The House on Half Moon Street

The House on Half Moon Street

Everyone has a secret... Only some lead to murder. Leo Stanhope. Assistant to a London coroner; in love with Maria; and hiding a very big secret. For Leo was born Charlotte, but knowing he was meant to be a man ? despite the evidence of his body ? he fled his family home at just fifteen, and has been living as Leo ever since: his original identity known only to a few truste Everyone has a secret... Only some lead to murder. Leo Stanhope. Assistant to a London coroner; in love wi...

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Title:The House on Half Moon Street
Author:Alex Reeve
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The House on Half Moon Street
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:368 pages pages

The House on Half Moon Street Reviews

  • Kirsty
    Feb 03, 2019

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    Jul 10, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

    Not bad, but I wasn't hooked. ...

    'The truth is like clay: you mould it to what you want, and then it hardens.? Set in London during the 1880s, this novel is a blend of historical and crime fiction with an intriguing protagonist. Leo Stanhope works as an assistant to a London coroner. Leo is a frequent visitor to ...

  • Icy Sedgwick
    May 10, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

  • Louise
    Mar 03, 2019

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

  • Melanie (Mel's Bookland Adventures)
    May 03, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

  • Payal
    Apr 20, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

  • Kate
    Apr 18, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

  • Connie
    Mar 20, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

    Not bad, but I wasn't hooked. ...

    'The truth is like clay: you mould it to what you want, and then it hardens.? Set in London during the 1880s, this novel is a blend of historical and crime fiction with an intriguing protagonist. Leo Stanhope works as an assistant to a London coroner. Leo is a frequent visitor to ...

    Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing, Alex Reeve, and Net Galley for the opportunity to read The House on Half Moon Street, one of the most atmospheric novels I have read, and I'm very happy to place it in my top five reads for this year. Leo Stanhope is born a girl, Charlotte, but is in...

    London, 1880. The body of a man is washed up by the Thames and delivered to the hands of Leo Stanhope, a coroner?s assistant. He appears to have drowned, a bottle of ale in his pocket and five pennies and a farthing in his wallet. There is nothing particularly sinister about this vag...

    I can't recommend this book enough. It was an absolute pleasure to read. Such a great idea to set it in Victorian London, and the descriptions made the setting come alive. I felt I was there. Leo makes a great hero, and I am delighted to hear it is going to be a series. He was so sens...

    An atmospheric historical crime novel set in Victorian London. The protagonist is Leo Stanhope who is transgender and only a few trusted friends know. But Leo's world comes crashing down when the love of his life Maria is found dead and Leo is arrested and accused of her murder. I rea...

  • Jim
    Aug 07, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

    Not bad, but I wasn't hooked. ...

    'The truth is like clay: you mould it to what you want, and then it hardens.? Set in London during the 1880s, this novel is a blend of historical and crime fiction with an intriguing protagonist. Leo Stanhope works as an assistant to a London coroner. Leo is a frequent visitor to ...

    Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing, Alex Reeve, and Net Galley for the opportunity to read The House on Half Moon Street, one of the most atmospheric novels I have read, and I'm very happy to place it in my top five reads for this year. Leo Stanhope is born a girl, Charlotte, but is in...

    London, 1880. The body of a man is washed up by the Thames and delivered to the hands of Leo Stanhope, a coroner?s assistant. He appears to have drowned, a bottle of ale in his pocket and five pennies and a farthing in his wallet. There is nothing particularly sinister about this vag...

    I can't recommend this book enough. It was an absolute pleasure to read. Such a great idea to set it in Victorian London, and the descriptions made the setting come alive. I felt I was there. Leo makes a great hero, and I am delighted to hear it is going to be a series. He was so sens...

    An atmospheric historical crime novel set in Victorian London. The protagonist is Leo Stanhope who is transgender and only a few trusted friends know. But Leo's world comes crashing down when the love of his life Maria is found dead and Leo is arrested and accused of her murder. I rea...

    A very surprising read. The Victorian setting gave this a feeling of unpredictability whilst also lending to characterisations with depth. This was a little slow to start, but I read half of it in an afternoon. Bonus points for transgender representation that is respectful of the diffi...

  • Elizabeth
    Sep 24, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

    Not bad, but I wasn't hooked. ...

  • Nicki
    May 21, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

    Not bad, but I wasn't hooked. ...

    'The truth is like clay: you mould it to what you want, and then it hardens.? Set in London during the 1880s, this novel is a blend of historical and crime fiction with an intriguing protagonist. Leo Stanhope works as an assistant to a London coroner. Leo is a frequent visitor to ...

    Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing, Alex Reeve, and Net Galley for the opportunity to read The House on Half Moon Street, one of the most atmospheric novels I have read, and I'm very happy to place it in my top five reads for this year. Leo Stanhope is born a girl, Charlotte, but is in...

    London, 1880. The body of a man is washed up by the Thames and delivered to the hands of Leo Stanhope, a coroner?s assistant. He appears to have drowned, a bottle of ale in his pocket and five pennies and a farthing in his wallet. There is nothing particularly sinister about this vag...

    I can't recommend this book enough. It was an absolute pleasure to read. Such a great idea to set it in Victorian London, and the descriptions made the setting come alive. I felt I was there. Leo makes a great hero, and I am delighted to hear it is going to be a series. He was so sens...

  • Liz Barnsley
    Apr 22, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

  • Gail Wylde
    May 03, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

    Not bad, but I wasn't hooked. ...

    'The truth is like clay: you mould it to what you want, and then it hardens.? Set in London during the 1880s, this novel is a blend of historical and crime fiction with an intriguing protagonist. Leo Stanhope works as an assistant to a London coroner. Leo is a frequent visitor to ...

    Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing, Alex Reeve, and Net Galley for the opportunity to read The House on Half Moon Street, one of the most atmospheric novels I have read, and I'm very happy to place it in my top five reads for this year. Leo Stanhope is born a girl, Charlotte, but is in...

    London, 1880. The body of a man is washed up by the Thames and delivered to the hands of Leo Stanhope, a coroner?s assistant. He appears to have drowned, a bottle of ale in his pocket and five pennies and a farthing in his wallet. There is nothing particularly sinister about this vag...

    I can't recommend this book enough. It was an absolute pleasure to read. Such a great idea to set it in Victorian London, and the descriptions made the setting come alive. I felt I was there. Leo makes a great hero, and I am delighted to hear it is going to be a series. He was so sens...

    An atmospheric historical crime novel set in Victorian London. The protagonist is Leo Stanhope who is transgender and only a few trusted friends know. But Leo's world comes crashing down when the love of his life Maria is found dead and Leo is arrested and accused of her murder. I rea...

    A very surprising read. The Victorian setting gave this a feeling of unpredictability whilst also lending to characterisations with depth. This was a little slow to start, but I read half of it in an afternoon. Bonus points for transgender representation that is respectful of the diffi...

    I enjoyed this Victorian tale of Leo, who was born Charlotte but knows he really is a man. It's full of murder and mayhem and hopefully is the start of of a great new series. Thanks to Pigeonhole and Alex Reeve for the chance to read this book. ...

  • Nia
    Feb 19, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

    Not bad, but I wasn't hooked. ...

    'The truth is like clay: you mould it to what you want, and then it hardens.? Set in London during the 1880s, this novel is a blend of historical and crime fiction with an intriguing protagonist. Leo Stanhope works as an assistant to a London coroner. Leo is a frequent visitor to ...

    Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing, Alex Reeve, and Net Galley for the opportunity to read The House on Half Moon Street, one of the most atmospheric novels I have read, and I'm very happy to place it in my top five reads for this year. Leo Stanhope is born a girl, Charlotte, but is in...

    London, 1880. The body of a man is washed up by the Thames and delivered to the hands of Leo Stanhope, a coroner?s assistant. He appears to have drowned, a bottle of ale in his pocket and five pennies and a farthing in his wallet. There is nothing particularly sinister about this vag...

  • K.J. Charles
    Feb 03, 2019

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

  • Helga
    May 04, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

  • Tripfiction
    Feb 19, 2019

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

  • Thebooktrail
    Mar 14, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

  • Paromjit
    Apr 03, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

  • Jacob Collins
    Jan 16, 2019

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

  • Abby Slater- Fairbrother
    May 04, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

  • Elaine Tomasso
    Jan 02, 2019

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

  • Emma
    Feb 27, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

  • Leesa
    Apr 19, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

    Not bad, but I wasn't hooked. ...

    'The truth is like clay: you mould it to what you want, and then it hardens.? Set in London during the 1880s, this novel is a blend of historical and crime fiction with an intriguing protagonist. Leo Stanhope works as an assistant to a London coroner. Leo is a frequent visitor to ...

    Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing, Alex Reeve, and Net Galley for the opportunity to read The House on Half Moon Street, one of the most atmospheric novels I have read, and I'm very happy to place it in my top five reads for this year. Leo Stanhope is born a girl, Charlotte, but is in...

    London, 1880. The body of a man is washed up by the Thames and delivered to the hands of Leo Stanhope, a coroner?s assistant. He appears to have drowned, a bottle of ale in his pocket and five pennies and a farthing in his wallet. There is nothing particularly sinister about this vag...

    I can't recommend this book enough. It was an absolute pleasure to read. Such a great idea to set it in Victorian London, and the descriptions made the setting come alive. I felt I was there. Leo makes a great hero, and I am delighted to hear it is going to be a series. He was so sens...

    An atmospheric historical crime novel set in Victorian London. The protagonist is Leo Stanhope who is transgender and only a few trusted friends know. But Leo's world comes crashing down when the love of his life Maria is found dead and Leo is arrested and accused of her murder. I rea...

    A very surprising read. The Victorian setting gave this a feeling of unpredictability whilst also lending to characterisations with depth. This was a little slow to start, but I read half of it in an afternoon. Bonus points for transgender representation that is respectful of the diffi...

    I enjoyed this Victorian tale of Leo, who was born Charlotte but knows he really is a man. It's full of murder and mayhem and hopefully is the start of of a great new series. Thanks to Pigeonhole and Alex Reeve for the chance to read this book. ...

    This wouldn?t have been my usual book but the fact that it was part of Richard and Judy?s book club drew me to it. It was an OK read, interesting story but I probably wouldn?t recommend it to friends ...

    I received an uncorrected proof of House on Half Moon Street and although I don't read crime novels the plot summary was so interesting I couldn't pass up the opportunity. I was particularly interested to see how Reeve would write our protagonist, Leo and his experiences as a transgen...

  • Ash Taylor
    Jul 14, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

  • Julie Parks
    Jan 24, 2019

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

  • Martin
    Aug 25, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

  • Kathryn Curran
    Mar 04, 2019

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

    Not bad, but I wasn't hooked. ...

    'The truth is like clay: you mould it to what you want, and then it hardens.? Set in London during the 1880s, this novel is a blend of historical and crime fiction with an intriguing protagonist. Leo Stanhope works as an assistant to a London coroner. Leo is a frequent visitor to ...

    Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing, Alex Reeve, and Net Galley for the opportunity to read The House on Half Moon Street, one of the most atmospheric novels I have read, and I'm very happy to place it in my top five reads for this year. Leo Stanhope is born a girl, Charlotte, but is in...

    London, 1880. The body of a man is washed up by the Thames and delivered to the hands of Leo Stanhope, a coroner?s assistant. He appears to have drowned, a bottle of ale in his pocket and five pennies and a farthing in his wallet. There is nothing particularly sinister about this vag...

    I can't recommend this book enough. It was an absolute pleasure to read. Such a great idea to set it in Victorian London, and the descriptions made the setting come alive. I felt I was there. Leo makes a great hero, and I am delighted to hear it is going to be a series. He was so sens...

    An atmospheric historical crime novel set in Victorian London. The protagonist is Leo Stanhope who is transgender and only a few trusted friends know. But Leo's world comes crashing down when the love of his life Maria is found dead and Leo is arrested and accused of her murder. I rea...

    A very surprising read. The Victorian setting gave this a feeling of unpredictability whilst also lending to characterisations with depth. This was a little slow to start, but I read half of it in an afternoon. Bonus points for transgender representation that is respectful of the diffi...

    I enjoyed this Victorian tale of Leo, who was born Charlotte but knows he really is a man. It's full of murder and mayhem and hopefully is the start of of a great new series. Thanks to Pigeonhole and Alex Reeve for the chance to read this book. ...

    This wouldn?t have been my usual book but the fact that it was part of Richard and Judy?s book club drew me to it. It was an OK read, interesting story but I probably wouldn?t recommend it to friends ...

  • Pheadra
    May 03, 2018

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

  • Andrea Hicks
    Jan 07, 2019

    This is a thought provoking historical crime drama with Leo Stanhope, a transgender coroner's assistant, set in Victorian London. Born Charlotte Pritchard, he has 2 siblings, and feels an absolute conviction he is a man, cruelly made to live within the body of a woman, he leaves home a...

    "We blunder about in the worlds we make for ourselves. Who can ever truly understand what's going on in someone else's head?" The story of The House on Half Moon Street is set in London in the 1880-s. Leo Stanhope is an assistant coroner who is in love with Maria, a prostitute in Ha...

    This was so atmospheric and creepy and before I even realized it was already midnight and I was half finished, thinking what the hell am I reading. I've read a lot of crime fiction but this is something absolutely mind-blowingly different. Just when you think there isn't anything origi...

    Really not sure how I felt about this. It's a well written Victorian murder mystery with a trans man who works in a hospital morgue investigating the death of his prostitute lover. The period feel is really well done as is the sense of a Victorian world we don't often see, with the gen...

    The main reason I wanted to read this novel was the protagonist, Leo, a man that was born in a woman's body. I mean how often do you encounter a transgender protagonist in historical fiction: not that often. I have read books where a woman dresses like a man to achieve an objective, bu...

    The House On Half Moon Street was an atmospheric and emotive read ? which is all about, really, it?s central character Leo, transgender, living in a time where the only way to live the truth is by living a lie? Alex Reeve captures the sense of a gritty, Victorian London with a...

    5* Historical novel set in 1880's LONDON It is a miserably cold January day in 1880 and the body of a young man, pulled out of the Thames, is laid out on the coroner?s table. Leo Stanhope, our first-person narrator, assists the coroner in his investigation into the cause of...

    First of all, I'd like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. The House on Half Moon Street has three fundamental sides to it: it's a crime novel, a historical novel, and a character study of its protagonist L...

    Really enjoyable and at times quite intense portrayal of life in London in the 1880s for poor women and for those who challenge Victorian conceptions of sexuality and gender identity. Leo is a wonderful hero with the weight of the world on his shoulders. I'm really pleased to hear that...

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Raven Books for a review copy of The House on Half Moon Street, the first novel to feature Leo Stanhope, set in Victorian London. Leo is happy, in love with Maria and working in the mortuary at Westminster Infirmary, but all is not as it seems bec...

    This is a unique spin on historical fiction! The main character is transgender which I?d never come across before in this type of novel and it was a very unique way of telling a story. The entire novel felt different and more dangerous as the world certainly was back then - for trans...

    This review contains spoilers and a mention of rape A surgeon?s assistant in the morgue, Leo?s life is turned on its head when the woman he loves is murdered. Determined to find her killer while keeping his identity a secret, he ventures into a world of lying, cheating, and wh...

    The House On Half Moon Street is a debut novel and #1 in the Leo Stanhope series. This series is set in Victorian London 1880. What makes this historical crime fiction novel so unique, is that Leo was born female. Now, this is not to be confused with Leo masquerading as a male in-order...

    This is a highly entertaining and thought provoking debut from Alex Reeve. Set in London in 1880, it features Leo, a young man embroiled in a murder mystery when his lover is found washed up on the shores of the Thames. The thing that sets this book apart from many other historical mys...

    I must admit that when I started reading this book I didn?t think it was going to be one I was going to enjoy, and I did initially struggle to get into the story. But I did find Alex Reeve?s writing to be wonderfully immersive and as I got to know the characters, especially our pro...

    I've always loved historical crime thrillers, since I get bored with detective efforts relying on modern forensics. Where's some good old-fashioned detective work? Alex Reeve's The House on Half Moon Street runs with this concept, made more interesting by the fact our intrepid hero, Le...

    Set in the 1800s in London, debut author Alex Reeve transports the reader through main character Leo (born Charlotte), a woman in the disguise of a man. Naive and vulnerable, Leo falls in love with a prostitute, Maria, with whom Leo has had a two-year relationship, meeting every fortni...

    I love a sad crime book. No easy answers or happy endings here. Also the protagonist is a trans man (and it doesn?t feel like tokenism, the issues he would face and struggle with are explored). Looking forward to the next in the series. ...

    2.5 stars. Very slow in pace and was not compelling to read. I didn't care about the characters and the plot was weak. ...

    2.5 stars. This is a difficult book to review. There were things I liked and things I didn't. I picked it up as the description of a mystery story with a trans protagonist sounded interesting, but both the mystery and the character disappointed at different times. It dragged in bits an...

    Not bad, but I wasn't hooked. ...

    'The truth is like clay: you mould it to what you want, and then it hardens.? Set in London during the 1880s, this novel is a blend of historical and crime fiction with an intriguing protagonist. Leo Stanhope works as an assistant to a London coroner. Leo is a frequent visitor to ...

    Thank you to Bloomsbury Publishing, Alex Reeve, and Net Galley for the opportunity to read The House on Half Moon Street, one of the most atmospheric novels I have read, and I'm very happy to place it in my top five reads for this year. Leo Stanhope is born a girl, Charlotte, but is in...