City of Darkness

City of Darkness By Kim Wright, City of Darkness City of Darkness takes place in London where Jack the Ripper roams the streets with impunity and Scotland Yard seems helpless to stop him The science of forensics is in its infancy but a few det
  • Title: City of Darkness
  • Author: Kim Wright
  • ISBN: 9781477417379
  • Page: 415
  • Format: Paperback
  • City of Darkness By Kim Wright, City of Darkness takes place in 1888 London, where Jack the Ripper roams the streets with impunity and Scotland Yard seems helpless to stop him The science of forensics is in its infancy but a few detectives Trevor Welles among them recognize that they are dealing with a different sort of killer, a modern criminal who chooses his victims at random If Jack is to beCity of Darkness takes place in 1888 London, where Jack the Ripper roams the streets with impunity and Scotland Yard seems helpless to stop him The science of forensics is in its infancy but a few detectives Trevor Welles among them recognize that they are dealing with a different sort of killer, a modern criminal who chooses his victims at random If Jack is to be caught, he won t be caught with Scotland Yard s normal methods of deduction for there is no logic to this madness The question is no longer Why was the victim killed but rather How was the victim killed For the first time in the history of detection, science is trumping deductive reasoning.When a twist of fate puts Trevor in charge of the case, he hastily assembles Scotland Yard s first forensics team Davy Mabrey, the first bobby on the scene of the grisliest of the murders, whose working class common sense proves an invaluable asset, Rayley Abrams, a cautious intellectual whose future at the Yard is marginalized due to his Jewish heritage, Tom Bainbridge, a medical student with aristocratic connections and a secret drinking problem, and Emma Kelly, sister of the Ripper s last victim who has a troubled past and a gift for linguistics The team finds an unlikely ally in the form of Queen Victoria herself, who takes an unusual level of interest in the Ripper case and secretly funds the unit But will they stop Jack in time to spare Leanna Bainbridge, the young heiress with whom Trevor has fallen madly and improbably in love While City of Darkness takes place in London, its sequel, City of Light, will travel to Paris on the eve of the Exposition Universalle, the ultimate World s Fair which debuted Edison s phonograph, Buffalo Bill s Wild West Show, and the Eiffel Tower The third book, City of Silence, will take place in St Petersburg where Victoria s beloved granddaughter Alexandria is on the verge of marrying the young czar Nicolas, much to her grandmother s dismay Throughout the series the Scotland Yard forensics team, which serves as a sort of Victorian era CSI, will circle the world to investigate high profile cases, most often at the urging of the Queen.
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    1. Kim Wright

      When I was a kid I was so obsessed with books I used to check out four at a time from the library that was the limit in the small NC town where I was raised then walk down the street, sit under a tree, and read them as fast a I could so I could go back to get four Now I am the author of Love in Mid Air, The Unexpected Waltz, The Canterbury Sisters, and the most recent, Last Ride to Graceland, all published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster I also write the City of Mystery series which includes City of Darkness, City of Light, City of Silence, City of Bells, City of Stone, and the Christmas themed novella, The Angel of Hever Castle This series is set in the Victorian era and deals with another of my obsessions, the founding of the first forensics unit in Scotland Yard My chief detective, Trevor Welles, struggles to be a modern man in an antiquated system I am the mother of two grown children and recently became a grandmother for the first time I highly recommend it My hobbies include ballroom dance, travel, and dogs.

    402 thoughts on “City of Darkness”

    1. No rating, DNF at 15%Three reasons why 1 Five or six points of view just in the first chapter, together with stilted dialogues and superfluous descriptiveness.2 Trash an americanism par excellence 3 And then this did it The Bainbridge family emeralds and the Gainsborough portrait of our mother, I entrust to my sister Now, if you want to do artists names dropping fine with me, but at least play safe Thomas Gainsborough died in 1788 How many are the chances for a character a still active scientist [...]


    2. This was a very good story with some very sloppy editing which easily cost it a star from me It astounds me time and time again why someone would go to all this trouble, all the research too in the case of this story and then chuck it out there with no thought for a good proofreading exercise WHY would you do that The main issue with this book was that there were lots and lots of words dropped from sentences most bizarrelyke in a the to They drove me to utter distraction, not because I ve not se [...]


    3. I SO wanted to love this book I ve lived in London over half of my life and am fascinated with this city especially during the Victorian era Like a lot of people, I am also slightly fascinated by the Ripper murders So this book should have been perfect for me.The good bit I managed to finish it So that s not a bad thing because I often stop reading a book as soon as it starts annoying me However there were elements of this book that kept me reading Most of the characters were engaging enough to [...]


    4. Interesting take on Jack the Ripper I never guessed who the Ripper was, at least in this author s opinion I liked the story about the Bainbridge family, with the throwing away of normal customs for 1888 It was a nice mixture of fiction with known facts I liked the info on early forensics, as well Was a little slow at the beginning, but did pick up, which is why I went with only 3 stars.


    5. I like murder mysteries set in Victorian London, I haven t read a lot of fiction about the Ripper murders So, I thought this might be a good new series for me and was eager to sink my teeth into the story.I read over a hundred pages before deciding to move on to another book There were too many things that didn t hang well in the context of a Victorian setting In general, if something is considered in poor taste or bad manners today you know that Victorian sensibilities are going view it even h [...]


    6. This started off so promisingI loved the opening that showed us Martha Tabram s last minutes I usually hate cold openings in books but Wright managed to describe it in a way that made me actually feel for her Then we got introduced to Leanna s family and they seem quite interesting but then it soon goes downhill and soon I simply didn t care for any of the characters any They re all incredibly flat and cliched Cecil is the gambling jerk, Williamexists, Leanna s aunt is QUIRKY and FEMINIST and di [...]


    7. Done I think it s enjoyable and not a bad read There were enjoyable parts and annoying parts, just as every book would have.Good Jack the Ripper and Victorian London backdrop I am not a Ripper expert, so I enjoyed this setting Surprise twist I didn t knew who Ripper was until a lot of clues were given maybe I am just not very well prep for mystery The connection and relationship between the characters are nice I especially interested in the family drama I like how they introduce some of the rece [...]


    8. I love anything to do with Jack the Ripper I have since I was a teenager must be the unsolved nature of the murders that intrigues me so generally I avoid fictional accounts that have to do with the Ripper as they re usually completely ludicrous in playing out who the Ripper supposedly was even in fiction from However, this book really captured the Ripper murders quite well the way the Bainbridge family was tied into the Ripper killings how the police handled the case the mistakes that were made [...]


    9. Set in London when Jack the Ripper was loose and doing his side job of murdering women, guess this would be called a historical fiction Don t read many of them, so not entirely sure but sure this was much better than I anticipated It was a free Kindle, which makes them even better but regardless, I ll put it down if it s not good No longer wasting my time trying to get through books which I don t like Piercy s characters were well developed, the storyline was interesting and weaving Jack the Rip [...]


    10. Good bookYou people should just read this book yourselves and write your own review on this novel yourself and I really enjoyed reading this book very much so Shelley MA


    11. For a bibliophile like me there is nothing so exciting as a book that causes my pulse to race, gets me so deeply involved with the characters and the story that I stay up late and push my lunch hour to read, and generally am consumed City of Darkness was one of those books How can I express how much I loved this book I am almost disappointed that I have read it and I don t have the delight of picking it up again for the first time and becoming a passive bystander to the London streets of 1888 Au [...]


    12. Where to begin, where to begin How about I say I absolutely loved this book It takes a lot for me to say that, with multiple exclamation points, but this book definitely earned it If I ranked books, this would hands down be a 5 Star book I picked this up as a freebie for my Kindle, as I love a good historical novel I also have this macabre fascination with murder mysteries true and fictional, so the fact this revolved around the White Chapel murders attributed to Jack the Ripper I was even intr [...]


    13. City of Darkness is the first ebook I read on my new Kindle Fire and it was a great experience The book was phenomenal and I looked forward to sitting in my bed curled up with blankets reading about the city of London in 1888 while Jack the Ripper roams the streets.I read Kim Wright s Love in Mid Air two years ago and enjoyed it as well This book, however, seems to be in a different genre While Love in Mid Air was of a women s fiction novel, City of Darkness was an historical mystery I find her [...]


    14. City of Darkness by Kim Wright is a well written story about Jack the Ripper and a group of detectives looking at forensics to help catch him This story pulled me in from the beginning, I couldn t put it down I can t wait for the next chapter to be released later this year.There were so many characters that will capture your attention and they all grow as the story progresses I found Detective Trevor Welles to be an interesting character in that he was thinking outside of the norm for 1880 He pu [...]


    15. Love the atmospheric books set in London during the days of Jack the Ripper and since this actually dealt with Jack the Ripper atmospheric it definitely was I could feel the difference between the dark slums of the East End and the sedate and definitely well off section of Mayfair.I was even a bit confused as to who may be the Ripper according to this book since the real culprit has never been discovered, Patricia Cornwell s announcement aside I thought some of the obvious suspects were a bit [...]


    16. Finish Time 6 nights Really enjoyed this book I feel like I have yet to say that with all my book reviews But I found a winner yay I actually tend to shy away from series I have no idea why they just never look appealing to me And on my quest to not pay for books I read I don t want to get hooked and then have to actually pay for a book But I have a plan for this one I actually found the series when I downloaded Book 2 for free AND realized since it was the end of April my May free download will [...]


    17. I liked this book It was a fun read, if you can have fun reading about Jack the Ripper.City of Darkness has a fairly large cast of characters that advance the plot nicely But it s the sub plot and pace of the writing that really keep this book moving along I liked Kim Wright s mixture of fact and fiction, and wasn t the least bit put off when artistic license was taken, because it enhanced this particular story and these particular characters I m generally pretty good at figuring out a who done [...]


    18. This is the first in a series of mysteries featuring prominent European cities from the Victorian era This first one is set in London It features many of the staples you would expect in a Victorian era mystery, crime, family scandal, romance and Jack the Ripper It evokes the atmosphere that I expect from a book of this location and time period I m very susceptible to atmosphere so I was pleased with that.Jack the Ripper is causing panic in London and the police are doing everything they can thin [...]


    19. Birth of forensics in Scotland Yard Good character development and interesting plot twists interwoven with Victorian history and the beginnings of forensic science provide a very convincing version of the saga of Jack the Ripper.


    20. This was a very interesting book Normally, I don t really go for murder mysteries, but this one has one of my hot button subjects in it the story was written around the Jack the Ripper murders in London It also dealt with early forensic methods, ala CSI of today Surrounding all of this murder mystery goodness was a regency style early romantic courtship As some earlier reviews on pointed out, there were some rather glaring editorial errors like misspelled words, words missing starting letters, a [...]


    21. Another book that I truly enjoyed It was placed in England at the time of Jack the Ripper It almost spoiled the whole Jack the Ripper mystery, but it didn t quite It was interesting to see the way the main detective tried to start a forensic department in Scotland Yard, and it was interesting to see what kinds of difficulties there were in solving crimes without any of the tools that we just take for granted nowadays.It was written from two angles that it eventually joined Both angles were prese [...]


    22. DNF I went into this book with as much of an open mind as I could I told myself I would not nit pick over any Jack the Ripper inaccuracies and for the most part I didn t Of course I didn t get too far before I gave up It seemed pretty obvious who the author was leaning towards as Jack the Ripper though again I don t know I it turned out to be the case I think my main problem is with the Victorian style novels They just seem SO DULL to me Obviously I would be annoyed if they were true to the per [...]


    23. I m a little ambivalent on this one, and I m waivering between 2 and 3 stars It gets 2 stars, because i m leaning towards it was okay , rather than i liked it There was no subtlety in the author s efforts to create suspense as to who the identity of Jack the Ripper was At times, it felt a little like she was saying Reader, it s not REALLY name of character , but I want you to think that, so here s a BIG FAT RED HERRING for you Aren t I mysterious And quite honestly, it wasn t really all that we [...]


    24. Jack the Ripper is claiming victims in London and Scotland Yard puts together a CSI level forensics team Meanwhile, a down and out countryside family is rocked by the only girl s inheritance of her grandfather s fortune Similar to The Alienist amateurs playing sleuths, the beginnings of forensics, etc Kim Wright did a good job layering elements of class, money and gender into the character questions, while keeping the characters likable and interesting Favorite scene All of the scenes in Aunt Ge [...]


    25. Really enjoyed the way the stories of the different characters were drawn together over the course of the book I found myself reading it every spare moment It s very well written.One of my favorite things is the short chapter glimpses of an unknown man we can only guess is he who becomes Jack the Ripper You see bits of his life from boyhood on, without ever actually knowing who he is yet dreading the inevitable, that he must be the oneUltimately, I was slightly disappointed at the revelation of [...]


    26. I haven t read a mystery in a while and had quite forgotten how much I enjoyed historical mysteries This one is set in London at the time of the Jack the Ripper killings an era that I was introduced to on a trip to London with my then teenaged son, who insisted on the London Walks Jack the Ripper Walk their most popular, I understand Because the killings were never solved, the best this author could do was to propose a logical suspect one that I guessed as well , and leave it unsolved as he slip [...]


    27. Victorian England, Jack the Ripper, Whitechappel, the landed gentry vs the service class vs the prostitutes and nare do wells in the wretched slums of London a fabulous, fun, fast and very entertaining read Fans of Dickens and Sherlock Holmes like me will enjoy being immersed in this era piece The first book of the City of Light series, the cast of characters are assembled The power of physical evidence and forensic science are just introduced to Scotland Yard by Trevor Welles, the lead detectiv [...]


    28. Another take on Jack the Ripper What author Wright came up with as why the killings stopped is very plausible I enjoyed the book and as this is the first book in a series I will definitely read the next which takes place in Paris I have already downloaded the second book to my Kindle, not sure when I will start reading.I read a review where the reviewer said she stopped reading about a quarter of the way because the author was making it known early on who was the killer If that reviewer should r [...]


    29. A ripping good taleThis fictional account based on Jack the Ripper is entrancing from beginning to end Leanna Bainbridge s grandfather has died and left the bulk of his estate to her, much to the dismay of her three brothers.She travels to London to stay with her aunt There other characters are introduced, among them a Scotland Yard detective and a doctor There is much madness and mayhem in the story, concluding with the author s revelation of the Ripper s identity Of course, he escapes the atte [...]


    30. A Victorian era mystery featuring Jack the Ripper There are any number of similar books, but City of Darkness is well done and introduces a cast of characters I will be happy to follow into the next book in the series, City of Light Jack the Ripper mysteries are somewhat different from others in that we know Jack is the murderer the mystery is his true identity Author Kim Wright presents or rather slaps the reader across the face with several obvious red herrings yet still managed to keep me gue [...]


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