Thanks to Random House – Alibi and NetGalley for providing a review copy in exchange for an honest review.
I was so excited when I was offered this book because I love this series. Dr. Alexandra Gladstone and her assistant Nancy are just delightful. In this installment, members of the Freemasons are dying but there are no wounds on their bodies. Constable Snow, the local law enforcement, thinks the deaths are suicides but Dr. Gladstone thinks a murderer is on the loose. Unfortunately, because this is the late 1800’s and Alexandra is female she is legally prohibited from performing autopsies, though she is as qualified as any other doctor. After the first man is found dead, Constable Snow suddenly disappears. Then a second man dies and a third. Dr. Gladstone takes a chance and examines one of the bodies without permission but this just stirs up a mob of villagers who want to kill her. As if that’s not enough, Dr. Gladstone and Nancy are each attacked on the road and Alexandra breaks a leg after falling into a ravine. Will Alexandra survive the night? Will they be able to track down the murderer? Will Constable Snow ever reappear?
This is definitely a compelling read with lots of mystery and thrills thrown in. Paula Paul had created a wonderful group of characters. I especially enjoyed the increased role that Artie and Rob, Dr. Gladstone’s orphaned stable hands, had in this story. They are precocious but fiercely loyal to the women. The storyline is attention getting and well crafted. The author is obviously well acquainted with the time period about which she is writing. I can’t wait for more from this series.
Alinefromabook’s recommendation: TWO THUMBS-UP for another great read. Mystery lovers should really enjoy this one.
This book is scheduled for release on April 12, 2016. To pre-order click here: For Dead Men Only: An Alexandra Gladstone Mystery