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Sunday, February 22, 2015

Review: A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak

When Maximillian Wilder hides his noble identity and joins the notorious body snatchers known as the London Supply Company, the last thing on his mind is love. He’s worried about Madeline, his vanished half sister, who was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the gang’s conscienceless leader. Raiding graveyards, stealing corpses, and selling them to medical colleges as dissection material is dirty work, but Max knows he must gain Jack’s trust. He’s determined to find out what happened to Madeline—and to bring Jack to justice if she was murdered for the coin her body could earn.
Beautiful, spirited Abigail Hale, daughter of the surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine, detests the challenging, hard-bargaining Max almost as much as Jack. But she must procure the necessary specimens if she is to save the college and her father’s career. She believes she is going to be successful—until Jack double-crosses her. Then she’s swept into a plot of danger and intrigue, one where Max must intervene to protect her, no matter the risk to his plan…or his heart.

What a fabulously non-romantic situation for a beautiful love story. Brenda Novak certainly knows how to spin a fabulous story. I was hooked from the first page and stayed up the entire night reading just to see how she could turn body snatching in to a lovely happily-ever-after instead of a creepy horror story; and she definitely achieved success. Abigail is the type of heroine I long to be and Max is the type of leading man women dream about. I loved the gritty details of daily life we don't usually glimpse in historical romances. If you are looking for something different this is a fantastic choice, the plot was unique the characters strong and the details engaging.

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