Alter Ego eI absolutely LOVED this wonderful book So atmospheric and full of character Abigail was such a gutsy girl one of my favourite heroines of all time Spunky and bright Abigail Lawless uncoversvidence that a recent suicide may have been murder in 1816 Dublin I was immediately drawn to the first line the first page of THE CORONER S DAUGHTER Pegasus Books May 2017 For my ighteenth birthday Father promised me the hand of a handsome young man which he duly delivered mounted in a glass bell jar And so it begins a lovely relationship between Abby Lawless and her father the town s coroner Abby is a spunky slightly uirky young woman with an adventuresome spirit I was taken with her almost immediately Plus she loves science But it s 1816 in Dublin and young women just don t run around with their academic fathers who teach at Trinity College dissecting the dead At one point in the story Abby says and I m paraphrasing Well if I were a man and had this interest it would be considered a fascination but I m a woman and so it s a macabre fixation When a young nursemaid in a distinguished family is found with a dead infant it s assumed she killed her newborn But that s not xactly the case and Abby wants to get to the bottom of it And then that woman is brought to her father s dissection room death by suicide I ll be honest this is the macabre and gruesome thing that piued my interest in THE CORONER S DAUGHTER But The narrative drifts considerably from that instigating plot I became a bit impatient as we trudged through the gloomy streets of Dublin following leads that focused on a religious sect known as the Brethren It s all there for good reason as it Uncommon Wisdom establishes the conspiracy theory involved I kept reading because I loved Abigail and her fight for justice There are a few twists and turns in THE CORONER S DAUGHTER some good action scenes and a little romantic relief as well Hughes does a considerable job of laying the ground and setting a compelling scene of brooding Irish landscape which Injoyed immensely His research is vident too and accurately displays a historical tale of murder suicide and forensic science For all my reviews including author interviews please see wwwleslielindsaycom Special thanks to Pegasus Books for this review copy All thoughts are my own This Mystery Novel A mystery novel about a s daughter by the author Andrew Hughes has been a joyful revelation *To Me For This Story Kept Me *me for this story kept me from start to finishStorytelling is of a superb uality all characters come wonderfully to life within this thrilling tale and the place Dublin Ireland and its surroundings are beautifully pictured in this very ntertaining. ’s searches begin to uncover the well guarded secrets of two factions the Christian Brethren and a burgeoning rationalist community drawing the attention of a sinister figure who Art emerges in fleeting glimpses and second hand reports the man with the lazyyeDetermined resourceful and intuitive Abigail Lawless merges as a young lady sleuth operating at the dawn of forensic scienc.
SUMMARY é SHELVING-FOR-BOOKS.CO.UK ↠ Andrew HughesFour and a half starsI picked this one up on the recommendation of a strong review from Smart Btches and had to agree this atmospheric mystery totally worked for meAbigail Lawless is the only child of the city coroner She s grown up around her father s tools of the trade and he has mostly indulged her curiosity treating her as a person not as merely female When a young nursemaid murders her baby and then is found dead shortly after Abigail senses all is not as it might seem and determines to get to the truthAn interestingly plotted story The Coroner s Daughter kept me agerly turning its pages Abigail is an imperfect heroine in an imperfect world but her determination and sense of justice
#are a delight #a delight behold I would absolutely read adventures about Ms Lawless This was a wild wild ride and I loved it Abigail is seemingly so calm and collected but never boring I can only hope this is the first in a series because the teeny tiny hint of romance begs for It didn t take long at all for me to become attached to Abigail s character I couldn t help but admire her determination to discover the truth Even if at times she managed to get herself into some pretty tricky situations Especially as a woman of that time wouldn t have been usually doing the things Abby did Abby is curious independent and Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard eager to learn which I loved due to her father s work she has a first hand knowledge of medical and scientific facts Which is definitely where her curiosity comes from along with making sure the truth will be revealed The addition of science and medicine to the story was perfect and made the storyven The Matriarchs (The Family enjoyable for me Andrew Hughes has a lovely descriptive writing style that made me feel as if I was right therexperiencing Notes for the Everlost everything with the characters The scene was set perfectly along with giving the reader an interesting mystery to solve and an intriguing religious aspect too I reallynjoyed the friendship between Abby and Ewan it was a lovely addition providing some lighter moments to balance out with the mystery The story moves at a good pace and kept my interest throughout with clues and secrets being revealed at just the right moment to keep the me invested in discovering the truth A wonderful story that just cements my love of historical fictionFive stars from meWith thanks to Thomas at Transworld for my copy This is my
honest and unbiased opinion The Year Without a Summer 1816 attributed to the ruption of a volcanoand unbiased opinion the year without a summer 1816 attributed to Year Without a Summer 1816 attributed to ruption of a volcano the Dutch East Indies provides a properly gloomy and unusual weather setting for Andrew Hughes brilliant The Coroner s DaughterAbigail Lawless the coroner s precocious daughter No Biggy! early on in the novel becomes cu. Dublin 1816 A young nursemaid conceals a pregnancy and then murders her newborn in the home of the Neshams a prominent family in a radical Christian sect known as the Brethren Rumors swirl about the identity of the child’s father but before an inuest can be held the maid is found dead after an apparent suicide When Abigail Lawless theighteen year old daughter of the city coron. Rious about a young nursemaid accused of murdering her newborn baby Her curiosity reveals the identity of the child s father leads to the murder of the servant initially adjudged a suicide
AND SETS IN MOTION A CHAINsets in motion a chain Crush It! events which put Abby and Ewan her father s assistant in mortal danger Overall hangs the brooding presence of the Brethren a strict new religious sectAside from the mystery which is paramount to the story Injoyed Abigail s interest in science her theory about the cause of the dismal weather which upsets both staid scientists and dour religious types her humor her adventuresome nature and her Attracting Birds to Your Backyard eual delight in ordinary feminine pursuits Her growing relationship with Ewan provides a bit of romance to relieve the grim aspects of the taleHughes presents a canvas with likeable realistic characters a glimpse intoarly 19th century Dublin a gripping plot that kept me turning pages and a satisfying conclusion Excellent historical mystery set in 1816 Dublin You read that correctly we re not in England any HoorayOur heroine Abigail Lawless is bright curious and determined to get to the bottom of several cases her father has been involved with Her investigations put her in harm s way as well as worry her father When her father s assistant Ewan Weir asks her why she feels she m Awesome historical fiction I loved Abigail her courage humor and Deep Listening empathy make her unforgettable Hope Andrew Hughes brings her back for a seuel I am afraid I cannot join in the chorus of praise with which this book seems to have been metThere is some fine writing but there are also lots of very clunky passages There is some fine historical detail but there are lots of areas which seem to me very unauthenticI feel the author could not make up his mind whether he was writing straight historical fiction or simply having fun and playing with the genreThere were too many strands to none of which was full justice given Would this have been better as two shorter books or is the author laying the groundwork for a seriesThe heroine was a Lizzie Bennet with a scientific bent and a very annoying habit of getting into potentially very dangerous situations without thinking things through Just as well there are always people around to rescue herThere is a flavour of the Science v Religion debate and thearly forensic science is also interesting Some may find the depiction of The Brethren a trifle hard on Protestant sects they are a version of the later followers of John Nelson Darby but I have met people who share their somewhat chillingly litist view of ChristianityThere was lots of potential here but ultimately I found the heroine and the book irritating. Er by chance discovers a message from the maid’s seducer she sets out to discover the truthAn only child Abigail has been raised amid the books and instruments of her father’s grim profession and he in turn indulges her curious and critical mind Now she must push against the restrictions society places on a girl her age to pursue an increasingly dangerous investigation Abigail.