Mysteries in the Shadows | Soot | A Review

Hi guys, and how’s your Sunday? Are you ready for Monday?

Today I’m reviewing Soot by Andrew Martin.

I read this book as a Netgalley proof and was lucky enough to win a copy of the hardback – which FYI is very pretty!


York, 1799.

In August, an artist is found murdered in his home – stabbed with a pair of scissors. Matthew Harvey’s death is much discussed in the city. The scissors are among the tools of his trade – for Harvey is a renowned cutter and painter of shades, or silhouettes, the latest fashion in portraiture. It soon becomes clear that the murderer must be one of the artist’s last sitters, and the people depicted in the final six shades made by him become the key suspects. But who are they? And where are they to be found?

Later, in November, a clever but impoverished young gentleman called Fletcher Rigge languishes in the debtor’s prison, until a letter arrives containing a bizarre proposition from the son of the murdered man. Rigge is to be released for one month, but in that time, he must find the killer. If he fails, he will be incarcerated again, possibly for life.

And so, with everything at stake, and equipped only with copies of the distinctive silhouettes, Fletcher Rigge begins his search across the snow-covered city, and enters a world of shadows…

Netgalley Review

Really enjoyed this book and the way it was set out. It was such an interesting way to read a book, with excerpts and diary entries from different characters. It does leave it on a bit of a cliff hanger so I do hope a second book will follow or even a short piece? A well-written and intriguing piece!

Upon reading the blurb, I really liked the sound of the book, it was a kind of mystery in the historical setting, something which I rather liked the sound of.

It’s very much a game of cat and mouse, the main character is set with a task and yet he does not know, that someone is watching up.

I really enjoyed the way that the book was set out, with sections from diaries and personal letters, it makes for an interesting read and the story, surprisingly, flows really well – great work Andrew!

The ending is a bit of a cliff-hanger, it doesn’t really tell you what happens to the main character but leaves readers to come up with their own ideas of what happens to him and what he does.

As always, let me know in the comments below if you’ve read the book and what you thought of it. And if you haven’t, will you be adding this book to your TBR?


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