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London, 1878. One April morning, a small boat bearing a young woman’s corpse floats down the murky waters of the Thames. When the victim is identified as Rose Albert, daughter of a prominent judge, the Scotland Yard director gives the case to Michael Corravan, one of the only senior inspectors remaining after a corruption scandal the previous autumn left the division in ruins. Reluctantly, Corravan abandons his ongoing case, a search for the missing wife of a shipping magnate, handing it over to his young colleague, Mr. Stiles. 

An Irish former bare-knuckles boxer and dockworker from London’s seedy East End, Corravan has good street sense and an inspector’s knack for digging up clues. But he’s confounded when, a week later, a second woman is found dead in a rowboat, and then a third. The dead women seem to have no connection whatsoever. Meanwhile, Mr. Stiles makes an alarming discovery: The shipping magnate’s missing wife, Mrs. Beckford, may not have fled her house because she was insane, as her husband claims, and Mr. Beckford may not be the successful man of business that he appears to be. 

Slowly, it becomes clear that the river murders and the case of Mrs. Beckford may be linked through some terrible act of injustice in the past - for which someone has vowed a brutal vengeance. Now, with the newspapers once again trumpeting the Yard’s failures, Corravan must dredge up the truth - before London devolves into a state of panic and before the killer claims another innocent victim.

©2021 Karen Odden (P)2021 Dreamscape Media, LLC

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good read

it's another good story by Karen Odden. Joshua Manning has a nice voice and narration that's easy to listen to.

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Historical Mystery

Very interesting story and nice twists to figure out how the victims were connected. Over all, well done and I'd like to read more Corravan books.

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  • 04-13-22

A good mystery very well narrated

The author's vivid description of Victorian London really transports you and the mystery will really hook you. A very satisfying listen. The narration is excellent as well.

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Intriguing and enjoyable

Not my usual genre; but I like to switch things up sometimes and I enjoy this author. Great storyline and narrator was excellent. Will not disappoint!

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Recommend Down a Dark River

Author Karen Odden does it again. An enthralling murder mystery set in Victorian London when Scotland Yard is trying to fix its reputation into a trusted institution with the public. Inspector Michael Corravan is up to the task but is not without his own past to confront in order to move forward and enable him to not only make progress on the case but save his own job. As usual, Ms. Odden fills the story with rich descriptions of the setting, laws and mindset of the time with historical accuracy. I am learn some not only about the period but also human nature.

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  • Mr Nightingale
  • 11-23-21

Breathless Victorian Fan Fiction.

If this had been set in New York or Boston, it would have been fine. I expect it's passable for a US listener or reader , but for a UK listener it is full of jarring errors.
The writer has been sloppy about research into speech patterns and this is peppered with americanisms that haven't seeped into British english in the 21st century, let alone the 19th.
The narrator is very confident in his delivery of a range of UK accents, not of which are appropriate for the time or the place. I would be interested to find out why he thinks that people from Whitechapel in East London speak with a Belfast, or a North of England accent.
Too irritating to finish.

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  • The Curator
  • 11-18-21

Another enjoyable addition to the canon

Interesting main characters with suitably murky backstories. I look forward to the developing relationship between the detective and child lodger/protege.