The Bedlam Detective (Sebastian Becker, #2) by Stephen Gallagher

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From a basement office in London’s notorious Bethlehem Hospital, Sebastian Becker investigates wealthy eccentrics whose dubious mental health may render them unable to manage their own affairs. His interview with rich landowner Sir Owain Lancaster, whose sanity has been in question since a disastrous scientific adventure in the Amazon killed his family and colleagues, coincides with the disappearance of two young local girls. When the children are found slain, Lancaster claims that the same dark forces that devastated his family have followed him home. It is not the first time that children have come to harm in his rural countryside town, though few are willing to speak of incidents from the past. Becker must determine whether this mad nobleman is insane and a murderer, or if some even more sinister agency is at work.
   Struggling on his small salary, and with unexpected help from a son who needs special care, Becker and his wife make sacrifices so Becker can stay on the case after an innocent man is convicted of the crime. The answers he seeks may be found with the assistance of the local investigator and a young suffragette who fled Arnmouth, but couldn’t flee the horrors she encountered there. 
   From dank asylums to the lush and treacherous Amazon, through the makeshift studios of the early film industry and a traveling fair of freaks and illusions, Sebastian Becker’s search for answers brings him face to face with madmen and monsters, both imagined and real. Confronting immense danger in his hunt for the truth, he will explore murder, tragedy, and the tempestuous depths of his own mind. 

Title : The Bedlam Detective (Sebastian Becker, #2)
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ISBN : 0307406644
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 pages


Tom rated it ★★★☆☆

February 02, 2012

Gallagher writes an easy-to-read mystery, with characters interesting enough to propel the reader into his strange story. The mystery involves the killing of two young girls in a seaside resort. There are long-time rumors of a terrible beast in the nearby woods, a pair of young women who survived...

Erin rated it ★★★★☆

February 24, 2012

I received this book as a goodreads giveaway. I have to say that when I started the book I thought it was a good read, nothing special, but about a third the way through I could not put it down. The Bedlam Detective has excellent details of the period and plenty of twists. Several days after fini...

John rated it ★★★★☆

November 12, 2016

Steve Gallagher has probably caused me more lost sleep than any other thriller writer -- I can remember reading, heavy-eyed, into the early hours to finish Valley of Lights, Nightmare, with Angel, Red, Red Robin and others -- so I'm not sure why I've let so long go by since last I read one of his...

Katie rated it ★★★☆☆

December 04, 2016

Monsters dwell in the shadows and in the hard light of day. They are among us. They sit next to us, chat with us, and dine with us. We only acknowledge their existence when their actions cause harm. The Bedlam Detective breaks down the monstrous form and makes you see that everyone is capable of...

Lady Delacour rated it ★★★☆☆

September 09, 2017

Very interesting, Victorian mystery story. Author knows how to paint tableaus with words. Nice narration by Michael Page. Almost clean, Just a few foul words.

Laura rated it ★★★☆☆

February 10, 2012

The subtitle is a bit confusing: this is a novel as much as it is a mystery (and this goes back to the question I've been asking for the past year or so - why are we using "a novel" as a subtitle? is there the risk we can't tell fact from fiction?). There are two intertwined questions here, the fi...

Sarah rated it ★★★★☆

February 06, 2012

This is, in the parlance of its setting, a cracking good read. Set in 1912, it has a pleasantly dark cast throughout the whole story, giving the reader the impression of hunting madness alongside Sebastien in the Smoke. There's an authenticity to "The Bedlam Detective" that belies some of the mor...

Susan rated it ★★★☆☆

March 06, 2017

I found the beginning of this a bit slow but the pace certainly picked up quite a bit. While the ending was quite a thrill ride I felt it went on too long and sort of ended anti-climatically. However, it still kept me interested and I will look for other books by this author.

Barb rated it ★★★★☆

March 13, 2012

I had never heard of Stephen Gallagher before seeing this as an upcoming release for 2012. Now I can't wait to see if his other work is as good as 'The Bedlam Detective'. Sebastian Becker has taken something of a demotion, returning to London from America, so that he can find an acceptable situati...

Valentina rated it ★★★★☆

July 06, 2012

Historical fictions taking place in the Victorian era are one my favorite kinds of books, and this one certainly did not disappoint. It is rich with period detail and with the je ne sais quoi that makes past ages seem so appealing. Sebastian Becker, the protagonist, is an interesting man. He carri...

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