Hello, my review of She Be Damned today, it’s written by M.J. Tjia and published by Legend Press. Enjoy,
London, 1863: prostitutes in the Waterloo area are turning up dead, their sexual organs mutilated and removed. When another girl goes missing, fears grow that the killer may have claimed their latest victim.
The police are at a loss and so it falls to courtesan and professional detective, Heloise Chancey,
With the assistance of her trusty Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen, Heloise inches closer to the truth. But when Amah is implicated in the brutal plot, Heloise must reconsider who she can trust, before the killer strikes again.
Firstly the cover is striking and with the embossed rich gold lettering and silhouette of Ms Chancey, it pops right off the page. A truly beautiful cover and even if I had not been on the blog tour it’s one I would have picked up myself. I found the cover extremely appealing.
As always I don’t like to read the book jacket, I like to jump into my book adventures with excitement and anticipation. She Be Damned ticked each box of a list of everything a reader could possibly want from a book. Heloise Chancey is fantastic, memorable and a strong female protagonist with a gritty past that does not define her but only makes her stronger in who she is now.
I was floored to read that this is a debut novel, I even googled to find out which book in the series it was. To my astonishment, it’s only book 1. M. J. Tjia has left me wanting so much more and I hope it’s the first of many. There could even be a prequel of Heloise’s early years.
It’s clever and engaging with a different and refreshing plot. If you love crime fiction that has bite then this is for you. Believe me, it grabs you from page one and doesn’t leave. I still think of Heloise now.
M. J. Tjia has certainly made a noise in the literary world with She Be Damned. I thoroughly recommend this uniquely wonderful adventure.
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