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Summary

London, 1865.

Vera Sorokina loves reading the Penny Dreadfuls and immersing herself in tales of adventure, mystery, and romance. Her own days are filled with the often mundane work of running the book and print shop she owns with her father. The shop offers her the freedom and income to employ and protect the poverty-stricken Londoners she’s come to care about, and it gives her father something to do other than long for their hometown of St. Petersburg. She is grateful for the stability in their lives, but she often feels lonely.

Brogan Donnelly was born and raised in Ireland but has lived in London for several years, where he’s built a career as a Penny Dreadful writer. He has dedicated himself to the plight of the poor with the help of his sister. His membership in the secretive Dread Penny Society allows him to feel he isn’t entirely wasting his life, yet he feels dissatisfied. With no one to share his life with but his sister, he fears London will never truly feel like home.

Brogan and Vera’s paths cross, and the attraction is both immediate and ill-advised. Vera knows from past experience that writers are never to be trusted, and Brogan has reason to suspect not everything at her print shop is aboveboard. When the growing criminal enterprise run by the elusive and violent Mastiff begins targeting their area of London, Brogan and Vera must work together to protect the community they’ve both grown to love. But that means they’ll need to learn to trust each other with dangerous secrets that have followed both of them from their home countries.

©2021 Sarah M. Eden (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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  • ekuowl
  • 03-10-21

Again a great story!!!

I cannot wait for the next book! Every story is a special story of three stories in one! Ms Eden is a very gifted author, who keeps one on the edge of their seat ever wondering what will happen next, how will they solve this mystery and how on earth will they get out of this mess!

Another great plus is the narrator Justine Eyre. She reads and changes voices so effortlessly that you feel almost like you are sitting in a theater watching a live play unfold before you. Well done Sarah!

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  • Tracze
  • 09-09-21

The funnest language & books in this book

I love books that have real history to them. It could be the tiniest amount. How people talked, what foods they like, or how they dressed. This book brings all characters to life. Especially the South Londoners. That’s the new language you will love learning throughout this book of love, adventure, crime, & drama. Not to mention the books in the book you also get to read!

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  • Adrianne Laird
  • 27-12-21

I cannot wait for further stories!!!

Justine Eyre vividly brings to life Sarah M. Eden's characters and storyline. The ongoing search for the Mastiff, and the men and women who fight him are in the best of Victorian adventure tradition (and I honestly keep expecting to see Sherlock Holmes show up: they're THAT good).

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  • Nathan R.
  • 17-11-21

Wow.

Just wow. So many plot twists!! I love the last installment of The Dead Zoo ‘not everything in the dead zoo is dead’ ooooohhhh it’s good. Getting to know Brogan was amazing. And his undying love for Vera really tops it off. Can’t wait for the next one! The only question is will is be about Doc or Stone? 📕📗📘📙📚📖

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  • S
  • 14-10-21

One of the best series and narrators come together

This is by far one of my favorite series in any genre. The characters, their stories, the world they live in all come to life as this narrator brings you this tale. I absolutely recommend you delve into this series if you adore mystery, romance, and a healthy helping of wit.

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  • Julie
  • 17-09-21

Excellent series

I enjoyed listening to Brogan’s story in this series. This is the third book but could be enjoyed without reading the other two first. There are a few references to things in the other books but you would not be lost without reading them. I do however recommend reading them as they have all been excellent books. I’m looking forward to the next book!

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  • Jon Ayers
  • 13-09-21

Third and Thrilling

Once again, the author doesn't fail to keep us in suspense and veils the characters in mystery until it's time for us to know more. I cannot WAIT until the fourth is released! Go, Sarah!

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  • Ryan
  • 10-09-21

intriguing story with a twist

I love this series and the way mystery and magic are added to the realistic story of a secret society! this one had twists I didn't see coming!

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  • Ntebo Archer
  • 02-09-21

A thoroughly enjoyable series!

I love every book in the series and cannot wait for more. The DPS society and its members continue to amaze with their kindness and entertain with their humor and banter. The story of Vera and Brogan was every bit as entertaining from beginning to end. And off course the story in the story in this installment was just great (a Grimm Brothers tale folklore of sorts).

I look forward to learning about all the other members of the Dreadful Penny Society. The books are clean (no cursing or explicit scenes).

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  • Karren Langford
  • 01-09-21

Well Done

I have to write a review because the story ended with me smiling. I expected a love story and I expected a mystery because of the Dread Penny Society, but add possible espionage and extortion, attempted murder and a little occult and this was a crime/mystery solvers dream. The three separate story lines in the Merchant and the Rogue (story and 2 books) kept me on my toes.

I like that Stone’s race is never made a big deal.
Justine Eyre was remarkable with all the voices she portrayed and she did an admirable job with the American southern accent. I found in listening to people I have known in my lifetime the southern accent was not very dissimilar from British accent but for a harsher sound and a little cockney thrown in. Because Stone has lived in London for 8 years and has observed the cultured accents of key members of the Society that would have become a part of his accent. Good job all around.