Second Stoker & Bash mystery is just as enthralling as the first

Copy of Copy of Stoker _ Bash 2 FINAL (1)The Fruit of the Poisonous Tree by Selina Kray

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Review when I’m at the laptop tomorrow.

This was awesome! Oh my word it had everything I wanted from a Victorian detective melodrama and then some. I love Kip & Hiero as a pairing they’re not perfect, in fact, they spend as much time being cross with each other as they do loving each other.

There’s lots more of Hiero’s background slowly revealed in this one too, and it drip feeds into the overall narrative in a very clever way as Stoker and Bash and the gang investigate two separate crimes all centred on the dodgy Daughters of Eden.

We also have tensions from the arrival in the household in Berkeley Square of a new helper for Lillian Pankhurst and, again, here parts of this are woven into the wider mystery which centres on just what’s going on behind the very impressive walls of the home of the Daughters.

As with book one, Selina draws on real events for inspiration and, as it would be impossible to summarise without spoiling the plot, let me just say I had no clue right up until the denoument who the villain was going to be.

Love the pacing, love the setting, love the characters. Don’t love the fact Book Three won’t be out until Autumn next year!!

PS: I love the cover concepts for this series but I do have a wee criticism in that Kip is supposed to be flame-haired, have copper tresses, Bash loves his auburn locks etc

#ARC kindly received from the author in return for an honest and unbiased review

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