Book Recommendation: River of Fallen Angels by Laura Joh Rowland

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Book Recommendation: River of Fallen Angels by Laura Joh Rowland

Dolores and I enjoyed reading River of Fallen Angels (2023) by American author Laura Joh Rowland and recommend it for your reading list Click on the links to learn more about the author and this Victorian Mystery novel.


Award-winning author Laura Joh Rowland is back with the seventh in her critically acclaimed Victorian mystery series in which Sarah Bain Barrett is pitted against a true-crime serial killer who may have ties to Jack the Ripper.

London, April 1891. When the severed torso of a woman washes up on the bank of the river Thames, London believes a serial killer from the past has struck again. Crime photographer and investigator Sarah Bain Barrett is on the scene with her friends Mick O’Reilly and Lord Hugh Staunton. This is their chance to solve a grisly cold case and deliver a monster to belated justice, with help from Sarah’s husband Detective Sergeant Thomas Barrett; her sister Sally Albert, an intrepid newspaper reporter; and Hugh’s psychologist, Dr. Joshua Lewes, who’s a pioneer in the new science of criminal profiling. But the opportunity brings troubles galore: Sarah and her husband can’t agree on what direction their inquiries should take. Barrett favors concentrating on two shady characters he knows from his days a a patrol constable in Whitechapel, while Sarah suspects the charismatic leader of a polygamous religious sect from which at least one woman has gone missing. Their discord threatens not only the investigation but their marriage.

To complicate matters, Sarah’s bitter enemy, Inspector Reid, is leading the police’s hunt for the killer they’re calling the Torso Murderer. Obsessed with the Ripper case and his own failure to solve it, he thinks the Ripper and the Torso Murderer are one and the same person—a notion that could steer the police investigation disastrously off course. Hot in pursuit of the killer, Reid is also hell-bent on discovering what Sarah and company have been hiding about the Ripper.

The Torso Murder case threatens to expose a dangerous truth, tear apart Sarah’s close-knit band of comrades, and send them to the gallows before they can put the killer out of action. Goodreads


Laura Joh Rowland is a bestselling author of historical mystery novels. Her newest series stars Miss Sarah Bain, a photographer in Victorian London. The latest book is Garden of Sins, to be followed by River of Fallen Angels on January 10, 2023. Laura's previous series, which is set in medieval Japan and features samurai detective Sano Ichiro, has been published in 21 countries, been nominated for the Anthony Award and the Hammett Prize, won RT Magazine's Reader's Choice Award, and been included in The Wall Street Journal's list of the five best historical mystery novels. Laura has also written a historical suspense series about Charlotte Bronte, the famous Victorian author.

Laura holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Michigan. She is a former aerospace scientist, a painter, and a cartoonist. She lives in New York City with her husband Marty.


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Roy Kelley, Retired, Former Associate Broker, RE/MAX Realty Group

Gaithersburg, Maryland  

Comments (18)

Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

The scheduling feature is still not working. Be alert if you have scheduled posts.

Mar 10, 2023 04:25 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Roy. I am jealous of your reading time. Mine has dropped as you continue your rapid pace. Enjoy your next read.

Mar 10, 2023 04:32 AM
faye schubert
Retired - Branson, MO
Living the Branson Lake Life

I love historical based books to read. My favorites!

Mar 10, 2023 04:43 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

Good morning Roy,

Another excellent book to add to my long list that someday I might get to ! You have some excellent authors and I love being introduced into new ones!

Mar 10, 2023 05:22 AM
Bill Salvatore - East Valley
Arizona Elite Properties - Chandler, AZ
Realtor - 602-999-0952 / em:

Excellent Information. Thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful Friday and a blessed weekend. Bill Salvatore

Mar 10, 2023 05:30 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Good morning, Roy... for lovers of Victorian mysteries this sounds like a great read.

Mar 10, 2023 05:45 AM
Brian England
Arizona Focus Realty - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

You always have the best book reviews, I can't wait to hear what you think about Drowning when it comes out in May!

Mar 10, 2023 05:45 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Roy, thanks for sharing your book recommendation, sounds like a good read.

Mar 10, 2023 06:04 AM
Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400
The Top Team @ Charles Rutenberg Realty 255 Executive Dr, Plainview NY 11803 - Plainview, NY
Long Island Condo and Home Specialists

I do like to read your recommendations on books and on authors that you and Chef Delores read!

Mar 10, 2023 02:57 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy,

Another great book review.  You are the best at this. Thanks for sharing it. 

Mar 10, 2023 03:12 PM
Jane Chaulklin-Schott
TEAMCONNECT REALTY - (407) 394-9766 - Orlando, FL
TeamConnect Luxury Homes - Orlando, Florida, 32836

Roy, as 

Wayne Martin wrote above, I, too am jealous of your reading time.  Great title for your new book recommendation and love the cover.  I can see where it would attract me if in a book store...

Mar 10, 2023 11:47 PM
Myrl Jeffcoat
Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Realtor - Retired

River of Fallen Angels by Laura Joh Rowland sounds like an interesting read, Roy.

Mar 11, 2023 08:48 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much for your comments. It is always good to hear from you.

Mar 13, 2023 11:30 AM