A Madeline Karno Mystery, A Lady in Shadows continues to follow Doctor Death in her new murder mystery. But true to the country settings, the press changes her name is Mademoiselle Death.
An intelligent, turn of the century woman? Sign. Me. Up. A woman that chooses to honor the dead by doing both forensic work and autopsies? Yes, please. This is a gem and a fantastic follow up to Kaaberbøl's original about London's Ripper, Doctor Death.
I enjoyed the expansion on Madeline, to see her drive begin to be fulfilled and that it isn't hampered by any of the men in her life. I enjoyed that she is a modern, feminist thinker. Kaaberbøl deals with reproduction (hard not to when it is a story focused on France's real life Ripper) and toes a very uneasy line with ideas of abortion and artificial insemination.
Though it is supposed to be a mystery, I really have to disagree. I knew "Who Dun It" at about a quarter of the way into the book. And all the foreshadowing only reaffirmed my conclusion. But, like the book states over and over again: "Facts first. Then the conclusion." Really, it's less about the gruesome, twisted, horrible bad guy being slapped in handcuffs and more about the adventure of the art and act of catching them.
A solid 4 and a good mystery for the cold, dark days that will surround its release in December. Pre-order now!