Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Here Walk the Dead by Brynn Chapman: Review & Giveaway

On tour with Prism Book Tours

Here Walk the Dead

(The Boneseeker Chronicles #2)

By Brynn Chapman

Historical Romantic Suspense, Gothic
Paperback & ebook, 250 Pages
January 14th 2019 by The Wild Rose Press, Inc

Arabella Holmes—yes, daughter of that Holmes—wants to return to her job as a purveyor of abnormal science. She has temporarily been demoted to a botanist, until her love interest, Henry Watson—yes, that Watson—can help her get her less-than-professional outbursts in check.

Henry is tired of his new role as doctor, tired of the lack of adventure, and tired of keeping Bella's escapades out of the papers.

Five girls are missing. Gone from locked rooms in their own houses. Arabella and Henry are called upon to help solve the kidnappings, but all they unearth is more danger.

Bella ventures undercover into a lunatic asylum, where a mute woman assaults her and scrawls the chilling words—Here the dead wake. Plus, a vial of Bella's research poison has gone missing. Bella and Henry must find it, and the missing girls, before charges can be brought against her.


"Dark twists and turns abound in this fast-paced and riveting gothic thriller. I consumed it in one sitting!" ~USA TODAY BESTSELLER, Lea Nolan

My Review for Here Walk the Dead

4 out of 5 stars

Here Walk the Dead is the second installment in Brynn Chapman's delightful homage to Sherlock Holmes. Arabella Holmes and her childhood best friend and love, Henry Watson are back for another macabre adventure. The setting is turn-of-the-century Philidelphia, where these transplanted, mystery-solving Brits have been struggling to adjust to a normal life. The museum, wary of scandal, has Arabella and Henry working with plants rather than bones this time. Surely plants are a safer scientific pursuit for a mind like Bella's?
Of course, one must expect the unexpected with a Holmes and Watson are involved, and trouble has a habit of finding them. Soon, the tedium of their carefully structured lives is disrupted by a new mystery. Women have been going missing about town and Arabella, ignoring the dangers, chooses to investigate by herself. What follows is a spellbinding adventure, with friends and fiends both old and new, embroiled in one over-arcing sinister plot.
I didn't hesitate for the opportunity to read Chapman's sequel to Boneseeker. Filled with thrills and chills and let's not forget about romance, fans of Sherlock Holmes will love the world this talented author has expanded upon. I adored the development of these characters and the way the plot echoed the struggles our heroes were going through. Excellently paced and rife with wit and charm, Boneseeker is a historical suspense series you will gladly sink your teeth into.

Other Books in the Series

Aspiring scientist Arabella Holmes doesn't fit the role of a 1900s lady. Her father, Sherlock, landed her a position at the Mütter Museum to pursue her dream of becoming a purveyor of abnormal science, or what her father calls a "Boneseeker."

Henry Watson’s two-fold mission at the Mütter Museum is to join their team of forensic anthropologists in unearthing unusual antiquities and to watch over Arabella. If only he could get her to speak to him, instead of hurling knives in his general direction. Assigned to a most secret expedition to investigate a mysterious skeletal hand discovered in upstate New York, Arabella and Henry are soon caught in a scientific debate, and the search for the truth may have deadly consequences for those involved.

Are the bones from a Neanderthal? Or are they living proof of fallen angels known as Nephilim?

Watson and Holmes must put aside their differences, trust their instincts, and rely on one another to survive to uncover the truth.

*This is a new version of a previously published edition

My Review for BONESEEKER

5 out of 5 stars

Bonseeker was a surprisingly delightful romp through turn-of-the-century Philidelphia. Our guides on this most excellent of sinister adventures was none other than the children of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson, Arabella and Henry. Both principle characters lead the narrative with equal energy and tenacity despite their circumstances. While romance was a very alluring element to this story, it doesn't overshadow so much as enhance this proposed sequel to Conan-Doyle's prolific works. 
Chapman has clearly done her research, not only into the science and views of the time, but dares to take a deeper look into the psychology behind beloved and new characters. Fantastic world building and characterization, coupled with strong storytelling chops from Chapman provide an excellent read. 
Bonseeker is so layered and complex but very accessible to old and new fans of historical fiction. An absolute must-read for fans of strong corset-wearing heroines and the requisite danger of the best Holmes mystery.

About the Author

Born and raised in western Pennsylvania, Brynn Chapman is the daughter of two teachers. Her writing reflects her passions: science, history and love--not necessarily in that order. In real life, the geek gene runs strong in her family, as does the Asperger's syndrome. Her writing reflects her experience as a pediatric therapist and her interactions with society's downtrodden. In fiction, she's a strong believer in underdogs and happily-ever-afters. Her ancestry tree claims she's a descendant of the House of Stuart.

Tour Schedule

Tour Giveaway

- GRAND PRIZE: One winner will receive a $10 Amazon eGift Card and a Print Copy of BONESEEKERTwo winners will receive an Audiobook of BONESEEKEROne winner will receive a Print Copy of BONESEEKER- Open internationally
- Ends January 23, 2019

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  1. thank you for hosting and reading!!!

    1. You're so welcome, Brynn! I loved it! My only complaint was it wasn't longer ;) I hope you plan to write a third book :D