Review: A Matter of Grave Concern by Brenda Novak

A Matter of Grave Concern

Bestselling author Brenda Novak unearths love in the darkest of places.

When Maximillian Wilder hides his noble identity and joins the notorious body snatchers known as the London Supply Company, the last thing on his mind is love. He’s worried about Madeline, his vanished half-sister, who was last seen in the company of Jack Hurtsill, the gang’s conscienceless leader. Raiding graveyards, stealing corpses, and selling them to medical colleges as dissection material is dirty work, but Max knows he must gain Jack’s trust. He’s determined to find out what happened to Madeline—and to bring Jack to justice if she was murdered for the coin her body could earn.

Beautiful, spirited Abigail Hale, daughter of the surgeon at Aldersgate School of Medicine, detests the challenging, hard-bargaining Max almost as much as Jack. But she must procure the necessary specimens if she is to save the college and her father’s career. She believes she is going to be successful—until Jack double-crosses her. Then she’s swept into a plot of danger and intrigue, one where Max must intervene to protect her, no matter the risk to his plan…or his heart.

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I had so much fun reading this story! I absolutely enjoyed the interaction between Max and Abigail. They have a meaningful connection in a particular way. They are both educated, intelligent, opinionated and strong. They complement each other very much which makes the story all the better. However, they come from two different words. I have to say that even the unsavory characters were entertaining to read and added much to the story. Jack in particular. One loves to really dislike him.

I have to say I haven’t quite read a premise like this one before and I found it to be creative and as I mentioned, fun reading. Raiding graveyards to sell corpse to medical colleges is something I did not know was done and I’m curious to find out if this really went on. It certainly does seem like it would. The title is perfect for this story, the story flows beautifully and the characters are lively. I will be on the lookout for more books by this author and highly recommend this story.

Stephanie M. Hopkins

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