I have read many Kerrigan Byrne books, each shining in its way. I think what pleasantly shocked me the most was how different A Treacherous Trade is compared to all of her other series. These Fiona Mahoney mysteries are dark and angsty as expected and enigmatic and sultry. I was lost in this lush, dangerous world.
Fiona Mahoney cleans the crime scenes left by the dead. Fiona’s true goal is to defeat Jack The Ripper. At the cusp of telling Inspector Croft a tragic truth, he delivers a stunning revelation: a similar murder to Jack The Ripper has occurred. Fiona is instantly embroiled in the case. While dealing with the murder investigation, Fiona must navigate her perilous, tenuous relationships with three men: Inspector Croft, A gangster called The Hammer, and an assassin called The Blade. These men all stir something within Fiona in their way.
The plot moved well; the second half sped by faster than the first. This is primarily a mystery. Fiona has to deal with her developing emotions and sensuality toward three men which both helps and hinders her goal. Although there is no romance per se, the sexual tension and innuendo add depth to the story. There is an excellent resolution to the mystery; however, there is a cliffhanger – a very intriguing cliffhanger! I enjoyed the mystery; it kept me guessing until the very end.
A Treacherous Trade is the second book in the Fiona Mahoney Mysteries series. I had not read the first book; however, there were plenty of backstory where I wasn’t lost. I will read the first book as I immensely enjoyed this one. I am thrilled I read this vivid, macabre, intellectual story with just enough sensuality to keep it interesting. A Treacherous Trade is a definite read for mystery lovers!
I voluntarily read and reviewed an advance copy of this book through BookSprout. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Release Date: March 8, 2022