Roderick Maclean was going to kill the Queen.
Watchers of the Dead opens with an assassination attempt on Queen Victoria and quickly moves to London, where Alex Lonsdale, reporter for the Pall Mall Gazette, finds himself investigating the murders of several prominent men in Victorian London. While the blame has been placed on cannibals who were to be a part of an exhibit for the newly opened Natural History Museum, Alex soon comes to think differently.
While I found the first and last portions of this book entertaining, the middle of the story seemed overly complex. There were too many strands and red-herrings introduced to the plot, at the expense of further character development. While everything came together, it made the ending appear rushed.
Overall, this was a pleasant read and I do look forward to the next installment in this series.
Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House for the advance reader copy made available for my review.