The Bloody Benders Reviewed

I’ve added coverage of the latest Treasury of Victorian Murder, The Saga of the Bloody Benders, to my recommendation page for the series.

I love the way these books open with a bibliography and maps. I’m not going to check out any of the sources, but just seeing the research Rick Geary does and that he’s willing to have his readers draw their own conclusions is quite impressive. It puts me into a receptive mood to better appreciate his work, especially the astounding art.

The content is as creepy as always, made more so through the dry, direct presentation. I admit, it’s a base desire to wallow in stories of terrible happenings, but an enjoyable one when safe at home, far away in time and place.

Update: Tom Spurgeon also reviews the book, making some great points about the art.

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