A Lady in Shadows (A Madeleine Karno Mystery #2) by Lene Kaaberbøl

A Lady in Shadows (A Madeleine Karno Mystery #2)

“Madeleine’s inquisitive mind and candid voice are enough to keep us reading.” —The New York Times Book ReviewNew York Times bestselling author Lene Kaaberbøl returns with her beloved protagonist Madeleine Karno—an ambitious young woman who shatters the confines of nineteenth century France.On June 2nd, 1894, in the wake of President Marie Francois Sadi Carnot’s assassination, France descends into chaos and riots in the streets of Va...

Details A Lady in Shadows (A Madeleine Karno Mystery #2)

TitleA Lady in Shadows (A Madeleine Karno Mystery #2)
Release DateDec 5th, 2017
PublisherAtria Books
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction

Reviews A Lady in Shadows (A Madeleine Karno Mystery #2)

  • Lori Lamothe
    On the eve of the French president’s assassination in 1894, Madeleine Karno is summoned to examine a prostitute’s mutilated corpse. The daughter of an esteemed forensic pathologist, Madeleine discovers that the woman’s entire uterus has been removed and notes striking similarities to a murder that occurred weeks earlier. Does France have its own Jack the Ripper or is a mad scientist using "filles isolees" for his own dark experiments? While...
  • Tasha
    More of a whyitwasdone than a whodunnit, but I loved the historical detail. I really felt like I was transported to 1894 France!
  • Beckey
    **I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review**I was pleasantly surprised by this book! Whodunnit type novels aren't my usual choice, but A Lady in Shadows was a wonderful story. It all begins with the muder of a prostitute during the mayhem following the assassination of French president Marie François Sadi Carnot, causing fears of a French Jack the Ripper; and leads into something even darker and more twisted.Alth...
  • Kim McGee
    France in the 19th century has very little to interest the average woman besides keeping house, raising children and staying out of sight - all the things that Madeleine Karno is not. She is an assistant to her physician father and wants to be admitted to medical school on her own merit. There is just one or two small problems - someone is killing pregnant prostitutes a la Jack the Ripper style and there are no women in medical school. This would...
  • Nancy
    My thanks to Netgalley and the Publisher for an opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book.Dreadful. That is the only word that I can come up with to describe this long and drawn out book. Trying either to shock the reader with the subject matter or to lure them in with the detailed gynecological practices of a villainous doctor in 1880’s France, or if that is not enough, the unbeknownst relationships of Madeline Karno’s fiancé – wh...
  • Kathryn at Book Ink Reivews
    A copy of this review can also be found at Book Ink Reviews.A Madeline Karno Mystery, A Lady in Shadows continues to follow Doctor Death in her new murder mystery. But true to the country settings, the press changes her name is Mademoiselle Death.An intelligent, turn of the century woman? Sign. Me. Up.  A woman that chooses to honor the dead by doing both forensic work and autopsies? Yes, please. This is a gem and a fantastic follow up to Kaabe...
  • Marissa
    A Lady in Shadows in the second installment in the Madeleine Karno historical mystery series. I did not read the first book in the series and found that this was not an issue when reading this book. This story takes place in late 19th century France where the country is dealing with a multitude of issues to include the assassination of their president and a serial killer on the loose whose crimes closely resemble that of Jack the Ripper. The auth...
  • Wit & Wonder Books
    ** ARC provided by the author for an honest review **Jack the Ripper in France? Madeleine Karno is back and investigating a new case that has similar victims a the infamous serial killer in New York Times bestselling author Lene Kaaberbøl’s A Lady in Shadows.France is rife with riots and chaos is everywhere, many have lost their lives but when a body is found with surgically brutal incisions and no sign of struggle Madeleine is on the case to ...
  • Jennybeast
    Delighted with a new Madeleine Karno mystery -- still gory, still medicinally focused, still psychologically intense. I'm also really enjoying the portrait of the time period. I'm a little puzzled at the ramifications of the ending, given Madeleine's thoughtful aversion to motherhood, and am deeply interested to see where the series goes next, if the series continues. Also, urgh, vivisection.Advanced reader's copy provided by Edelweiss.
  • Dgordon
    Loved this book! Murder, artificial insemination, homosexuality, madness, bigotry, with a smart, intelligent female heroine. All this takes place in France in 1894 with a fascinating cast of supporting characters. I enjoyed this book so much that I immediately ordered the first Doctor Death mystery.
  • nikkia neil
    Thanks Edelweiss for this ARC.Pain revelations from all sides assale Madeleine. She has to navigate this landmine of murder, madness, and bigotry while not compromising her reputation. Staying true to the time period and pushing the boundaries makes this series a fine example of the genre. Standing ovation!
  • Susan
    In 1894 Varbourg, France Madeleine Karno assists her father as a forensic pathologist ands is called out one morning to inspect a mutilated female body.An interesting historical mystery, not that difficult to reason the guilty party, but really couldn't get engaged with the characters.A NetGalley Book
  • Pam
    This was not a favorite of mine. The story was good and engaging, however, it just seemed a little too long and tedious. My thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for this advanced readers copy.
  • Georgia
    This is a very smart, engaging read. It takes place at the end of the 19th century when many things were happening in science, crime (remember Jack the Ripper? ). Kaaberbol does a terrific job evoking the times, dress, how women were supposed to be yet she also shows how times do not change- assassination of a president, fake news, assumptions which prove not to be true. The location is France. The Sorbonne has just begun to accept women in their...