The Infidel Stain | Reading This Weekend #3

The Infidel Stain by M.J. Carter | Published April 30th 2015

If you have clicked the subscribe button over the last week or so, hello and welcome! Apologies for the slight radio silence, my Grandfather passed away last week and I have been having a little bit of internet-free time reminiscing with family. This book dropped through my letterbox a couple of days ago and I had another one of those moments where I thought I'd been buying books in my sleep because I wasn't expecting it. I started reading almost immediately (sometimes it's nice to escape real life for a while when things feel a little heavy, I'm sure you'll agree - and that's the magic of books right there!) and it seems to be a case of finding the right book at just the right time - so whichever kind soul over at Fig Tree/Penguin sent this my way, eternal thank you's are in order!  

Typically books within any part of the 'historical' genre aren't something I gravitate towards but I couldn't even begin to tell you why because I have no idea, and I'm starting to think I've been missing out. Perhaps I'm letting my deep dislike for period dramas cloud my judgement and I shouldn't let it anymore. Or perhaps it's because this is a good old murder mystery novel and they're always a lot of fun when they're well written. And oh how well written this is! A Victorian murder mystery, what could be better?!

It seems to be the second in a series, the first being The Strangler Vine, but not having read the first hasn't had any impact on my enjoyment thus far. I'm just over half way in and so far it's really great. The attention given to the tiny details give an incredibly rich understanding of location, not too far removed from the kind of detail that a certain Robert Galbraith gives. The dynamic between the two central characters, Blake & Avery, is somewhat akin to that of Poirot & Captain Hastings; one is a little aloof, spending time working through clues methodically and the other wanders around a little haphazardly. Those two aspects combined seem to yield a cracking novel and I can't wait to see what happens. I shall have to track down a copy of the first very soon and I think I'll be keeping my fingers firmly crossed for more Blake & Avery novels in the future!  

What will you be reading this weekend?

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  1. Sounds like a really nice book. And such a gorgeous cover too! I love the way books can bring solace. Works every time.

  2. I know you shouldn't judge a book by its cover but it's beautiful. Glad it gave you a little bit of happiness in a dark time

  3. Oh wow, what a beautiful book! I've been discovering the world of historical fiction lately and really enjoying it. This sounds like a good book! x

    Lorna // Scared Toast


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