Book Review: Death Among The Nightingales by David Field

Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Sapere Books
Pub date: 17 February 2021
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟

Has the Ripper returned to haunt London…?

London, 1895

Matthew and Adelaide West are now happily married with a one-year-old daughter.

But Adelaide has always sought after a profession outside of the home. And when infamous nurse, Florence Nightingale, offers her a job, she cannot refuse.

A Fenian bomb has blasted through the Officers’ Mess inside the Waterloo Barracks at the Tower of London, and Adelaide and the ‘Nightingale Nurses’ are sent to care for them in the Tower Ward.

But before long, some of the nurses are brutally attacked. And rumours start to spread that Jack the Ripper has returned.

With Adelaide at risk, Matthew and Carlyle begin their own investigations within the Tower walls.

Can they find the killer before more nurses fall victim to his crimes?

Or will there be more deaths among the Nightingales…?

The fourth in the Carlyle and West series begins with a horrific bomb at the Tower of London, those injured find themselves under the care of Florence Nightingale’s nurses.

Adelaide, who from the previous books we know to be a strong minded, independent person is offered a job by Nightingale supervising her nurses in the very hospital where her father Dr Carlyle also works.

When the Nightingales begin turning up murdered there is panic that Jack the Ripper has returned to London.

Inspector Jennings begins to think the killings are linked to the bombing but how?

Jennings and Adelaide really come to the forefront in this instalment and it was fabulous to see them work together with the help of Dr Carlyle and Matthew West. The race is on for them to find the killer before any more Nightingales become victims.

Field created a fantastic plot and I enjoyed learning how the Nightingales came about. The descriptives of the streets in Victorian London are so vivid you can imagine yourself walking through them and peering into shop windows.

As the book reaches its climax there is a totally unexpected twist, I found myself holding my breath in anticipation.
I don’t reveal spoilers but can certainly say I really enjoy this series and if you like a good historical mystery give it a try. You don’t have to read them all, they are also great at stand alone books.

Thank you to NetGalley and Sapere Books for the opportunity to read this in exchange for an honest review.

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