The Hangman's Secret (Victorian Mystery, #3) by Laura Joh Rowland

The Hangman's Secret (Victorian Mystery, #3)

Intrepid photographer Sarah Bain and her motley crew of friends are back to hunt criminals in the dark, seedy underbelly of Victorian London, but little do they know, the darkness may lurk closer than they first divined.Photographer Sarah Bain and her friends Lord Hugh Staunton and sometime street urchin Mick O’Reilly are private detectives with a new gig—photographing crime scenes for London’s Daily World newspaper. The Daily World is the ...

Details The Hangman's Secret (Victorian Mystery, #3)

TitleThe Hangman's Secret (Victorian Mystery, #3)
Release DateJan 8th, 2019
PublisherCrooked Lane Books
GenreMystery, Historical, Historical Fiction, Historical Mystery, Fiction, Crime, Victorian, Murder Mystery

Reviews The Hangman's Secret (Victorian Mystery, #3)

  • Matt
    First and foremost, a large thank you to NetGalley, Laura Joh Rowland, and Crooked Lane Books for providing me with a copy of this publication, which allows me to provide you with an unbiased review. Laura Joh Rowland takes readers back to Victorian England to continue this mystery series that proves addictive from the opening pages. Sarah Bain and Lord Hugh Staunton have worked well together in the past and, after some results in a recent kidnap...
  • Linda
    As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words.Sarah Bain wakes to a pounding on her door just before daybreak. The rude awakenings are part of her lifestyle. Sarah lives above her photography studio and has a sideline for photographing crime/murder scenes in the Whitechapel High Street neighborhood. She and her two partners, Mick and Hugh, have been employed by Sir Gerald Mariner who runs The Daily World newspaper. What awaits her a few street...
  • Lili (@lilikmarcus) Marcus
    An ARC was provided to me by the author and publishers via Netgalley but my opinions are not at all affected by this. :) Set in 1890 London this novel features Photographer Sarah Bain, a photographer for "Daily World" newspaper though she usually ends up like a detective solving crimes even before the police do. She do this with her friends Lord Hugh Staunton and Mick O’Reilly. The books opens with Sarah called to a gory crime scene. A hangman ...
  • Erin
    Thanks to Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review. Book will be published on 8 January 2019 Sarah Bain and her two friends Hugh and Mick are called by their journalist boss to a gruesome murder. A hangman that has been beheaded! Although the three are despearate to solve another mystery, their actions are seen as meddling by the local police. Add to the mix both Sarah and Hugh's personal relationship problem...
  • Nadia
    Set in 1890 in London, we follow a trio of journalists investigating a murder of a hangman who himself has been hung. The narrator of the story is one of the journalists, a photographer, Sarah Bain who lives well ahead of her time (in her early 30s, still single and focusing on her career). I immediately took a liking to her. Actually, not only her but her 2 partners as well - Hugh and Mick - who are both very likeable characters and compliment e...
  • Carole
    The Hangman's Secret by Laura Joh Rowland is #3 in her Victorian mystery series but reads very well as a standalone. This novel follows photographer Sarah Bain and her two cohorts Sir Hugh and Mick who are tasked with photographing crime scenes for the London Daily Mail. The story starts with the hanging death of hangman Harry Warbrink. The trio are on the hunt for the perpetrator of this faked suicide. They are in a race with the police departme...
  • Dee Arr
    At first, I didn’t like the writing because of its form, as it didn’t capture the style and mood of the Victorian Era. In other words, it read like a modern-day novel. As this was my own personal opinion on how a Victorian novel should be written, I initially disregarded my feelings and continued on. It wasn’t long before I realized what was really bothering me about the author’s prose and dialogue.The writing in the earlier chapters soun...
  • Rissa
    The hangmans secret 3.5“Somebody was here after Warbricks head come off”We know that there is no mystery in why these people were hung but what happened after the hanging, what happened to the innocent is a different story. We follow a journalist who is (as most are) looking for the next best, gruesome story to bring them to the top. She finds clues, inconsistencies, struggles after the beheading site which indicate that something else happen...
  • Vicky
    When it comes to reading, I love the Victorian period. There’s something about the grimy glamour of London, of steam mills, of murder in back alleyways… (ahem) that always really grips me. I’m not sure what that says about me, but it does mean that The Hangman’s Secret was the perfect fit when it came to a bit of light winter reading.Confession time: this is the third book in a series, which I didn’t know when I picked it up. Happily fo...
  • eyes.2c
    Victorian Mystery at its best!Superb continuation of the trials and challenges of denizens of the former detective agency who now work for Sir Gerald Mariner, photographing crime scenes for his London newspaper the Daily World.Called to a pub to photograph a decapitated body that turns out to be a leading hangman, Harry Warbrick, events open up that will lead the trio through a maze of cover ups, hampered by the Official Secrets Act, along with a...
  • Tiffany PSquared
    "When we're confronted with a mystery, we feel compelled to solve it, even if it's none of our business."Somehow London's hangman has himself been hanged. Sarah Bain and her friends take it upon themselves to try and solve the mystery of his death - suicide/murder? They've solved two other cases before this, so it shouldn't be that hard, right?The Hangman's Secret is full of action and suspense. Its characters are loyal to each other, but I found...
  • Maranda
    Rowland's Victorian Mystery #3 is the Hangman's Secret. I got along okay reading this as a stand alone but am tempted to pick up the prior two because these characters are amazing. Set in London and Jack the Ripper time - women were considered like children - "To be seen and not heard". Sarah Bain is a newspaper photographer for the "Daily World" Gathered around her are a group of men with a zest for solving murders. It is enlightening to read th...
  • ABCme
    Thank you Netgalley and Crooked Lane Books for the ARC.Set in London in the late 1890's, both the police and the press are struggling to find motive for the hangman's murder as well as finding his killer. Sarah Bain is a photographer for the Daily World newspaper, running her own detective agency on the side. She's a strong female lead, taking the reader through the story at a fast pace. Lines are crossed, the bounderies between press and police ...
  • Joyce
    Enjoyed the first in the series but clearly wasn't in the mood for this one.
  • Julia
    This is the third installment in the Victorian Mystery series. The trio of house-mates, Sarah, Hugh and Mick, need to solve the murder of the hangman who was hanged in his own pub. The story leads them around London and England, and into Newgate Prison. They make enemies and friends and eventually solve the murder, of course. I liked that the main characters are a motley crew, a female photographer, a homosexual lord, and a schoolboy in love with...
  • Sarah Perchikoff
    I seem to have an affinity for books with hangman in the title as this is the second one I've read this year. Also, full disclosure: I didn't realize this was the third in a series until I started reading and there were events I didn't know about. But, overall, this book does stand on its own if you also haven't read the first two books in the series. And The Hangman's Secret and The Victorian Mystery series is definitely worth checking out. Let'...
  • Jannelies
    First of all I would like to say that the cover of this book is really great. The characters of Hugh and Mick could have done with a little more information. Hugh is mostly just 'the homosexual' and Mick 'the urchin'. Since this is the third book in a series, I suppose the author plans to work on these characters in books that follow this one. I had no trouble getting into to story although I didn't read the first two books. In fact, sometimes I ...
  • Nicola Weideling
    I love Victorian Literature, books about Victorian history and society, books based in Victorian times, basically anything remotely 'Victoriana'! So I was looking forward to reading The Hangman's Secret, part of a series of books by Laura Joh Rowland about Sarah Bain, an intrepid photographer and her band of friends. However, I have to admit that I didn't like this novel. I was put off on page one by the first of many anachronisms that grated on ...
  •  Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Jenn Ƹ̴Ӂ̴Ʒ Schu
    A fantastic read filled with suspense and action. The relationship between the characters, Sarah, Lord Hugh, and Mick, was well done. This reader had a sense of what they meant to one another. I am particularly critical when it comes to pacing, this book did a wonderful job at maintaining the steam throughout the novel, masterfully moving it forward. I enjoyed the setting and the mystery does keep one guessing up until the end. A Net Galley book.
  • Daniele
    3.5 starsI am fascinated by the Victorian Era, and this series has been on my wish list since it began so I jumped at the chance to read this third installment, THE HANGMAN’S SECRET. With its plucky protagonist, heaps of atmosphere, and an intriguing mystery, the book did not disappoint.Sarah, a professional photographer, and her friends Lord Hugh Stanton and Mick O’Reilly have formed an investigative team of sorts, having had success with pr...
  • Brenda H
    The Hangman’s Secret is the 3rd book in Laura Joh Rowland’s Victorian Mystery series. Sarah Bain and her friends, Lord Hugh Staunton and Mick O’Reilly are private detectives, currently working for Sir Gerald Mariner, the owner of The Daily World newspaper, photographing crime scenes.While at one of their goriest crime scenes yet, the trio realizes that this is, in fact, the site of a murder and not the “suicide” that it appears. The vic...
  • Solaire_writing
    Sadly this book was a bit too slow burning for me.And there was another problem: I haven't realized that this book is the third book in a series until I was far far in and often too confused why I lacked informations.So me not liking this book too much is for sure not the books fault, but mine. I'll see to read the first two books again and then we'll see if I understand the third book better.In general the ideas of a female reporter, detective a...
  • Shoshana
    There was a time when Laura Joh Rowland was known for her books set in seventeenth-century Japan with Sano Ichiro as the hero. The Ichiro books were great, and I looked forward to each new one which she published. Lately, however she has turned her attention to late Victorian England, and we readers are lucky for it. Rowland is a master, and she has written a corker of a book.Photographer Sarah Bain and her friends Lord Hugh Staunton and Mick Rei...
  • Lyndi
    I didn't realize when I started this book that it was third in a series. Some of the character histories and previous events in the books were mentioned at first, but the book can still be read as a stand-alone Victorian mystery. When the hangman is found murdered, a contest begins between the London police force and Daily World reporters to see who can solve the crime first. Crime photographer Sarah Bain and her two friends, Hugh and Mick put th...
  • Donna Hines
    A Victorian murder is at the helm and the truth is shocking to reveal.Three private detectives have set out on a new excursion- to capture the crimes for London's Daily World Newspaper.Sounds easy enough?!Well, that's until the same fate that the 'hangman' inflicted is thrown back upon him in a grisly murder.The detectives -Sarah, Mick, and Hugh uncover there's a connection to Harry's death by hanging and his most notorious executed criminal know...
  • Melina
    Rowland’s The Hangman’s Secret is a face paced Victorian murder mystery that kept me entertained from the beginning. I couldn’t put this unpredictable novel down until the murderer was found. You can’t get your hands on The Hangman’s Secret until January 18th, but that gives you plenty of time to read the first two novel in Rowland’s Victorian Mystery series! If you don’t read the first two novels, don’t fret. Rowland briefly give...
  • Rebecca Hill
    When a former hangman is found dead in his bar, everyone believes that it was a suicide gone wrong. But Sarah is not so sure about it. She feels as though he was murdered, and she is determined to prove it.. at any cost possible.The entire murder seems to go around one hanging, one hanging that holds the key to the entire case. But as Sarah, Mick, and Hugh investigate, they find themselves on the wrong side of the law, and with Sarah's boyfriend ...
  • Piepie
    I think I liked this mystery a bit better than the previous one. In book #3 we learn that not only Sarah's father had secrets, but so did her mother. This novel covers the process of hanging, and it's a suspenseful and graphic read.
  • Mia
    Absolutely adore this series! Sarah Bain and her companions solve mysteries in London, 1870. Highly recommend!
  • Kathy
    Set in London in 1890, The Hangman's Secret by Laura Joh Rowland is a spellbinding historical mystery. Although this latest release is the third installment in the Victorian Mystery series it can be read as a standalone.Photographer Sarah Bain lives and works with her friends, Lord Hugh Staunton and fourteen year old street urchin Mick O'Reilly. They now work for London's Daily World, which has been recently purchased bySir Gerald Mariner. Workin...