisfied without knowing more, uncovering all the secrets and see the cementing of all relationship, so it’s safe to say I will be in pins and needles for the next book in the series, I truly CAN.NOT.WAIT!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 “My ghosts provide constant company. And until I put them to rest, my life and my heart have no room to spare.” ARC kindly provided by the author via Social Butterfly PR for an honest review For full review with Blog Tour, check out my Blog post, http://gisspotreviews.com/index.php/2...

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Please don’t make me wait a year for the following book. This is the first book in what I hope is a long series. Fiona Mahoney is a Post Mortem Sanitation Specialist in Victorian London. Set two years after the Jack the Ripper murders, Fiona is called out to clean up after a body is found down the street from where Mary Kelly, Jack the Rippers last victim and Fiona’s friend, was found brutally murdered. Her ex fiancé, who is now a catholic priest is there to comfort the widow. Inspector Grayson Please don’t make me wait a year for the following book. This is the first book in what I hope is a long series. Fiona Mahoney is a Post Mortem Sanitation Specialist in Victorian London. Set two years after the Jack the Ripper murders, Fiona is called out to clean up after a body is found down the street from where Mary Kelly, Jack the Rippers last victim and Fiona’s friend, was found brutally murdered. Her ex fiancé, who is now a catholic priest is there to comfort the widow. Inspector Grayson Croft, who investigated Mary Kelly’s murder is there to investigate this new murder. What follows is a gripping tale of murder and mayhem. Who is committing these Ripper like murders? Who is targeting Fiona? This is a very dark and gritty story with mob bosses and assasins and famous historical figures thrown in. I loved the romantic element of the story and hope to see a relationship develop between Fiona and Croft. I like reading dark and gritty stories and this delivered. I was enthralled from the first page and couldn’t put this book down.

  15. 5 out of 5

    ☕️Kimberly

    I love slipping into a story when there is a serial killer afoot. Especially when there is a possibility involves Jack the Ripper. Byrne delivered a fast-paced murder mystery with plenty of twists, unusual characters and a feisty, stubborn heroine. When Fiona cleans up a grizzly murder scene, she realizes it is eerily similar to Jack’s style. Could he be back? The location is just a few doors down from Mary’s home. Fiona gets the itch to investigate. Inspector Grayson Croft warns Fiona off, but F I love slipping into a story when there is a serial killer afoot. Especially when there is a possibility involves Jack the Ripper. Byrne delivered a fast-paced murder mystery with plenty of twists, unusual characters and a feisty, stubborn heroine. When Fiona cleans up a grizzly murder scene, she realizes it is eerily similar to Jack’s style. Could he be back? The location is just a few doors down from Mary’s home. Fiona gets the itch to investigate. Inspector Grayson Croft warns Fiona off, but Fiona finds a clue in a pool of blood that sets events in motion. Twists, old lovers, business partners and an annoyingly handsome Inspector soon have Fiona searching for a killer. But will her questions place others in danger? Worse yet, will she be their next victim? There are romantic side threads but these are all firmly served on the side and we will just have to see which threads become viable. Gruesome discoveries, old flames now forbidden, and Fiona’s own secrets led to an intense tale that kept me listening into the wee hours. Fiona interacts with a variety of people because of her line of work. Everyone from priests to criminals. Few people truly know Fiona. I found her to be tenacious, and fiercely independent with a tendency to run headlong into danger. “Be careful in the dark,” he cautioned. “You’ve drawn the attention of a killer.” –The Business of Blood Justine Eyre narrates and does a fine job from Fiona’s Irish lilt to pacing and tone. Each character had a unique voice, and through inflection she amped up the suspenseful moments. This review was originally posted at Caffeinated Reviewer

  16. 5 out of 5

    Robin Loves Reading

    Fiona Mahoney is what is now referred to as a forensic cleaner. She cleans up after crime scenes. No matter how gruesome. No matter how bloody. That is why this book is so named, The Business of Blood. Tragically, the more murders that take place, the busier Fiona is. A man has been brutally murdered . While Fiona is on the scene she quickly notices that the current victtim's body was left in such a way to instantly make her think of a gruesome series of murders, committed by none other tha Fiona Mahoney is what is now referred to as a forensic cleaner. She cleans up after crime scenes. No matter how gruesome. No matter how bloody. That is why this book is so named, The Business of Blood. Tragically, the more murders that take place, the busier Fiona is. A man has been brutally murdered . While Fiona is on the scene she quickly notices that the current victtim's body was left in such a way to instantly make her think of a gruesome series of murders, committed by none other than Jack the Ripper, the elusive killer that had disappeared from Whitechapel, where Fiona lives and works. Accompanied by Aidan Fitzpatrick, her first love, and a man who has become a priest, they lock eyes. Fiona says to him, “You don’t think it was…" The Scotland Yard Inspector on scene, Croft, tries to shut down this line of thinking immediately. Seeing the macabre evidence of his murder brings to mind Fiona's former friend, Mary Kelly, a victim of Jack the Ripper. She firmly believes he is back. Heartbroken for the loss of her friend. Heartbroken for the opportunity that was missed to marry Aidan, heartbroken for even more reasons. This all parlays into Fiona‘s determination to go beyond her skills as someone who has a rather expert technique of removing blood, to finding The Ripper once and for all. This works in her favor, especially because Fiona has a gift of or a scale when it comes to solving crimes. She sees things that others may not see a tensor things out making her what we often called an amateur sleuth. Despite the inspector's insistence, Fiona gets the chance to start investigation almost immediately. With another murder happening almost immediately, more questions arise. Another suspected killer comes into Fiona's mind. Despite the inherent danger facing her, Fiona spends time with the man. What a fast-moving, chilling and rather gruesome story. As if the entire thought of someone chasing and coming all-too-close to Jack the Ripper frightened me to death, I devoured this book. What is more, is the shocking conclusion. I could have been knocked over with a feather! Kerrigan Byrne really threw me for a loop. However am I going to wait for the next installment in this series? I have read a couple of other books by this delightful author before, and they were historical romances. Little did I know when I picked up this book that I would be reading something of a different sort altogether. Something so well-written, so thorough, that I am more than eager for anything else she has to offer. This series continues in 2020 with A Treacherous Trade, and in 2021 with A Vocation of Violence. Many thanks to Kerrigan Byrne for this ARC for review. This is my honest opinion.

  17. 4 out of 5

    imanreads

    Best Book of 2019, not Best HR, Best Book, Period. My sole five stars of 2019. This book is just brilliant. I was done reading it one month ago and it still lives with me, I dont know how I am supposed to wait another year to get my hands on the next one....

  18. 5 out of 5

    SheLove2Read

    There was a lot about this book that sets it apart from the glut of historicals out there right now. Some other reviews I've read compared it to the Kat Holloway mysteries, so that intrigued me enough to pick this up, but for me there was no comparison. I didn't love Fiona, and at times I found her behavior completely unrealistic. Not a series I'll be continuing. There was a lot about this book that sets it apart from the glut of historicals out there right now. Some other reviews I've read compared it to the Kat Holloway mysteries, so that intrigued me enough to pick this up, but for me there was no comparison. I didn't love Fiona, and at times I found her behavior completely unrealistic. Not a series I'll be continuing.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Bex | TotallyBex.com

    Not for the faint of heart, Kerrigan Bryne’s foray into murder mystery is as gripping as it is macabre. 1890s London, a city still reeling with fear in the wake of Jack the Ripper, is the perfect backdrop for the intrepid heroine, Fiona Mahoney. She’s in the ‘business of blood’ as a Post-Mortem Sanitation Specialist who happens to be intimately acquainted with the horrific aftermath of The Ripper. Not only is Fiona involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the infamous killer, she’s also up Not for the faint of heart, Kerrigan Bryne’s foray into murder mystery is as gripping as it is macabre. 1890s London, a city still reeling with fear in the wake of Jack the Ripper, is the perfect backdrop for the intrepid heroine, Fiona Mahoney. She’s in the ‘business of blood’ as a Post-Mortem Sanitation Specialist who happens to be intimately acquainted with the horrific aftermath of The Ripper. Not only is Fiona involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the infamous killer, she’s also up to her eyeballs in gruesome murder scenes while dealing with an eccentric aunt, an ex-fiancé-turned-priest, a grumpy detective, and a mafia boss who may or may not want to kill her. Fiona is kept on her toes throughout the story, with details and revelations popping up constantly, and handles it with aplomb. Fiona is my kind of heroine: she’s feisty and smart, determined and sassy. I love how strong-willed she is, especially while being surrounded by men who believe she needs to be taken care of by a husband. Her fierceness definitely set the tone for each scene. Byrne’s writing is crisp and will keep you riveted to the story. I appreciated her cleverness with integrating the timeline with several famous characters, which is a pleasant surprise amongst all of the gore. It’s a rollercoaster ride getting to the end with all of the twists and turns, but I didn’t want it to end when it did. I can’t wait to read the next two installments of Fiona’s story! ▸ ARC generously provided in exchange for an honest review. ▸ Purchase: Amazon Kindle Unlimited ▸ For more reviews, visit http://www.totallybex.com

  20. 4 out of 5

    Dísir

    Taking place smack in the aftermath of the Ripper murders in the most squalid bits of London, ‘The Business of Blood’ follows an intrepid Fiona Mahoney who has somehow managed to eke a place out for herself as the clean-up crew of wet work, keeping company with questionable characters just so she can live decently. But it’s also one that has put her on a path of investigation and ultimately revenge: to search out the Ripper who’d torn up her friend 2 years prior, up until she tangles with law en Taking place smack in the aftermath of the Ripper murders in the most squalid bits of London, ‘The Business of Blood’ follows an intrepid Fiona Mahoney who has somehow managed to eke a place out for herself as the clean-up crew of wet work, keeping company with questionable characters just so she can live decently. But it’s also one that has put her on a path of investigation and ultimately revenge: to search out the Ripper who’d torn up her friend 2 years prior, up until she tangles with law enforcement and the people who may or may not have had a hand in the murders suddenly happening all around her once more. I loved the premise of the story from the start: it’s suspenseful, and probably groundbreaking for putting a female protagonist in a role that most heroines steer clear of in historical romances. It’s also macabre but fascinating in the way murder cases and unsolved crime mysteries probably are, hinting of ethnic struggles and the consequences of those in individuals that eschew the notion of life being sacrosanct—more so as these seem to underpin Byrne’s London as a gritty and unstable hotbed for brutal violence and insanity. There’s barely a hint of romance at all in fact; much of it is Fiona’s story, her quest to unravel the thread linking the pile of bodies rapidly falling around her and her interactions with characters who are hiding too many secrets of their own for her liking. Seeing as this is a series, the Ripper murders aren’t done and dusted just yet, with the climax taking a bit of a hooked twist while leaving unresolved matters for the next few books to cover. Byrne does write a good mystery, though it’s the purple prose and some over-descriptions of emotions or events that I could have done without. Still, ‘The Business of Blood’ is an intriguing read and a bit of a mental screw, to be honest. Yet I’d be the first in line for the next book already.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I literally could not stop reading this book, it was that wonderful. I read it in one day. It is unapologetically dark and violent. The characters are not black and white or good and evil, they're all of that and more. I enjoyed the multilayered mysteries within the book. The male characters are all fascinating in their own imperfect ways. Fiona is a terrific heroine. Like any great mystery, I was on the edge of my seat while reading the climax. I really hope there will be more books! I literally could not stop reading this book, it was that wonderful. I read it in one day. It is unapologetically dark and violent. The characters are not black and white or good and evil, they're all of that and more. I enjoyed the multilayered mysteries within the book. The male characters are all fascinating in their own imperfect ways. Fiona is a terrific heroine. Like any great mystery, I was on the edge of my seat while reading the climax. I really hope there will be more books!

  22. 4 out of 5

    Keri

    KB really went out on a limb here and boy am I glad she did. I really liked our heroine, but boy does her milkshake bring all the boys to her yard. :-) Get your mind out of the gutter! She is a historical Post Mortem Sanitation Engineer, Crime Scene Clean up Regency style, so of course all the mens call on her when there is a dead body about. She is an enigma for sure and she has feelings for 4 guys, a hunky police detective, a Jewish crime lord, an American Indian assassin and she still has fee KB really went out on a limb here and boy am I glad she did. I really liked our heroine, but boy does her milkshake bring all the boys to her yard. :-) Get your mind out of the gutter! She is a historical Post Mortem Sanitation Engineer, Crime Scene Clean up Regency style, so of course all the mens call on her when there is a dead body about. She is an enigma for sure and she has feelings for 4 guys, a hunky police detective, a Jewish crime lord, an American Indian assassin and she still has feelings for the angelic priest that she was one betrothed to. Which will she choose??? I can't wait for the next book in the series to find out. Although this book contains KB's strong and adept writing talent, this book isn't a romance, nor do I feel that the romance will ever play first string. It will always be about our heroine and her need to solve her best friends grisly death that she had to clean up, but was never solved. Was it the work of Jack the Ripper or someone closer at hand? Thanks KB for not given up on this series...it was well done. If you like JA's Kat Holloway series, you might like this gem of a read.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Elodie

    THE BUSINESS OF BLOOD In The Business of Blood Series #1 Kerrigan Byrne https://www.facebook.com/Kerriganbyrn... Release date 11/07/2019 Blurb : London, 1890. Blood and death are Fiona Mahoney’s trade, and business, as they say, is booming. Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It’s been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary’ THE BUSINESS OF BLOOD In The Business of Blood Series #1 Kerrigan Byrne https://www.facebook.com/Kerriganbyrn... Release date 11/07/2019 Blurb : London, 1890. Blood and death are Fiona Mahoney’s trade, and business, as they say, is booming. Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It’s been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary’s blood from the floorboards, and London is no longer buzzing about the Ripper, but Fiona hasn’t forgotten. And she hasn’t stopped searching for Jack. When she’s called to a murder in the middle of the night, Fiona finds a victim mutilated in an eerily similar fashion to those of the Ripper, and only a few doors down from Mary’s old home. The relentless, overbearing, and irritatingly handsome Inspector Grayson Croft warns her away from the case. She might have listened, if she hadn’t found a clue in the blood. A clue that will lead her down a path from which there is no return. As a killer cuts a devastating swath through London, a letter written in blood arrives at her door, and it is only then that Fiona realizes just how perilous her endeavor is. For she has drawn the attention of an obsessive evil, and is no longer the hunter, but the prey. Fiona Mahoney is in the business of blood. But she’s not the only one. With intriguing twists, blood-chilling discoveries, and dazzling prose, USAToday Bestselling author Kerrigan Byrne shows that a woman’s work is never done, even when is sleuthing out a serial killer. My review : When summoned to a gruesome scene close by the last known Jack The Ripper’s murder site, a Post Mortem Sanitation specialist, a crime scene cleaner, finds herself intertwined in a web of secrets, deceits and lies... I spent my teenage years reading sleuth stories like those by Arthur Conan Doyle, Agatha Christie, Leslie Charteris, Lilian Jackson Braun, in between I discovered romance but as those were limited for my young self, mystery reads were not. And just few days ago, I discovered Lady Sherlock series, and I quite loved it. So this read appears at the perfect time for me, sure it is no romance but something hangs in the air. What ever, I loved the atmosphere, this new world perfectly blending among the old world that is London city by the end of the 19th century, which cross the road Oscar Wilde and Arthur Conan Doyle. And for a journey, what a journey it was, I was rooted from page 1 and I nearly threw all my obligations to the window to finish my read today. Don’t ask me why, but the narrative style in the first person, had me instantly thinking at The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie then because of the darkness of the story, I felt like I was back in a P. D. James’ novel sets at a different time period. Mrs Kerrigan Byrne has delivered a reflective tale about life, love and death and our place amidst society and the living, and the cost we pays for it. Fiona is a fabulous heroine, and she can not be named anything else than a heroine. She survived so many ordeals and losses, she recreated herself as a new Fiona one who faces everyday the worst of what humankind has to offer, yet in spite of the walls she has built around herself, she has still warmth and compassion in herself. As I am a romance lover, difficult to not speak of the man who will more certainly become her love interest in the books to come. But as he is seen from Fiona’s lances, it is not easy to discern him. But sure, despite their bickering and many heated arguments, he is protective of her. Not always certain he can trust her but he is attracted to her. Now they are left behind their hate relationship to a more professional business like interaction, how will it or not evolve to more, it is up to the author for the next installments. The investigation which is at the center of this story is one of plenty of ramifications with Fiona as a kind of nucleus as all the men surrounding her are involved in some way. After a time, I had an idea of the culprit, but never I imagined the extend of his madness. This is not a light read but the writing style of Mrs Byrne smoothed it, like a paint can shows horrors and still be a thing of beauty. I loved the cynical quips punctuating this and there Fiona’s retelling of the events, like a rub to help passe the abomination. Even if the book ends on a cliffhanger, it has answered some of the questions I had at the beginning, yet some are still open and for another time. Now I have to wait for the next in this series. 5 stars for a stirring tale with a magnificent heroine by her resilience to continue her quest. I was granted an advance copy by the author, and will purchase my own. Here is my true and unbiased opinion. https://www.facebook.com/429830134272...

  24. 5 out of 5

    ♥Rachel♥

    Wished for more in the romance department, but off to a good start. Loved Justine Eyre's narration! Wished for more in the romance department, but off to a good start. Loved Justine Eyre's narration!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenn

    To say I love Kerrigan Byrne's historical romances would be an understatement. To say I'm not a fan of blood and guts would also be an understatement. However, when you combine those two, I get over the second fact right quick and jump all over this. This story is just perfect for this time of year. A murder mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper is just what this season needs. Fiona spends her days and night cleaning up after death. It's not a luxurious job but someone has to do it. She uses this j To say I love Kerrigan Byrne's historical romances would be an understatement. To say I'm not a fan of blood and guts would also be an understatement. However, when you combine those two, I get over the second fact right quick and jump all over this. This story is just perfect for this time of year. A murder mystery surrounding Jack the Ripper is just what this season needs. Fiona spends her days and night cleaning up after death. It's not a luxurious job but someone has to do it. She uses this job as a way to keep an eye out for the return of Jack the Ripper. Ever since he murdered her friend, two years, she is waiting for his return so she can help in his capture. When murders start appearing similar, she wonders if it's him or a copycat. Pretty soon she's in the midst of a mystery that will cost her more than she ever imagined. I loved Fiona. To be as strong as she is, after what she's been through, is absolutely amazing. I don't think I could do that. She is the only woman in a man's world of death and intrigue, but she holds her own. The men around her all have secrets and the more she does her job, more of their secrets will come to light. When a heart was broken as many times as mine, it shouldn't work anymore. But somehow it still did. It kept going. And so long as it beat in it's chamber, I'd search for the Ripper. When we first heard about this new book, it was said to not be a romance. I love romance. I need romance. But when Kerrigan Byrne writes a book, you read that book. Now I don't know where this series is going to go, but I find myself believing that there may be a few hints of romance in the air, a connection if you will. So I'm gonna cross my fingers and hope Ms. Byrne grants my wish. Even a teeny one. I read an ARC and this is my honest review.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Tracy DeNeal

    She Did It Again Kerrigan Byrne has successfully captured me and immersed me in a third world of hers! First with “The Highwayman” in her Victorian Rebels series, I became hopelessly enraptured. Second along comes the series premiere of “How to Love a Duke in Ten Days.” Now? “The Business of Blood.” Fiona Mahoney is such an interesting and strong lead for this series. I love that no one is completely innocent here, not even the main character. Everyone has something shadowing them. Some bit of “bl She Did It Again Kerrigan Byrne has successfully captured me and immersed me in a third world of hers! First with “The Highwayman” in her Victorian Rebels series, I became hopelessly enraptured. Second along comes the series premiere of “How to Love a Duke in Ten Days.” Now? “The Business of Blood.” Fiona Mahoney is such an interesting and strong lead for this series. I love that no one is completely innocent here, not even the main character. Everyone has something shadowing them. Some bit of “blood” on their hands so to speak. It made for not only an interesting and intriguing read, but also forces the reader to examine his or her own perception of good and evil, saint or sinner. There’s an Oscar Wilde quote that is quite apropos to the thesis of this book. I will have to revise this review to include it. The interspersing of real life historical figures and events delightfully slowed down my reading and allowed me to savor this book. Every time she seamlessly introduced a real life person, my obsessive nature demanded that I stop and google. It just increased my enjoyment of the story. I savored the time I spent immersed in the late Victorian period of old London. I didn’t try to jump ahead of the mystery. I allowed myself to meander along with Fiona and discover it all through her eyes. What a fantastic voyage. The publishers who were so shortsighted to reject this novel? Fools! All of them. I encourage all authors with passion projects of this caliber to follow in Byrne’s footsteps. Believe in your books. The correct audience will find your words. I’m so glad that I purchased this book in paperback form. It’s a keeper. Read it! I highly recommend it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Natasha

    I love a good Jack the Ripper story!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Minx

    The Business of Blood is a chilling story that is not for the weak of stomach nor the weak of heart. Fiona Mahoney was a woman who had very few options afforded to her. When she first immigrated to America, it was to join her friend Mary and become a prostitute but once she saw what that reality entailed, she decided that she had to come up with a different plan, quick, fast, and in a hurry. To meet her financial needs, Fiona started an 1890’s version of a crime scene cleanup service. In her mind The Business of Blood is a chilling story that is not for the weak of stomach nor the weak of heart. Fiona Mahoney was a woman who had very few options afforded to her. When she first immigrated to America, it was to join her friend Mary and become a prostitute but once she saw what that reality entailed, she decided that she had to come up with a different plan, quick, fast, and in a hurry. To meet her financial needs, Fiona started an 1890’s version of a crime scene cleanup service. In her mind, a little blood and brain matter was a better alternative to what others in her life situation were having to do to make a little money. Her chosen profession did not endear her to the company of women and left her with few traditional options such as marriage and children because not too many men in those times would be okay with what she did for a living. Honestly, she wasn’t too keen on finding anyone because she was still nursing a broken heart. I personally thought she was pretty darn awesome! Fiona may have started her cleaning service as an alternative to prostitution but after her childhood best friend, Mary, was killed two years ago by Jack the Ripper, Fiona’s occupation became her obsession. She was determined to learn everything she could about forensics, how to read a crime scene, and about Jack himself. If he struck again, she wanted to be able to recognize it and because more than anything she wanted to find the man responsible and make him pay for what he did to Mary. Her fixation on all things related to crime and murder was the reason why most of the cast in this story are of the male persuasion. There were not many women that Fiona came across on her day to day dealings. Many of the male characters in this story that Fiona interacts with that are from very different walks of life. There is no romance in this book really but there does seem to be a few male characters who have a more than an acquaintance type of interest in Fiona. Fiona of course hardly notices because she has never truly moved on from her childhood sweetheart. That is a wound that just never seemed to heal for her, the poor thing. Out of all the guys there was one fella in particular that I honestly had quite the dislike for from the start, Inspector Grayson Croft. Oh my gosh, I wanted him to take a long walk of a short pier for a majority of the book. He was truly very infuriating but there were glimpses of a decent man here and there and it made me, grudgingly, come to accept him and almost sort of like the guy. Fiona was a thorn in Grayson’s side for most of the story because he just wanted her to stay out of his way as he inspected the murders that were taking place. That always gave me a smile, she could really get under his skin. I loved Fiona’s tenacity in this story but I will admit that she came across as a bit naive and there were times where I wanted to know what the heck she was thinking. It was like she didn’t have the natural instinct for survival. I would have liked her to be a little more wary, especially since a certain serial killer had taken a keen interest in her. That is also what drew me to her as well, her passion for those that she cared for and her unquenchable desire to understand why. I became very caught up in her hunt and what a twisted trail it became. Overall, The Business of Blood became a story that absolutely captivated me and Fiona Mahoney is a character that I am eager to join again. I cannot wait for book two, A Treacherous Trade, which publishes later this year!!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Leona

    This review was originally posted at my website, Leona Woolfolk*I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. When I learned that one of my favorite authors was coming with a story that was a play on the Jack the Ripper story I was all for it. I also loved that instead of a male lead for the story Byrne chose to have a female character that works in a male dominated career as her MC (main charac This review was originally posted at my website, Leona Woolfolk*I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. When I learned that one of my favorite authors was coming with a story that was a play on the Jack the Ripper story I was all for it. I also loved that instead of a male lead for the story Byrne chose to have a female character that works in a male dominated career as her MC (main character). With that being said, I didn't enjoy The Business of Blood as much as I hoped to. I'm not exactly sure if it was the pacing of the story or the 'hit the ground running' momentum of the story's start, but I found it really hard to focus on what was going on. (Maybe I just wasn't mentally prepared for the story and that interfered with my ability to connect with the characters and storyline). I really enjoyed the dynamic between Fiona and Hao, there was something pure and yet intriguing about how connected they both were; even though he was a supporting character it was good that he was a constant aspect within this story that had so many things up in the air. While many of my peers are toting The Business of Blood as dark or gory I find that while the gore level might be higher than what I'm used to, the darkness of the story was no where near my limit. If anything I would have to say that The Hunter by Kerrigan Byrne was her most dark and gruesome story so far, maybe it was all the aspects of that story that contributed to that opinion but yeah The Business of Blood didn't wow or shock me as some of my peers seem to have been. I don't know, it feels weird that I didn't love The Business of Blood as much as I was hoping. I would've probably enjoyed reading about Fiona before the death of Mary instead of receiving flash backs or recounted recollections about that particular time in her life. I love the person she became after that tragedy but ... I don't know, there was just something missing that I needed to fall face first into this story and lose myself into what the story had to offer. I may, in the future, give this story another chance because it just doesn't feel right that my experience in this story went so left.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shoshanna Ford

    This might be the best book I have ever read in my whole life, and I've read a LOT of books. I mean, wow. This book is amazing.  This book has absolutely everything you could possibly want. Tantalizing touches of romance are woven through a horrifying tale full of drama and intrigue in Kerrigan Byrne's signature flawless narrative. I honestly could not look away from this book. I spent the last several hours curled up with this book, and I regret nothing. Unputdownable does not even come close to This might be the best book I have ever read in my whole life, and I've read a LOT of books. I mean, wow. This book is amazing.  This book has absolutely everything you could possibly want. Tantalizing touches of romance are woven through a horrifying tale full of drama and intrigue in Kerrigan Byrne's signature flawless narrative. I honestly could not look away from this book. I spent the last several hours curled up with this book, and I regret nothing. Unputdownable does not even come close to explaining it.  Fiona is an absolutely stunning character, full of deep emotions, intense backstory, and an all consuming quest for justice. Watching her character grow throughout the story is mesmerizing. Fiona has experienced so much loss and strife, but she fights through it like the champion she is. I found myself cheering her small victories, and crying out in shock and horror at her awful discoveries. She is a strong heroine, the kind anyone could cheer for. The supporting characters are each similarly three dimensional and complex. Fiona's aunt, whom she cares for, is an amazing character. I love small twists of paranormal activity, and this story is rife with it. I am head over heels in love with Inspector Croft. I love the strong, silent types. *wink*. Croft is the hero of all our dreams. *swoon*. My favorite supporting character is Aramis Night Horse. Mr. Night Horse is a member of the Blackfoot nation. My favorite part of the whole book comes when Fiona and Aramis Night Horse discuss their nearly identical history. It is both a heartbreaking reminder of some of the darkest parts of European history, along with a gentle reminder that people of all types, from all places, can, and often do, share similar life experiences. It was just so damn well written!  The entire story is, as expected, completely engrossing. The writing is absolute perfection. I have come to expect nothing less from Kerrigan Byrne, and have never yet been disappointed. The plot is focused, driven, and well developed. The world is expertly crafted, with beloved historical figures woven in to lend credence and context. Absolutely stunning story crafting. As always.  This story ends in a cliffhanger! And it's a doozy! I cannot believe she's making us wait til TWENTY TWENTY ONE for the conclusion of this story. My patience hurts just thinking about it. That being said, I am positively thrilled that it is to be a three part series. I cannot wait to read the remaining books!  ssshwearereading.wordpress.com/2019/1...

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