Katriona Sparrow was late for her appointment with a corpse.
There's a chilly, rainy or possibly snowy weekend up ahead, and there's nothing I like better than hiding from Santacon with a good, creepy book. Graveyard Sparrow, a romantic Victorian murder mystery with plenty of creep, does the trick for me.
Katriona Sparrow, a delicate psychometrist, meets Anthea Garlant, scholar, witch, and adventurous spirit, after falling ill on the case--and it's a gruesome one, with women working in the sex trade meeting grotesque ends at the hands of an unknown serial killer. Anthea teaches Katriona the much-needed skills to guard her heart and soul (in several very touching scenes, including one with a loving oversized lapdog), but when the madman is closer at hand than either had imagined, can they save themselves and future women?
A slim but exciting read, Graveyard Sparrow offers much in the way of a slow-developing romance, endearing characters, and affection and support between women, contrasting sharply with the grotesque crimes and their horrible settings. It's not a read for the faint hearted, but it does reward the readers with a satisfying ending, for all "Bluebeard's frozen wives" as the dedication goes.