{Review+Giveaway} The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson

September 11, 2020 Blog Tours, Giveaways, Reviews 6 ★★★★

{Review+Giveaway} The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn BensonThe Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson
Pages: 492
Published by Vaughan Woods Publishing on April 30, 2020
Genres: Historical Fiction, mystery

London, 1914. Someone is draining the blood of the city’s mediums. Lily Albright knows who’s next.

The unacknowledged bastard daughter of the Earl of Torrington, Lily is haunted by visions of the future that she can never change. When she foresees the death of her dearest friend, she realizes the circumstances of that yet-to-be murder match those of a series of brutal and mysterious crimes.

If she can find the killer before he strikes, maybe this time she can finally thwart fate and save someone she loves.

As Lily's investigation takes her to a bedchamber where one of society’s most desirable widows lies dead, she realizes she can’t do this alone. She needs help from the reclusive Lord Strangford, a man haunted by his own unusual powers. To pursue the path of a killer, Lily must ask Strangford to face unimaginable horrors – and is compelled to reveal her darkest secrets to a man she has little reason to trust.

Somewhere in the city lies a murderer hell-bent on an unspeakable harvest, one that could reshape the future of the human race. To stop him, Lily must face a past rife with betrayal—and embrace the power she has spent her entire life trying to escape.

My Thoughts

The Fire in the Glass is a historical fiction mystery by  new to me author Jacquelyn Benson. I loved The Fire in the Glass! It takes place in London in the year 1914, and it is about a psychic that is trying to solve and stop a serial killer. The plot of The Fire in the Glass was fascinating and I loved the historical backdrop of London as the setting of our mystery. If you are a fan of mysteries or of historical fiction, this book was a total hidden gem for me. Check it out! I think you will love it!

In The Fire in the Glass we meet our main character Lily. Lily can see visions of the future, but it is not all glitz and glam for her. Lately she has been haunted by witnessing murder before they happen. But when she sees the vision of her friend being murdered, she knows she needs to do something. So she sets off to try and hunt down the killer before they can strike again! I love the premise of the story, but more than everything else, I love Lily! She is fierce and strong an determined. All in all, she is an excellent heroine for our story, and it was so easy for me to relate to her and root for her.

The story got even more interesting when she got someone else involved on her hunt. I enjoyed Lord Strangford, and it was cool that he had a power of his own. I thought it complimented Lily’s really well. View Spoiler » The romance was nice, but it was very much a secondary plot to the mystery, which was ok with me. Parts of the mystery were easy to figure out, and other elements took me by surprise. Jacquelyn Benson does a great job throwing in twists and turns while still keeping the plot flowing along smoothly. This novel was a joy to read. I thought the pacing and flow of the storyline was great!

If you are a fan of historical fiction, with mystery and some supernatural elements woven in, then I think you will really enjoy The Fire in the Glass took me by surprise in the best way. I am so hoping for more of Lily’s adventures! I have more questions that I need answers to!


P.S. The author just told me she is working on the sequel right now! Yay!


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About Jacquelyn Benson

Jacquelyn Benson writes smart historical thrillers where strong women confront the stranger things that occupy the borders of our world.

She once lived in a museum, wrote a master’s thesis on the cultural anthropology of paranormal investigation, and received a gold medal for being clever. She owes a great deal to her elementary school librarian for sagely choosing to acquire the entire Time-Life Mysteries of the Unknown series.

Her debut novel, The Smoke Hunter, was nominated for Best Historical Fiction by RT Times. When not writing, she enjoys the company of a tall, dark, and handsome English teacher and practices unintentional magic.

If you’d like to be friends, you may find her everywhere @jbensonink or join the email list at jacquelynbenson.com.

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6 Responses to “{Review+Giveaway} The Fire in the Glass by Jacquelyn Benson”

  1. Danielle Hammelef

    What are some interesting facts you learned about this setting while doing your research?

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