The Death Of Me by M. J. Tjia Legend Press October 1st 2019
The Continent, 1864: Two bomb attacks, three deaths.
Clues to an elaborate assassination plot are intercepted in Paris and the authorities believe the assassin’s lair lies in Soho, London. Heloise Chancey, courtesan and professional detective, must go undercover to spy upon the nest of suspects and end their murderous conspiracy.
Meanwhile, her Chinese maid, Amah Li Leen finds herself trapped in a deadly nightmare of deceit and madness. Will she be able to escape before time runs out?
Danger keeps Heloise close company as she hunts evil down to its devilish source.
Helosise Chancey, the most modern and, in my opinion madcap women of the fictional 1800’s. Once again she was pitted against those who wished her and others harm and oh my goodness did she give them a run for their money.
She had all the guile and intelligence of her first outing in She Be Damned this time Tjia gave us a more rounded Heloise, more of her characteristics on display for us to enjoy. What I loved more than anything was her complete disregard for men, yet maintained her femininity, not afraid to use them to get what she wanted.
If Heloise was wonderful then so was her mother, on her quest to recover what was stolen from her. You could see where Heloise got her bravery and determination from and I loved the separate story Tjia created for her that ran seamlessly alongside that of Heloise.
The settings of Paris and London were vividly portrayed, the simmering dangers lingered in the dark back streets that gave the novel a brooding, tense feel.
Characters were never whom they seemed, as Heloise pitted herself against their manipulative ways , having to use her intelligence and ingenuity to outwit and hopefully succeed against their dangerous intentions.
Once again Tijia has written a fabulous, dark and engrossing historical thriller and I cannot wait for number three.
I would like to thank Legend Press for a copy of the Death Of Me to read and review and to Lucy Chamberlain for inviting My Bookish Blogspot to participate in the blogtour.
About the author
M.J. is a Brisbane-based writer. She has been shortlisted for the Josephine Ulrick Short Story Prize and the Luke Bitmead Bursary (UK), and longlisted for the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize and CWA (UK) dagger awards. Her work has appeared in Rex, Peril and Shibboleth and Other Stories.
She is the author of She Be Damned: A Heloise Chancey Mystery, (2017) with the sequel to follow in 2018.
Follow M.J. on Twitter @mjtjia