A Victorian London murder mystery being solved by a chimney sweep?
You have my attention!And once my attention was captured, this book kept it!
The characters were rich enough that I thought in the back of my mind that this must not be the first of the Tom Wasp books (Great news, it isn’t!) but wholly contained enough that I didn’t feel I was missing anything. The chimney sweep lifestyle and idioms were so well done I went out and found another book on chimney sweeps just so I could learn more. And the mystery was different enough to keep me flipping pages past bedtime.
Would I recommend it? A page turner that sent me to the library looking for more on the subject? Oh, and did I mention that it made me laugh out loud on more than one occasion? Really, what’s not to love?
Just in case it was unclear the answer to all those questions is, “Yes, get the book!” (Though perhaps you should start with the first one, it wasn’t necessary but it is definitely now on my “to read” list!)
I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I discovered this book because I’m a proud member of Rosie’s Book Review Team!
Thank you Jessie.
Reblogged this on anita dawes and jaye marie.
I have recently done research about the lives of child chimney sweeps. It is fascinating.
We just read as a family. Sweep, a girl and her monster and it led us down a few google rabbit holes learning more about sweeps and children climbers. Fascinating and horrifying! (And if that research you are doing shows up in a book let me know!!!)