published by: Crown Publishing Group
publish date: February 7, 2012
From a basement office in London’s notorious Bethlehem Hospital, Sebastian Becker investigates wealthy eccentrics whose dubious mental health may render them unable to manage their own affairs. His interview with rich landowner Sir Owain Lancaster, whose sanity has been in question since a disastrous scientific adventure in the Amazon killed his family and colleagues, coincides with the disappearance of two young local girls. When the children are found slain, Lancaster claims that the same dark forces that devastated his family have followed him home. It is not the first time that children have come to harm in his rural countryside town, though few are willing to speak of incidents from the past. Becker must determine whether this mad nobleman is insane and a murderer, or if some even more sinister agency is at work.
This book was just kinda "eh" for me. I've been trying to work my way through three historical murder mysteries at the same time, The Bedlam Detective, The Gods of Gotham and The Yard. Of the three, I much preferred The Gods of Gotham.
I think The Bedlam Detective would probably appeal more to people who like cozy mysteries rather than the really good hardcore mysteries. A lot of the circumstances in the book felt silly and Sir Owain was just a little too bizarre. The only time the book got really interesting was when Sebastian's wife was taken hostage at the hospital she works at. That situation ended rather abruptly when I felt like it should have been fleshed out a bit, even though it was somewhat irrelevant to the rest of the story.
Overall, I wouldn't say it was a bad book, it just wasn't for me. I do like the cover a lot though!