Letters From a Murderer (Finley Jameson & Joseph Argenti #1) by John Matthews

Letters From a Murderer (Finley Jameson & Joseph Argenti #1)

New York, 1891: a rapidly changing city, torn between lamplight and electric light, where the burgeoning steel and railway industries attract a flood of humanity from every corner of the globe, fuelling cut-throat gangs, corruption and vice.A prostitute is found brutally murdered. Immediately fear starts to spread. The victim bears the same hallmarks as Jack the Ripper's recent killing spree in England. Could it be that the Ripper has crossed the...

Details Letters From a Murderer (Finley Jameson & Joseph Argenti #1)

TitleLetters From a Murderer (Finley Jameson & Joseph Argenti #1)
Release DateSep 24th, 2013
PublisherExhibit A
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Crime, Historical Mystery, Thriller

Reviews Letters From a Murderer (Finley Jameson & Joseph Argenti #1)

  • Dan Schwent
    When a prostitute is murdered in New York and all signs point to Jack the Ripper, pathologist Thomas Colby sends his protege Finley Jameson across the pond to assist the police. Jameson teams with NYC cop Joseph Argenti to catch the Ripper but Jameson has some skeletons of his own and the police force is half in the pocket of gangster Michael Tierney. Can Jameson and Argenti catch the Ripper and end his reign of terror forever?I got this from Net...
  • Gram
    Jack The Ripper is alive and well and murdering women in New York! That's the premise of this tortuous thriller which is the 1st in a series of books about New York detective Joseph Argenti and the thoroughly British criminal pathologist, Finley Jameson. The latter smokes opium and has a cane with a sword stick inside, so we know he's a maverick!Jameson also has a servant/companion called Lawrence, who he rescued from Bedlam - a horrible psychiat...
  • Mogsy (MMOGC)
    3.5 stars at The BiblioSanctum http://bibliosanctum.blogspot.com/201...Angry Robot may be one of my favorite speculative fiction publishers, but when it comes to their Mystery/Crime imprint Exhibit A, I have to say I'm pretty much clueless. Naturally, I was curious about their books, and Letters From a Murderer immediately caught my eye. After all, historical fiction is one of my favorite genres after science fiction and fantasy, and Jack the Rip...
  • Jennifer Lavoie
    To get this book, you need to add the following things in a blender: Sherlock Holmes, New York City, Jack the Ripper, and Gangs of New York. Add a dash of unique and excellent characterization and you have one explosive novel that will not let you put it down until you're finished, no matter how tired you may be. Argenti and Jameson are excellent characters that must follow Jack the Ripper as he terrorizes New York City. Jameson, a former investi...
  • Kara-karina
    3.5/5 stars What if famous Jack The Ripper got tired of London and moved to a fresher start in New York? With that concept I was hooked. This is a pretty good historical fiction, systematic, meticulous and... slightly boring. I found it interesting but more from the scientific point of view. Both Jameson and Argenti are good partners. Jamison is a criminologist from London, aristocratic, sophisticated and slightly mentally disturbed. Argenti is a...
  • Mieneke
    Jack the Ripper's identity is a mystery for the ages. As the first modern serial killer and certainly the first whose acts have been so well documented, he has been the inspiration for countless stories, many of them creating their own solution for the riddle of who he was. Letters From a Murderer is the latest novel in this vein and it has to be said, the story John Matthews paints is riveting. It's clear that Matthews knows his Ripper history a...
  • Josh
    The perfect blend of fact and fiction seeps a bloody trail across John Matthews' LETTERS FROM A MURDERER, a book that revisits Jack the Ripper and his terrorising murder spree in the 1890's. In this take on the infamous Ripper murders, the genius-like Jameson and hard nosed cop Argenti investigate the untimely end of a number of women of the night; those with loose morals and wanton ways who peddle their most valuable commodity for survival in pr...
  • Leah
    4.5* awesome! A thrilling tale of murder, corruption and trust, Letters From a Murderer is an exciting and captivating read and entirely unputdownable. As soon as Caroline from Angry Robot sent out the email displaying the cover and blurb of this book I just knew that I had to have it. It sounded so incredibly dark, mysterious and chilling that I could not pass it by. Needless to say, this book exceeded my expectations and I really hope that we g...
  • Tien
    I love mysteries and seeing that it was on Netgalley under Angry Robot, I got really really and I mean, really excited! At first, I was sort of hoping that it will have some steampunk component to it or something unexpected or a funky element (we’re talking about an Angry Robot publication here, c’mon!) but it was pretty nearly strictly mystery historical fiction albeit with some fact-stretching involved. I have, however, enjoyed the reading ...
  • Chanzie
    My Review:I had high hopes for this book and it did not disappoint. I expected it to have a Sherlock Holmes, detective mystery feel to it, and it completely consumed my attention, once I took the time to adjust and take to the book (As I was in Paranromal Romance mode). Characters: 4/5In the beginning it feels as if there are a lot of characters to place in the story, and to figure out how they all fit together. The characters are well developed ...
  • Hayley
    Review copied from my blog http://ineedthatbook.blogspot.comI know this is jumping right into things but I need to say it, I really hope the author carries on with this series. The plot is based on the notorious murderer 'Jack the ripper', a mystery that has gripped people since the time of the murders in Victorian London, so it's something a lot of readers will go into already being comfortable with the setting. The idea of the ripper going to t...
  • Thebooktrail
    Enjoy Sherlock Holmes? Read The Yard by Alex Grecian? Love a good old Victorian Murder mystery? Then this is the book for you.Finley Jameson and Joseph Argenti are the Sherlock and Watson of Letters from a Murderer and in certain situations reminded me of one of my favourite television series WhiteChapel – especially since its subject is the aftermath of the Ripper killings and the possibility that the Ripper himself has ended up in New York to...
  • Peggy Jaeger
    Letters from a Murderer is one of the best books I’ve read so far this year. Set in New York City in 1891, the police are hunting for a Jack-The-Ripper-esque serial killer.Or is he the real Jack, somehow traveled from England to the NY Shore?It’s up to Det. Joseph Argenti and doctor Finley Jameson to figure out if the killings of prostitutes in NYC is being done by the same man or a copycat.The twist? The killer is writing letters to Jameson,...
  • Vanessa Delamare
    What I think of itWhat's about that book? The two main characters Jameson and Argenti, united for better or for worse. Worse, because Argenti, American copper, has some difficulty understanding Jameson, the English aristocrat, to the point where he began to suspect him. All opposed the street cop to the English pathologist. However, the duo works very well, helped by Lawrence, another great character who brings the better out of the two detective...
  • Sharon
    3.5I liked this atmospheric period piece set in New York in the 1890's. It is a stylish thriller that immersed me into a dull dingy gaslight world in its infancy of emerging into a brighter world of modern electricity. A world full of the 'hustle and bustle' of noisy smelly streets, dark sinister alleys with a crime detection force on the cusp of modern day forensics. Think Sherlock Holmes with a touch of The Gangs of New York and a dash of Deadw...
  • Alana
    In a word ... brilliant.Over the years there have been a number of books, tv shows and films based on the Ripper murders. This is the best by far.I was gripped from page one right through to the end. The story, the characters, the setting, it was all perfectly executed. In fact, I am writing this now having finished reading it about ten minutes ago and my heart is still racing.I agree with the Arthur Conan Doyle meets Gangs of New York comparison...
  • Beth Strand
    “Letters from a Murderer” Will Be a Hit with Ripper ReadersIn February of 1891, the last of the “Ripper” murders occurred in London. With the same suddenness that they had begun, the murders stopped…or did they? A string of similar murders began in New York in November of 1891 and this string of murders even included one in New Orleans. Finley Jameson, former assistant to Sir Thomas Colby (the famous doctor who examined the bodies of th...
  • Katie Sholty
    I listened to the audiobook, which I highly recommend. It was a preformed exquisitely. *review from my Audible account* What made the experience of listening to Letters from a Murderer the most enjoyable?Piers Wehner's narration was perfection. Each character's voice was distinct. The novel played out like a radio program from the 1940's. It was a pleasure to listen too.What was one of the most memorable moments of Letters from a Murderer?Matthew...
  • Susan
    Letters From a Murderer is an exciting read full of many twists and turns putting an interesting spin on the Jack the Ripper murders. Matthews does a great job with his world building drawing the reader into New York in 1891. His attention to detail is superb and the reader gets a really good feel for the period. The two main characters, Argenti and Jameson, are both developed really well and prove to be the perfect partners to solve this case an...
  • John Hennessy
    I watch a lot of crime programmes. On Saturdays here in the UK, there are a batch of them on television, FBI Files, Solved, Murder Shift, Couples Who Kill, Born to Kill and so on.I don't have a healthy interest in killers in themselves, but I am interested in why they do what they do, and the detectives who resolve to capture them.This book, like Chene's review said, required me to shift focus as I haven't read a book like this in a while. It was...
  • Michaela
    Letters From a Murderer is incredible. I am in love with Jameson, I'll admit that right now. The toff. Swoon. On to less shallow stuff. The story cracks along at a rapid pace, never letting up for one minute. It sucked me right in. At times I was genuinely worried for our heroes despite the fact that this is the first in a series and that usually means the main characters are safe for a while. It's scary in the best way possible, that is, I was t...
  • Krissys
    Letters From a Murderer is an astounding take on an 1800's Jack the Ripper suspense mystery. This book has got the full anticipation, the Sherlock duo and the high flying action building by a fantastic author creating a new face and a fresh take on the Ripper murders. John Matthrews does a great job writing a well developed story with well liked characters. A definite talent for all to enjoy.
  • PopcornReads
    Book Review & Giveaway: We’re participating in the Spooktacular Giveaway Hop and we’ve chosen a very special novel for this hop’s giveaway. I love historical mysteries, particularly those from the Victorian era and, like so many others, I’m morbidly fascinated by whatever happened to Jack the Ripper. Letters from a Murderer is Book #1 in the new Jameson & Argenti Case series by bestselling author John Matthews, and it addresses both of th...
  • Lynda Birch
    I enjoyed this book and strangely enough liked it more once I had time to think it over a bit. After I did some research on Jack the Ripper I came to appreciate how well Matthews blended fact, fiction and theory to create a believable and entertaining read. See my complete review on my blog http://birch-bark.blogspot.ca/
  • Burgoo
    A gripping gritty mystery set in gaslight NYC.Full review is here:http://fedpeaches.blogspot.com/2013/1...
  • Alison McMahan
    I really enjoyed this book. I went back and studied it after reading it for pleasure, to see how the clues and red herrings had been set up. Would like to see more from this author.
  • Jen
    What if...Jack the Ripper moved from London to New York? Letters from a Murder, an alternate history of Jack the Ripper--the unknown murder who has captivated authors and readers for generations, begins a new series featuring a London pathologist and a New York detective who are tasked with solving the murders of women in 1892 New York. Pathologist Finley Jameson, part of a team investigating the Ripper murders in London, has moved to New York af...
  • Susan
    November 1891 New York and after a prostitute is found murdered there are concerns that Jack the Ripper has travelled from England. Or is it a copycat murder. One of the original surgeons/criminal analysts, Finley Jameson, is in New York and he teams up with Detective Joseph Argenti to investigate the case. But this is not the last body discovered. A story and mystery that I enjoyed reading, with its cast of complicated characters. Hopefully this...
  • Denise
    Picked this up as a freebie ages ago. Turns out what I ended up with is a so-called special edition, and what makes it special is the fact that it's more of a teaser encompassing only the first twelve chapters. Since despite the interesting premise, the story didn't manage to hook me and I didn't particularly care for any of the characters or the writing style, I doubt I'll go searching out the full version.