Review: Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow by Kate Griffin

5114tlmQplL._SX324_BO1,204,203,200_During the excitement of publication week for A Patient Fury, I was still able to read lots of crime novels – the new Le Carre, Nicola Upson’s Nine Lessons and a couple of classic crime books. Thanks to everyone who took part in the competitions. All the winners have been notified (names can be found at the bottom of the posts) and their books sent. I’m now catching up with posts on some of the excellent books which I’ve not yet got around to reviewing, the first of which is Kitty Peck and the Daughter of Sorrow by Kate Griffin.

I’m a big fan of the Kitty Peck books, reviewing the first on Crimepieces. I caught up with the second, Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill Fortune before reading her latest outing but I’m relieved that each book can be read as a standalone which I always greatly value in a series. Kitty Peck has inherited Paradise, her grandmother’s Docklands entertainment empire, and is determined to keep the business intact despite rivals circling. The absence of Lady Ginger, however, and the disappearance of her brother means that Kitty is vulnerable and forced to seek new allies.

Kitty Pack and the Daughter of Sorrow is darker than Griffin’s previous book as Kitty gets sucked into the Paradise underworld and, in particular, the grips of opium. This is a more vulnerable Kitty and yet the spark remains despite the trials of finding out who her enemies are. Griffin balances the darkness with glorious descriptions of Victorian London and its ill smells during a heatwave. There are some lovely new characters, particular Sam Collins, who was a delight to discover and, as usual, Griffin’s language is wonderful and suited to the rich and bawdy setting.

I suspect Kitty Pack and the Daughter of Sorrow will garner Kitty Peck new followers and encourage readers to pick up earlier books. This is a series going from strength to strength.

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Giveaway week – A Patient Fury Day #5

It’s the final day of the giveaway week to celebrate the publication of A Patient Fury.  I occasionally review classic crime on Crimepieces and collect the green vintage penguins. A picture of one of my bookcases in on the right. Inevitably, despite keeping a list of my collection, I often end up with duplicates. I’m giving away five classic Penguins in today’s competition written by Wilkie Collins, Simenon, Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle and Margery Allingham.

For aficionados the complete list is:

Lord Edgware Dies by Agatha Christie (no.685)

Mystery Mile by Margey Allingham (no.761)

The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle (no.805)

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins (no.1072)

The Hatters Ghost’s by George Simenon (no. 1456)

As with the previous days, to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is ‘like’ my Facebook page

 

 

and sign-up to my newsletter below.

 

 

That’s it! If you’ve already signed up to receive my newsletter, then simply leave a comment below telling me who your favourite classic crime author is.

The competition will be open until tonight Friday evening (the 8th) at 6pm BST when I’ll be drawing ALL the winners for the week and I’ll announce them here. The competition is open to entries worldwide.  Good luck and don’t forget to check out the previous competitions this week.

Thanks to everyone who’s taken part this week and made publication so memorable.

***The competition is now closed. Congratulations to winner Linda Cunningham. Thanks to everyone who took part.***

Giveaway week – A Patient Fury Day #4

Today is hardback publication day of A Patient Fury. There’s nothing like having a physical book in your hands and it was very exciting to open the box sent to me by my publishers, Faber and Faber. A Patient Fury is  the story of a deadly house fire in Derbyshire and a mother believed responsible for  killing her entire family. However, there appears to be fourth figure in the shadows. Could the disappearance of Elizabeth Winson in 1980 have anything to do the murder of her husband’s new family?

To celebrate, I’m giving away two hardback sets of my books: one for a UK reader and the other for a reader outside the UK.

As with the previous days, to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is ‘like’ my Facebook page

 

 

and sign-up to my newsletter below.

 

 

That’s it! If you’ve already signed up to receive my newsletter, then simply leave a comment below telling me who your favourite British crime author is.

The competition will be open until Friday evening (the 8th) at 6pm BST when I’ll be drawing ALL the winners for the week and I’ll announce them here. The competition is open to entries worldwide.  Good luck and don’t forget to check out the previous competitions this week. Here’s a glimpse of what’s coming tomorrow.

 

 

 

 

*** The competition is now closed. Congratulations to winners Peggy in the US and Sheila Howes. Thanks to all who entered and for all the best wishes on publication day.***

Giveaway week – A Patient Fury Day #3

Regular readers of this blog will know I’m a big fan of translated crime fiction and Nordic noir in particular. Today, to celebrate the publication of A Patient Fury, I’m giving away a set of the Martin Beck books by Maj Sjöwall and Per Wahlöö. Published between 1965 and 1975, the books have been a huge influence on many writers. This edition has introductions from authors such as Henning Mankell and Colin Dexter and when placed together spell the name of their detective across the spine. It’s a lovely set and a duplicate of the ones I already have. I’ll also throw in a packet of Scandi chocolates for liquorice fans.

We’ve just opened entires for the 2018 Petrona Award for Translated Scandinavian Crime Fiction and I’m looking forward to reading the entries.

As with the previous days, to enter the giveaway, all you need to do is ‘like’ my Facebook page

 

 

 

and sign-up to my newsletter below.

 

 

That’s it! If you’ve already signed up to receive my newsletter, then simply leave a comment below telling me who your favourite Nordic author is.

The competition will be open until Friday evening (the 8th) at 6pm BST when I’ll be drawing ALL the winners for the week and I’ll announce them here. The competition is open to entries worldwide.  Good luck and here’s a glimpse of what’s on offer for the rest of the week:

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***The competition is now closed. Congratulations to winner Victoria Goodbody. Thanks for all the entries and it’s great to hear of Henning Mankell’s enduring appeal.’