Review & Giveaway: A Murderous Malady by Christine Trent

A Murderous Malady by Christine Trent

Publication Date: May 7, 2019
Crooked Lane Books
Hardcover & eBook; 336 Pages

Genre: Historical Mystery

For fans of Charles Todd and Deanna Raybourn comes Christine Trent’s second Florence Nightingale mystery.

Cholera has broken out in London, but Florence Nightingale has bigger problems when people begin dying of a far more intentional cause—murder.

The London summer of 1854 is drawing to a close when a deadly outbreak of cholera grips the city. Florence Nightingale is back on the scene marshaling her nurses to help treat countless suffering patients at Middlesex Hospital as the disease tears through the Soho slums. But beyond the dangers of the disease, something even more evil is seeping through the ailing streets of London.

It begins with an attack on the carriage of Florence’s friend, Elizabeth Herbert, wife to Secretary at War Sidney Herbert. Florence survives, but her coachman does not. Within hours, Sidney’s valet stumbles into the hospital, mutters a few cryptic words about the attack, and promptly dies from cholera. Frantic that an assassin is stalking his wife, Sidney enlists Florence’s help, who accepts but has little to go on save for the valet’s last words and a curious set of dice in his jacket pocket. Soon, the suspects are piling up faster than cholera victims, as there seems to be no end to the number of people who bear a grudge against the Herbert household.

Now, Florence is in a race against time—not only to save the victims of a lethal disease, but to foil a murderer with a disturbingly sinister goal—in A Murderous Malady.

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A Murderous Malady is the second book in author Christine Trent's Florence Nightingale Mystery series and though I haven't read the first one it didn't damper my enjoyment one bit.

In Trent's series, Florence Nightingale investigates mysteries, in addition to her role as a nurse. Florence is in London when someone tries to attack the wife of the Secretary of War, who is her friend, and they ask her to help find out why she was attacked. Traveling to the poorest slums in London to investigate she encounters first hand the extent of the recent Cholera outbreak. Racing against time, Florence and others try to find a way to stem the outbreak. All while searching for the persons who attacked her friend.

I found A Murderous Malady to be a quick and fascinating read! I greatly enjoyed the relationship between Florence and her assistant, Mary, and Florence's determination and her unwavering mission for standing up for the sick and poor was inspirational. I can't wait to see what's next for Florence!

If you're looking for a unique read featuring an intelligent and strong heroine, check out A Murderous Malady!

About the Author

Christine Trent is the author of the Florence Nightingale Mysteries, the Lady of Ashes historical mystery series, about a Victorian-era undertaker, and three other historical novels. Christine’s novels have been translated into Turkish, Polish, and Czech. She writes from her two-story home library, where she lives with her husband, four precocious cats, a large doll collection, entirely too many fountain pens, and over 4,000 catalogued books.

Learn more about Christine at You can also follow her on Facebook and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, May 6
Interview at Let Them Read Books
Review & Giveaway at Passages to the Past

Tuesday, May 7
Review at Peppermint Ph.D.

Wednesday, May 8
Review at Proverbial Reads
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Excerpt & Giveaway at Old Timey Books

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Review at Broken Teepee
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Saturday, May 11
Review at Donna's Book Blog

Sunday, May 12
Review at A Bookish Affair

Monday, May 13
Review at A Chick Who Reads
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Tuesday, May 14
Excerpt & Giveaway at To Read, Or Not to Read

Wednesday, May 15
Review at Historical Fiction with Spirit
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Feature at CelticLady's Reviews
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Review at The Lit Bitch

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Review at Just One More Chapter

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Giveaway at Coffee and Ink
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I have one paperback copy of A Murderous Malady up for grabs! To enter, please leave a comment below and incluce your email address or an alternate way to reach out if you win.

Giveaway is open to US addresses only. Giveaway ends on May 16th.


  1. i would love to win this book! thanks for

  2. Sounds perfect for me

  3. Fascinating historical which I would enjoy greatly. The era and the story interests me very much. Thanks. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com

  4. A Murderous Malady sounds captivating and intriguing. This Florence Nightingale mystery is unique and unforgettable. Love to read this great novel. elliotbencan(at)hotmail(dot)com

  5. Great cover! Love the review. This will be a great series.

  6. I'd love to read about Florence fighting cholera in the mean streets of London !

  7. What a terrific sounding mystery. I'm sure we'd both enjoy it. Thanks for the chance to win a copy! crs(at)codedivasites(dot)com

  8. I'd love to read about Florence as a detective.

  9. Florence Nightingale is such a great historical figure, and it would be fascinating to read about her investigative endeavors. Thanks for featuring A Murderous Malady on your blog and for your giveaway!


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