When one of Sally’s clients loses a large sum of money in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally sets out to investigate. But as she delves deeper into the identity of a wealthy and elusive industrialist, she uncovers a plot so diabolical, it could subvert the entire civilized world.
Beth says 4.5 Stars...
I've been a fan of Philip Pullman since I read the astounding His Dark Materials trilogy. I picked up the first of the Sally Lockhart mysteries years ago and just never got any farther. That's my mistake because I inadvertently missed this delightful little book. Pullman is a master of connecting complex plot threads without dropping any of them. There are two mysteries that at first appear only tangentially related, but that intertwine in unexpected ways revealed throughout the book. The story weaves in and out of performance halls, back alleys, and estates without losing its flow. I got so excited because this book (finally) has excellent pacing when it comes to the central mystery! The language is designed to take you back in time which might be a distraction to some readers. It occasionally feels stilted, but is rather brilliant in general.
Sally is flat out awesome. I like my heroines fierce and feisty and she fits the bill. However, what's so admirable is her struggle for independence on her own terms in a society that thinks her sex renders her useless. Running a financial consulting agency might not sound thrilling, but juxtaposing it with the action of detective work adds depth to the book. She also knows her limits and will admit when she needs help or isn't good at something rather than forcing her way through. Fred and Jim are delightful as male leads. The tension between Fred and Sally brings forth a nice little spark that ensures the relationships aren't overly light. The characters behave like real people and all have some lovely three-dimensonality. I do have to warn about the end because I didn't expect it at all and then some serious feelings happened.
If you have a historical mystery itch, then this will scratch it perfectly. I would recommend reading the first book before picking this one up, but it isn't a necessity. For some adventure and mystery with a dash of romance befriend Sally Lockhart and go back in time. You won't regret it.
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Here is our rating system: One Star - Use as doorstop Two Stars - Bearable while on pain medication Three Stars - Read once, do not repeat Four Stars - Definitely keep it on your shelf Five Stars - Use as altar
So we've decided to join the challenge! This is just a preliminary list, and is definitely subject to change (we'll be doing a lot of adding as books begin to be released in order to get to the 12 we need!). Also, this is no order whatsoever. (if the book is in a color, it means one of us has read it!)
1. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal
2. Human.4 by Mike Lancaster
3. Like Madarin by Kirsten Hubbard
4. The Emerald Atlas by John Stevens
5. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford
6. Angelfire by Courtney Allison Moulton
7. Hourglass by Myra McEntire
8. Never Sit Down in a Hoopskirt and Other Things I Learned in Southern Belle Hell by Crickett Rumley
9. Wither by Lauren DeStefano
10. Entwined by Heather Dixon
11. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney
12. Possession by Elana Johnson
Fantasy Reading Challenge
1. Beautiful Darkness by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl 2. The False Princess by Eilis O'Neal 3. Low Red Moon by Ivy Devlin 4. Sapphique by Catherine Fisher 5. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins 6. Glimmerglass by Jenna Black 7. Tortall and Other Lands by Tamora Pierce 8. Entice by Carrie Jones 9. Hourglass by Myra McEntire 10. Wither by Lauren DeStefano 11. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr 12. Shadowspell by Jenna Black 13. Matched by Ally Condie 14. City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Claire 15. Entwined by Heather Dixon 16. The Iron Witch by Karen Mahoney 17. Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst 18. The Dark and Hollow Places by Carrie Ryan 19. Possession by Elana Johnson 20. A Touch Mortal by Leah Clifford 21. So Silver Bright by Lisa Manchev
Welcome to "in BetweeN the pages." This is a little project that we've started and we hope that it will allow us to engage in some lovely book talk. Here's a little about us-
Beth~ I have a feeling that I may have a problem. I adore books. I read whenever I can, and most of the time feel that reading a good book would be a much better use of my time than working on anything else. I'm a recent college graduate with a degree in chemistry and love science! I'm currently living in Finland while doing some research as a Fulbright before embarking on my PhD. Hopefully you will enjoy what I say... but I tend to ramble.
Nathan~ For me, reading is the ultimate escape. A good book is so much better than any therapist can ever be. I am, what many might call, a book addict. It may be wrong, but it feels so right to blow off my homework and sit curled up with a novel. It's the ultimate relaxation. Books have gotten me through school and all the drama that accompanies it. I hope that my humble opinions can help you as you continue your literary adventure.