#BOOKREVIEW | Cleopatra’s Dagger – Carole Lawrence @C_E_Lawrence @KayePublicity #amreading #bookreview #historical #thriller

Today I’m sharing my review of Cleopatra’s Dagger by Carole Lawrence!

A journalist in nineteenth-century New York matches wits with a serial killer in a gripping thriller by the prizewinning author of the Ian Hamilton Mysteries.

New York, 1880. Elizabeth van den Broek is the only female reporter at the Herald, the city’s most popular newspaper. Then she and her bohemian friend Carlotta Ackerman find a woman’s body wrapped like a mummy in a freshly dug hole in Central Park—the intended site of an obelisk called Cleopatra’s Needle. The macabre discovery takes Elizabeth away from the society pages to follow an investigation into New York City’s darkest shadows.

When more bodies turn up, each tied to Egyptian lore, Elizabeth is onto a headline-making scoop more sinister than she could have imagined. Her reporting has readers spellbound, and each new clue implicates New York’s richest and most powerful citizens. And a serial killer is watching every headline.

Now a madman with an indecipherable motive is coming after Elizabeth and everyone she loves. She wants a good story? She may have to die to get it.

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Cleopatra’s Dagger by Carole Lawrence is a beautifully written, historical thriller. I had a feeling I would enjoy this when I read the blurb, but I absolutely loved this!!

The mystery is really well laid out. It kept me guessing and I didn’t feel like it was too obvious. I think it was paced very well and I was interested in the story from beginning to end.

I think the strongest aspect of this story is the historical aspects. The research done to make this feel real was really excellent and I felt transported back to NYC in 1880.

Overall, this was an entertaining read that was well written and paced to be exciting. I would recommend giving this a shot!

I recieved a free review copy to give my honest opinion. All opinions are my own and unbiased.



Carole Lawrence is an award-winning novelist, poet, composer, and playwright. In addition to Edinburgh Twilight, Edinburgh Dusk, and Edinburgh Midnight in the Ian Hamilton Mysteries series, she has authored novellas, short stories, and poems―many of them translated internationally. She is a two-time Pushcart Prize nominee for poetry and has won the Euphoria Poetry Prize, the Eve of St. Agnes Poetry Award, the Maxim Mazumdar playwriting prize, the Jerry Jazz Musician award for short fiction, and the Chronogram Literary Fiction Award. Her plays and musicals have been produced in several countries, as well as on NPR; her physics play, Strings, nominated for an Innovative Theatre Award, was produced at the Kennedy Center. A Hawthornden Fellow, she is on the faculty of NYU and Gotham Writers Workshop, as well as the Cape Cod Writers Center and San Miguel Writers’ Conference. 

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