Blood for Blood

In the spring of 1812, the Luddites are on the march, Lord Byron is taking London drawing rooms by storm, and Penelope Wolfe, estranged wife of feckless artist Jeremy, is making her living as a lady's companion. When one of the household's footmen turns up dead in the garden with a knife to the heart, Penelope and Bow Street Runner John Chase become entangled in a web of family secrets and political conspiracy that stretches far beyond luxurious St. James's Square. With the help of barrister Edward Buckler, Chase follows the trail of a mysterious mad woman caught peeping in the window at the corpse. Penelope, meanwhile, struggles to fit into the fashionable world, encountering people who hide resentment and deceit under smooth smiles. Set against a backdrop of millennial fervor with thousands awaiting the end of the world, Blood for Blood explores the simple truth that every drop of blood spilled will, in time, be avenged.

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By msleighm (Matawan, NJ) · ★★★★☆ · October 28, 2014
#2 in the John Chase / Penelope Wolfe Recency murder mystery series. This one was much more readable for me than the first. I completed this one in a day. ...more
By Carl (Saint Paul, MN) · ★★★★☆ · October 29, 2013
I am not, generally, a big fan of historical mystery fiction. On the other hand, a well-written novel that really captures the time and the sense of the place can be vastly interesting. When an author does that, we readers can learn a bit more about the real life of the time and place than is typ... ...more
By Andrea · ★★★★☆ · March 20, 2013
In the spring of 1812, the Luddites are on the march, Lord Byron is taking London drawing rooms by storm, and Penelope Wolf has become a lady's companion. When one of the footmen turns up dead with a knife to the heart, Penelope and Bow Street Runner John Chase with the help of barrister Edward B... ...more
By LJ · ★★★☆☆ · September 08, 2007
BLOOD FOR BLOOD – G
S. K. Rizzolo – 2nd in series
Penelope Wolfe, now a lady’s companion, struggles to fit into the fashionable world, encountering people who hide resentment and deceit under smooth smiles. When one of the footmen turns up dead with a knife to the heart, Penelope and Bow Street Run... ...more
By Nancy (Bear, DE) · ★★★☆☆ · February 07, 2012
I really liked this series & hope it continues. The three main characters are likable, intriguing, & intelligent. Their behavior is definitely within the bounds of the era's social standards. Oftentimes, in period mysteries, this is not the case; the heroines tend to flaunt convention in... ...more
By Sally (Brisbane, 04, Australia) · ★★★★☆ · April 27, 2014
great read love to see real people pop up in books ...more
By Mary (New Berlin, WI) · ★★★★☆ · August 03, 2010
Excellent work. ...more