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The Queen of Bedlam (The Matthew Corbett Series Book 2) by [McCammon, Robert]
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A richly atmospheric, labyrinthine new novel from bestselling author Robert McCammon, whose epic masterwork of colonial witch-hunt terror, Speaks the Nightbird, was hailed by Sandra Brown as "deeply satisfying … told with matchless insight into the human soul."

Now the hero of that spellbinding novel begins a stunning adventure as a young law clerk in eighteenth-century New York, where a killer wields a bloody and terrifying power over a bustling city carving out its identity.

The unsolved murder of a respected doctor has sent ripples of fear throughout a city teeming with life and noise and commerce. Who snuffed out the good man's life with a slash of a blade on a midnight street? The local printmaster has labeled the fiend "the Masker," adding fuel to the volatile mystery … and when the Masker claims a new victim, earnest, hardworking Matthew Corbett is lured into a maze of forensic clues and heart-pounding investigation that will test his natural penchant for detection and inflame his hunger for justice.

In the strangest twist of all, the key to unmasking the Masker may await in an asylum where The Queen of Bedlam reigns … and unlocking her secrets will lead Matthew to not only the answers he seeks but chilling truths he cannot escape.

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  • Publisher: Crossroad Press (3 May 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B071YTX4WQ
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historical and Entertaining 18 April 2011
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I have recently discovered the wonderful Robert McCammon and I cannot gush enough good about the books I've devoured so far. In this sequel of Speak the Nightbird, Matthew Corbett is home in New York, 1702. Historical richness abounds. New York is a fledgling city with characters of of all types - from the lowly prostitutes in Polly Blossom's brothel to Lord Cornbury, the town's new governor who has a taste for unconventional clothing. A murderer named The Masker is loose on the town and he carves up men's faces as though he is making a replica of a mask. The Masker strikes in the dark of night when men are wandering home from the pub.

Matthew is offered new employment from his position as a (lowly) clerk. His new job would be hard to define for Katherine Herrald is planning to open a brand new office in New York for the sole purpose of figuring out problems, such as finding missing persons, or things, or whatever people may need help with. It would be safe to say that it will be the first detective agency. It's common knowledge that Matthew saved a witch from burning, so he may have a good mind and some experience figuring things out. His first job is to find out who the masker is for a very high brow widow before the killer's name is written in the town's newspaper, The Earwig, and what ensues is high adventure. Katherine Herrald's other employee, Hudson Greathouse, teaches Matthew a thing or two about defending himself with a lance and since Matthew is more of a thinking man he has many lessons to learn about the art of defense.

Hudson Greathouse takes Matthew to visit a woman who is called the Queen of Bedlam. She is a mental patient and the doctors where she lives want to know her true identity because it is a mystery. The queen rarely speaks and she was left under very mysterious circumstances. Matthew soon learns that locked up inside the mind of the queen could be the answers to the very mystery that he is trying to solve.

If you want to read a great author with a list of fabulous books already written, look no further for now. Robert McCammon is a great find. I don't know how I missed him. After The Queen of Bedlam, comes Mister Slaughter, and I read on the author's website that there is a new book in the series coming out soon!
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 6 December 2016
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The Queen of Bedlam is a terrific blend of historical fiction and mystery. Don't get me wrong, Speaks The Night bird is a very good book, but The Queen of Bedlam blows it out of the water. The narrative is consistently compelling. The characters are very well developed, and the mysteries within beg the reader to keep turning pages. I like historical movies, but novels are the prime medium for historical tales, as you really get to live and breathe in that world. On this front, McCammon delivers a wonderful array of historical details, and very vividly paints New York as it was over three hundred years ago.
I don't want to keep going on, because I can only endlessly praise this book. This might be the best book I've read this year. A truly wonderful novel, and a great series, and one I am so very excited to continue, especially given how this one ends. I love McCammon's supernatural stuff, but I'll happily spend time in Matthew Corbett's dangerous and daring world anytime.
5.0 out of 5 stars Historical facts, language and customes researched and written perfectly 16 November 2014
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he Queen of Bedlam by Robert McCammon
April 29 (Approximately) to November 13, 2014
Second book in the Matthew Corbett Series
Recommended by internet friends

Earlier this year I started perhaps the most enjoyable book series I have read. I wanted to quickly read the second in the series, The Queen of Bedlam, but never seemed to find the time due to other obligations. I have gradually read this book and have completed it. This is the best book I have read this fall.

Again, Mr. McCammon offers a beautifully written story over 600 pages. I travel when I read Mr. McCammon's work...I see the blue sky with clouds floating around, walk the warm and humid streets of New York, feel the fear in the town as the murders ensue, smell some unpleasant smells and hear the voices of characters I will never know in real life.

The setting is per-Revoluntary war, early seventeen hundreds. Our hero, protagonist Matthew Corbett, has rearranged his life and now lives in Long Island a small town where most everyone knows everyone else or at least a little gossip about everyone else. Matthew has a decision to make and that is whether to continue being a judge's clerk or join a private detective agency.

This novel was more involved with various characters and settings than the first Matthew Corbett novel. There were actually two different puzzles to be solved and Matthew was involved with both. He jumps right in, thinking nothing of his own personal comfort. He is a well respected young man in the community.

I enjoyed this story a lot. Matthew was probably my favorite character in this story. He had some unusual things happen to him and during these happenings he got through them with as much grace as possible. Some of the book had very funny parts. Matthew's character continues to develop and are we seeing him actually becoming interested in the fairer sex? I enjoyed the way Mr. McCammon developed all the characters in this book. There were some odd ones in this story.

Overall this book was well researched and written. It held my interest all the way from page one until the end.

I give The Queen of Bedlam five stars. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good solid story, but especially to lovers of historical fiction.
5.0 out of 5 stars Matthew Corbett turns P.I. 16 December 2013
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THE QUEEN OF BEDLAM is the first sequel to the "Matthew Corbett" series first published in 2002 as McCammon's "comeback" smash hit, SPEAKS THE NIGHTBIRD. As TQOB opens, 23 year old Matthew is now a clerk for a Magistrate in 1702 Manhattan, a bustling up and coming metropolis of some 5,000 souls. But his days as a simple clerk come to an end when he draws the attention of Katherine Herrald, the well-to-do, successful widowed owner of a London-based Private Investigator Agency seeking to open an office in the New World. Matthew is hired on a kind of trial basis to discover the identify of and story behind the eponymous "Queen", a mysterious, catatonic woman in a private sanitarium up the Hudson, whose benefactor has her maintained amidst lavish and expensive furnishing from which all identifying marks have been removed, under the care of 2 private physicians who are paid directly from a source in Philadelphia.

Whereas in STN, we are treated to detailed descriptions of everyday life in the 1699 Carolina Colonies, TQOB gives us a similar picture of life in New York when Brooklyn was still spelled Breuckelen and Philadelphia and Boston were the real big cities, with Manhattan still just a few steps up from a village.

The writing is magnificent and the the pace is rapid, even for a long novel. Matthew continues to grow and mature, and, under the tutelage of Herralds parter, Hudson Greathouse, begins to train physically in defensive and offensive arts that will turn out to be key in a lengthy climactic section near the end of the novel.

Once again there are multiple mysteries to be solved, and Matthew continues to sharpen his ability to ask precisely the right questions and to assemble seemingly unrelated facts and occurrences as he slowly builds theories to explain the mysteries he seeks to explain. There are some welcome comic asides that McCammon handles particularly well, but once again, as with STN, this is a straight up historical fiction- mystery story with not a hint of that old McCammon horror. So if you are looking for another SWAN SONG, you will likely be disappointed. But if you are looking for top notch mystery, history and fiction, this is for you. It's on to MISTER SLAUGHTER, the next one in the series for me.

Highly Recommended.

J.M. Tepper
5.0 out of 5 stars Shows Matthew Corbett at his best. 20 April 2017
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A very entertaining novel with many twists and turns sending Matthew and his partner in many directions

Also introduces characters from upcoming Corbett novels...