Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Children of Fire by . Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my stop on the tour! Check out my review and let me know what you think.
Can Josiah solve the puzzle before more people die, or is he out of his depth?
In 1841, at the height of the industrial revolution in the North West of England, Josiah Ainscough returns from his travels and surprises everyone by joining the Stockport Police Force, rather than following his adopted father’s footsteps into the Methodist ministry.
While Josiah was abroad, five men died in an explosion at the Furness Vale Powder Mill. Was this an accident or did the Children of Fire, a local religious community, have a hand in it. As Josiah struggles to find his vocation, his investigation into the Children of Fire begins. But his enquiries are derailed by the horrific crucifixion of the community’s leader.
Now Josiah must race against time to solve the puzzle of the violence loose in the Furness Vale before more people die. This is complicated by his affections for Rachael, a leading member of the Children of Fire, and the vivacious Aideen Hayes, a visitor from Ireland.
Can Josiah put together the pieces of the puzzle, or is he out of his depth?
Children of Fire won the Writing Magazine’s Best Novel Prize for 2017
WOW! Children of Fire blew me away. It is incredibly detailed, feels historically accurate, and is paced well to keep you drawn in. Paul CW Beaty has weaved an intricate story without info dumping, and keeping the story interesting.
A historical ‘whodunit,’ that kept me guessing from the beginning to the end. I love that Beaty was able to drop hints without giving away the surprise. It felt realistic and I was constantly feeling like this was a true story! I love when Historical Fiction is written to be real. That makes me love this genre.
I’m very impressed with this novel. Paul CW Beaty has crafted a brilliant novel and I’m looking forward to reading more by him. Highly recommended.
Paul CW Beatty is an unusual combination of a novelist and a research scientist. Having worked for many years in medical research in the UK NHS and Universities, a few years ago he took an MA in Creative Writing at Manchester Metropolitan University emerging with a distinction.
His latest novel, Children of Fire, is a Victorian murder mystery set in 1841 at the height of the industrial revolution. It won the Writing Magazine’s Best Novel Award in November 2017 and is published by The Book Guild Ltd.
Paul lives near Manchester in the northwest of England. Children of Fire is set against the hills of the Peak District as well as the canals and other industrial infrastructure of the Cottonopolis know as the City of Manchester.
Let me know what you think!