Books from the Backlog #206

Posted March 24, 2022 by Carole in Books from the Backlog / 18 Comments

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This week’s neglected book

Books from the Backlog #206Watchers of the Dead by Simon Beaufort
Series: Alec Lonsdale #2
Published by Severn House on July 1, 2019
Genres: FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
Pages: 256
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
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An escaped assassin. A group of cannibals on the run. A threatening letter. Newspaper reporter Alec Lonsdale is on the case in this compelling Victorian mystery.

"All Londoners will see what the Watchers are capable of on Christmas Eve ...

December 1882. Attending the opening of the new Natural History Museum, Pall Mall Gazette reporter Alec Lonsdale and his colleague Hulda Friederichs are shocked to discover a body in the basement, hacked to death. Suspicion immediately falls on a trio of cannibals, brought over from the Congo as museum exhibits, who have disappeared without trace.

Alec however has his doubts - especially when he discovers that three other influential London men have been similarly murdered. When he and Hulda discover a letter in the victim's home warning of a catastrophic event planned for Christmas Eve, the pair find themselves in a race against time to discover who exactly the Watchers are and what it is they want ...

Why did I add Watchers of the Dead to my bookshelf?

I downloaded this book from NetGalley 3 years ago. I enjoyed the first book in the series and looked forward to diving into this one. I have no idea why I haven’t read it yet but I think that it is time to get it off my shelf. I just picked up a copy of the audiobook and hope to tackle it next week.

What are your thoughts? Have you read this book?  Would you recommend it?

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18 responses to “Books from the Backlog #206

  1. Yay for getting to this one right away and getting it off your pile. Hopefully it will be as good as the first in the series.

  2. ooh this one sounds so interesting here, and I hope it turns out to be a win for you and good for you getting to these backlogged Netgalley reads.

  3. I think we have very similar behavior when it comes to NetGalley! I have a few of these kinds of books hanging out of my shelf. I hope you enjoy the audio book!

    • I was crazy with NetGalley for a few years and have left a couple hanging around unread every year. It is time to get caught up!