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

A Lady in Shadows (Madeleine Karno, #2)

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 Varbourg. Many lives are lost in the mayhem, but when one lady of the night is found murdered with brutal incisions and no sign of a struggle, it is clear something is amiss. Madeleine Karno must ask herself the terrifying question: Do they have their very own Jack the Ripper in France?Madeleine is no st...

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

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

Reviews A Lady in Shadows (Madeleine Karno, #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...
  • Kathy
    Interesting young woman's struggle in France of the 1880's to achieve her goal of getting into medical school. She has always assisted her father in autopsy work, knows the human body and has the will to succeed in whatever she attempts. I did not read the first book of the series but have just downloaded a sample as the kindle is only 99 cents. I noticed several reviewers referred to loose ends, and we all know mystery fans do not like loose end...
  • Ken Fredette
    Lene Kaaberbol has really made my day. First she wrote Doctor Death which made me her fan and then she wrote A Lady in Shadows. I was her fan then and I am more so now. It took 2 years to make it happen but now were on a roll. I don't want to give the story away so lets just say that Madeleine Karno is my type of woman. Independent, smart and willing to do things to make it happen.
  • 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...
  • Julie
    I love historical fiction mysteries and this book definitely falls into that genre. Set in Victorian London, this series features Madeleine Karno, whose father is a pathologist for the London police. Although Madeleine has hands on experience assisting her father with autopsies, she wants to become a doctor, a difficult feat during the Victorian era. So a lot of this story revolves around Madeleine's attempts to study physiology in a male dominat...
  • Jennifer
    I kept going on this one because I liked the main character and wanted to find out what would happen to her, since the mystery aspect was rather obvious. And then the ending brought me up short, which was frustrating. I'm not sure what else to say about this one without spoiling it. Not a bad book, just disappointing.
  • Billie
    The year is 1894 and Madeline is a woman that has an interest in a field that has usually been reserved for men, forensic pathology. She is the first female student to be admitted to the University of Varbourg. The story begins when a lady of the night has been found brutally murdered with no signs of a struggle. It seems possible that there is a Jack the Ripper in France. Madeline, in addition to her work also investigates to track down the murd...
  • Tasha
    More of a whyitwasdone than a whodunnit, but I loved the historical detail. I really felt like I was transported to 1894 France!
  • Gloria Feit
    From the publisher: On June 2nd, 1894, in the wake of President Mrie Francois Sadi Carnot’s assassination, France descends into chaos and riots in the streets of Varbourg. Many lives are lost in the mayhem, but when one lady of the night is found murdered with brutal incisions and no signs of a struggle, it is clear something is amiss. Madeleine Karno must ask herself the terrifying question: Do they have their very own Jack the ripper in Franc...
  • Vicki
    Madeleine is a bright young woman who wants to pursue a career in forensic pathology. If she succeeds, she will be the first woman in France to do so. She already assists her father in doing autopsies, and her curiosity is piqued when a young woman is found with unusual abdominal incisions. Does France have its own Jack the Ripper-style killer? From the opening scene, this latest Madeleine Karno mystery is a tension-filled and absorbing listen. T...
  • Bibliothekerin
    This is a terrific story, full of intrigue, memorable characters, terrific plot. Evil in the name of science, for the good of the Fatherland—France, in this case, not Germany. Disturbing but not implausible given the state of science at the time, and of geopolitics. It was the Wild West of science, like the real westward expansion in America, where people worldwide flocked to California to grab a chance at discovering gold. The race was on for ...
  • Ingrid Hansen
    24. juni 1894 Varbourg Frankrig. Madeline Karno ligger i sin seng og fornemmer at der er noget galt i byens gader og stræder. Hun har ret. Præsidenten er blevet myrdet af en Italiensk ekstremist og hele byen går totalt amok og straffer dem som har den nationalitet. På grund af dette må vores intelligente Madeline, som er sin fars assistent, ud til et liget af en ung prostitueret Rosalba Lombardi der er efterladt i en kulhandlers baggård. He...
  • 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...
  • Eadie
    This review was written for LibraryThing Early Reviewers.This is the 2nd book in the series. I have read the first book and enjoyed it very much. This book takes place at the time of an assassination of France's president and a Jack the Ripper type serial killer is on the loose in Varbourg, France. Madeleine has come to the conclusion that it takes a woman to find a killer of women. In her quest to find the killer, she will be dealing with subjec...
  • Jennifer
    It’s so nice to see my new friend Madeleine Karno again! She’s back with a new mystery and her handsome fiancé. It’s June 1894 and the French president has been assassinated triggering riots in the streets. When the body of a young woman is found in an alley the next morning, Madeleine is called and finds herself with a possible Jack the Ripper copycat roaming the streets. Then she receives word that she has been accepted as the first fema...
  • 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 ...
  • Cheryle Fisher
    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 Varbourg. Many lives are lost in the mayhem, but when one lady of the night is found murdered with brutal incisions and no sign of a struggle, it is clear something is amiss. Madeleine Karno must ask herself the terrifying question: Do they have their very own Jack the Ripper in France?Madeleine is no st...
  • Louise Mundt
    Exciting and well written. I enjoyed the mystery as well as Madeleines story. The only drawback is that it didn't take me long to piece together the puzzle, making the book a tiny bit less exciting than it could have been.
  • JoJo
    Madeline Karno, a.k.a. "Doctor Death", is female forensic pathologist in the late 1800s. She also finds herself to be an investigator as one particular case of a murdered prostitute whose abdomen was destroyed. Faced with constant scrutiny based on her being a female, Madeline is determined to find the young woman's murderer.This book is extremely detailed in the scientific aspects where the author has clearly done a lot of research not only in f...
  • Renée (bookishblissandbeauty)
    *the publisher provides an ARC via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*As a history nerd I really appreciated the historical details in this. This turn-of-the-20th-century time period is one of my favorites to read and study. Kaaberbøl includes key components of the time period like xenophobia, nationalism, militarism, and eugenics. She particularly articulates the views and processes of prostitution. France like many western countries wa...
  • 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...
  • Laura Reading
    I received an audiobook copy of this novel on CD and listened to it while driving AND often sitting in my car waiting. Sometimes it was sitting because I wanted to know what strange twist the story would take next. The narration is wonderful. For some listeners you may want to allow your ear time to get used to the beautiful accent. I know I missed some of the clues and details early on and will be going back to listen again. This is a book both ...
  • Mimi
    Madeleine is a strong female character with an inquisitive mind and a compelling determination to learn more about forensic medicine. While pursuing all leads in this gripping horror mystery, Madeleine faces many unexpected events (including some that affect her personally) before ultimately identifying the murderer. Much the same as Doctor Death, A Lady in Shadows kept my attention throughout as I followed the clues, attempting to ascertain the ...
  • Ronald Koltnow
    Lene Kaaberbol's sequel to DOCTOR DEATH is an addictive read. Madeline Karno, a tough woman in an unlikely job, battles sexism and the role of motherhood in 19th century France. Madeline, who has been assisting her father, the village medical examiner, is called upon to perform a postmortem on a butchered prostitute. She gains unwanted publicity from a tabloid reporter but also impresses Professor of Physiology Althauser. Accepted as his student,...
  • Chelsey
    I really enjoyed the first 250 pages of this story. There were some things that bugged me--Madeleine didn't seem very invested in the case she was trying to solve and way more concerned about the business with her fiance and her new class, which I would argue could be partially responsible for a second murder; and the "flashback" or cut-away scenes involving other characters were more jarring and confusing than intriguing, they didn't flow with t...
  • Kristin
    I enjoyed this book so much... until the last third of the book. Loved the LGBTQ representation, especially is this 1800's historical fiction and how the main character was problematic as hell about it but the book was super aware of it. There was no chemistry at all between MC and August though, let's be real. I thought there was tons of mystery and intrigue for the first 100 or so pages but then it took too many left turns for me. Don't get me ...
  • Annette
    I wasn't entirely sure what I was getting into with this novel other than a period mystery. While it was pretty clear early on who the "bad guy" was, the mystery is more in the why and how. Struggles of equality, respect, women's rights and "purpose" in life are still as relevant today as in the setting's era- and are especially poignant when read on the same weekend as the 2nd International Women's March. Also, reminds me how grateful I am for m...