• The Business of Blood

  • Fiona Mahoney Mystery, Book 1
  • By: Kerrigan Byrne
  • Narrated by: Justine Eyre
  • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (136 ratings)

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The Business of Blood

By: Kerrigan Byrne
Narrated by: Justine Eyre
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Publisher's Summary

Dying is the only thing people do with any regularity, and Fiona makes her indecorous living cleaning up after the corpses are carted away. Her childhood best friend, Mary, was the last known victim of Jack the Ripper. It's been two years since Fiona scrubbed Mary's blood from the floorboards, and London is no longer buzzing about the Ripper, but Fiona hasn't forgotten.

And she hasn't stopped searching for Jack.

When she's called to a murder in the middle of the night, Fiona finds a victim mutilated in an eerily similar fashion to those of the Ripper, and only a few doors down from Mary's old home. The relentless, overbearing, and irritatingly handsome Inspector Grayson Croft warns her away from the case. She might have listened, if she hadn't found a clue in the blood. A clue that will lead her down a path from which there is no return. As a killer cuts a devastating swath through London, a letter written in blood arrives at her door, and it is only then that Fiona realizes just how perilous her endeavor is. For she has drawn the attention of an obsessive evil and is no longer the hunter, but the prey.

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Kerrigan Byrne (P)2020 Tantor

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Wonderful Mystery!

This was a terrific book. I enjoyed the mystery! I do not read too many mysteries! I should warn that there are some graphic violence. The narration was terrific.

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What a Journey

If you love historical mystery and KB you will love this book. A thrilling mystery that keep you glued to the Audible and the narration was a stroke of a genius

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When's the Next One Coming?!?!

Loved it! I can hardly wait for the one!!!! So WHEEENNN is it coming?!?!!!!!!

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Very good!

I really enjoyed listening to this book. I thought it was a very good story and really liked the narration. I look forward to the next one.

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Dark and atmospheric Victorian mystery

A dark, atmospheric Victorian murder mystery. Fiona is a great heroine, and Byrne brings her gritty world alive with her writing. The cast of interesting side characters/potential love interests for Fiona contribute to both the worldbuilding and the mystery. I really loved The Hammer in particular, as well as grumpy Grayson Croft. I did feel that there was a bit of fetishization with the repeated use of the word "exotic" that I hope will not continue into future books. The mystery itself was creepy and well-paced, but I did guess the murderer right from the beginning. Fiona and her interactions with the other characters are definitely the most gripping part of the book, and the part that left me eager for book two.

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great book

in not much for mystery books but really enjoyed this. is can't wait for what comes next

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Predictable Brain-candy

Good for an escape but nothing extraordinary. Too many forced cultural cliches, that almost seem racist in nature is The Noble Savage, The Tragic and Wise Jewish, The Rabidly Catholic Irishman. I guessed the perpetrator a third of the way in.

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Gory Details

Not for those with weak constitutions or young children. Very detailed and gory murder scenes are depicted for the murder investigations. Great narration and overall story! I will definitely purchase the next book as this one does end with you wanting more!

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The story isn’t terrible. It was interesting enough, but I wouldn’t read it twice. There were quite a few social lessons that seemed forced. The book is gruesome and at times I said to myself, okay that’s more information then I need.

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I can't finish

the reviews where almost all glowing but I can't see why . Totally annoying book. Narrator was good the writing was very wordy and the story line ridiculous. Thankfully I got it on sale .

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  • The Curator
  • 02-21-22

A book set in the past, not a historical novel.

You get the feeling the author of this book churns out quite a few a year. They would certainly have time because the haven’t even stopped to Google a few basic historical facts. The book is set after the Ripper murders so let’s say 1890s. One character insists on having her crinoline for decency’s sake. I don’t know about decency but it’s over a decade out of fashion. Later the heroine says her dad was in the Guardai-an org not founded until the 1920s and she drinks Israeli wine! It’s pitiful and lazy. I’m assuming the author is one of those Americans who goes on about being Irish because someone in her family came over 200 years ago. If she was Irish, she might not use phrases such as the heroine recognising the she ‘had her Irish up’ when angry. Totally American and pretty offensive. Anyway, it’s appalling.

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  • Claire
  • 03-15-22

loved the story

Loved every second of the story. Whereas normally I watch a bit of tv in the evenings I kept listening till late till I finished it. It was so tense and intriguing. This is not my usual genre but I live ak if Kerrigan Byrne's books so I thought I'd try it out and it didn't disappoint.
Unfortunately I can't say the same about the narrator. She's ok but I can't bear her voice for the Male characters. Her voice is weak and sounds shaky. I don't usually buy books narrated by her, only when they're ones I really really want to listen to.
Now on to the next one.

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  • Lisa F Briggs
  • 05-31-20

Fabulous Story

Wonderful characters set in the infamous Whitechapel. Fiona Mahoney is brash, brilliant, independent and Irish. The story has as many turns as the Thames and is entertaining and enthralling.
Justine Eyre’s narration is brilliant.
I am looking forward to next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-09-22

Really enjoyable

This was really good. Entertaining and so worthy of many repeat listens just for the fun of it. I LOVED that she wrote Oscar Wilde into the story. More of him please!