Review: Paternoster

Paternoster by Kim Fleet

paternoster1795: With a thief-taker close on her heels, prostitute Rachel Lovett is forced to leave London and take up residence in a Cheltenham brothel. Greville House seems the perfect place to start her hunt for wealthy clientele but rumours suggest that there is more than just the usual debauchery practised there. Beneath the house, tunnels lead to the sinister Paternoster Club and Rachel must decide how far she is willing to go for the money in their pockets.

Today: An undercover officer assumes a new identity when an operation goes terrifyingly wrong. Now known as private investigator Eden Grey, the mysterious death of one of Eden’s clients leads her into a web of corruption, murder and human trafficking, while the discovery of two centuries-old skeletons in the grounds of a wealthy Cheltenham school might be of greater relevance than she realises…

I think I just don’t get on with modern crime…

It’s pretty good; it’s tense, drama-filled, nicely written. The historical parts are interesting and interweave nicely with the modern sections; the characters are well done.

But…eh. I just don’t care. It’s not the book; it’s definitely me.

Well. It might be a bit of the book. I dunno. I got on OK with Morse, and I like Agatha Christie; I’ve read Fleming, Cadfel, Falco. But modern stuff, with gangs and murders and angst….the best one I’ve read lately was London Falling by Paul Cornell, and that’s mostly because I loved the mix of “what the hell is this?!” into a standard police detective investigation.

Anyway. If you like modern crime thrillers, private detectives and historical murder mysteries, give this a try – and if you do, let me know what you think?

This was part of my Discoverability Challenge.

Author: kate

Kate Coe is an editor, book reviewer and writer of fiction & fantasy. She writes the sparkpunk GreenSky series and blogs at When she's not working, she fills her spare time in between writing with web design, gaming, geeky cross-stitch and DIY (which may or may not involve destroying things). She also reads far fewer books that she would like to, but possibly more than she really has time for.