“An officer’s been murdered. Murdered and cut up for sale to the anatomy schools. It was a professional quartering. I want to know who has the skill to do that.”
During a routine patrol, police arrest two men in possession of human body parts which are intended for sale to the dissecting rooms of a London teaching hospital. Bow Street Runner and amateur pugilist Dan Foster makes the grisly discovery that they are the remains of fellow-officer George Kean. The arrested men are charged with Kean’s murder, but Dan is not convinced that they are the killers. In pursuit of the real murderer, he investigates the unhallowed activities of the resurrection men – body snatchers.
The body-snatching racket soon leads Dan to something bigger and much more dangerous. In a treacherous underworld of vicious pugilists, ruthless murderers, British spy masters and French agents, Dan must tread carefully – or meet the same terrible fate as Kean.
The Butcher’s Block is the second Dan Foster Mystery. Bloodie Bones, the first in the series, was joint winner of the Historical Novel Society Indie Award 2016.
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The Butcher’s Block is Chill With a Book’s Book Cover of the Month December 2017
Thanks to those lovely designers at SilverWood Books, the cover of The Butcher’s Block has been awarded Chill With a Book’s Book Cover of the Month for December 2017. That means the cover goes forward for Cover of the Year 2017.
The Butcher’s Block shortlisted for Discovering Diamonds Book of the Month November 2017
“Ms Boyce makes her characters three dimensional, even those who will have appeared in previous volumes, the plot is tight and there are no loose ends left at the end. Although part of a series, the novel can easily be read as a stand-alone. It will appeal to those who love this period when ‘policing’ was done mostly on observation and contacts…I cannot recommend this highly enough, a superb read.”
The Butcher’s Block has won a Chill With a Book Readers’ Award!
This means that the novel has been read by a panel of readers and assessed on the following critiera: whether or not it has strong and engaging characters; if it is well written; has a page-turning plot; has a satisfying ending; and whether readers would recommend it to their friends. Find out more at the Chill With a Book Awards website.
“A quick wit and a quicker left hook”
“Lucienne Boyce has delivered another action-packed adventure with twists and turns aplenty…Dan is a tough-as-nails “Bow Street Runner” with a quick wit and a quicker left hook. The story is a historical fiction, set in the late 18th century, London, in which thieves and murderers and bodysnatchers litter darkened alleyways. Special mention must be made to the author’s attention to detail. Fans of historical works will feel right at home here, and the author has even mercifully included an appendix of terminology to help those who are not as well-versed in that particular era. Boyce also has a talent for describing the grotesque, and the violence in the book is beautifully gruesome without being over-the-top…If you’re looking for suspense and action through the lens of 18th century England, you can’t do better than The Butcher’s Block. 5 Stars.”