Book Description (via Goodreads): It’s November, 1879, and the mist-filled streets are not as empty as they appear. Against a backdrop of exploding heads, bullying geese, haunted gas lamps, and sinister, other-worldly terrors, a hapless urchin searches for his lost brother, a gentleman discovers the infuriating complications of love, and a flower girl joins forces with the meanest beast in London. However, as they stumble through each horrific event, one thing becomes painfully clear: there is Murder at the Scrambling Dragon!
I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I have given Murder at the Scrambling Dragon by Amber Gulley three out of five stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️
As I hadn’t read the first book in the series of Carnival Keepers I was happy to see that this second book could be read as a stand-alone novel.
I really, really liked Gulley’s writing throughout this book, her descriptions and style of writing were definitely the main reason for my average star rating on this book. Unfortunately, I got caught up in a whirlwind of characters and all their different POVs that I couldn’t keep up with what was happening where.
Some of their characters and their POVs were more interesting and enticing than some of the other characters I read over, especially the mysterious, sinister ones. As there were a lot of characters to read over I did find myself confused at times and not being able to remember which character was whom and what had happened to them in their previous POV earlier on in the book.
I always find it fascinating when a book builds up and everything comes together, especially in this book as there are so many characters yet Gulley manages to intertwine everything together with her brilliant writing that it works so well.
I really like the watercolour type book cover with the smokey dragon coming out of the top. The colours that have been used to really nicely together and I love that they have included (what I believe to be) a mouse at the bottom of the cover as well, as that has a lot of significance to do within the book.
Overall, despite this book being well-written descriptively, I thought there wasn’t a clear plot that the author took to with this book, which made it difficult for me to enjoy as much. I did find it really interesting to read the collection of strange, mysterious tales happening around the streets of London from multiple POVs however this book wasn’t really for me.
I’d recommend this book to people who have a clear mind and can take in lots of different character POVs along with fans of mystery and horror books.
Have you read Murder at the Scrambling Dragon? If so, what did you think? Let me know in the comments below.