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The Mangle Street Murders (The Gower Street Detective Series) Hardcover – 7 Nov 2013


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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (7 Nov. 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1781851840
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781851845
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.9 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (290 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'One of the most delightful and original new novels of the year, this is the first in a series that could well become a cult. Grice and Middleton promise to become a positive treat. Catch them now' Daily Mail.

'Kasasian's sparkling debut introduces a memorable new detective duo.' Publishers Weekly.

'Funny, fresh and sharply plotted... starring a detective duo to rival Holmes and Watson.' Goodreads.

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Funny, fresh and sharply plotted Victorian crime series starring Sidney Grice, of 125 Gower Street, London's premier personal detective.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Smalllaura on 29 Nov. 2013
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In this gripping new novel, celebrated personal (not private!) detective Sidney Grice tackles a mysterious and gruesome murder case. We follow his exploits from the perspective of his ward, the feisty and forthright March Middleton - a wonderful and refreshing sort of heroine, and a woman with an intriguing past - and accompany the unlikely duo as they sleuth and bicker their way through Victorian London. Packed with vivid and memorable characters and witty dialogue, this is a fast-paced story that I found difficult to put down. At times both harrowing (Kasasian pulls no punches in bringing the grim deprivation of the slums to life) and hilarious, it's a gem of a book and I was as disappointed at finishing it as I was relieved to see that the second in the Gower Street series is due for publication soon.
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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By Alice Brown on 15 Nov. 2013
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Don't pick this up unless you have time to finish it! Having recently read a few detective stories set in the present day, I fancied a change of scenery and this was perfect. Witty, fresh writing and a plot that moves along swiftly; lead characters that you want to read more about; a murder mystery that keeps you guessing - to use a cliche, I couldn't put it down! MRC Kasasian has created a detective with more than a few flaws (arrogant, snobbish, drinks tea without milk...) but the clever narration makes the reader still want him to succeed. The dry humour is never at the expense of the story; it is great to find a detective story that is neither farcical nor deathly serious. I'm thoroughly looking forward to the next book in the series - any chance of it coming out a bit sooner, please?
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By CeeCeeBee TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 31 Dec. 2013
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I enjoyed the literary joke, that the main character, personal detective Sidney Grice is the inspiration for Conan Doyle's Holmes. I enjoyed the mystery but even more so the banter between the characters. March Middleton makes a feisty heroine who has to put up with a fair bit of cheek - too plain and too clever to make a good wife! If you like Elementary (tv), Ripper Street and of course Sherlock, then give this a try. Will read the sequel when it appears.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Society Nineteen on 14 Nov. 2013
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M.R.C. Kasasian's debut novel is really excellent: a great read for anyone who likes detective "duos," Victorian mysteries, comic dialogue or just plain good writing. Clever and fast-paced, with richly imagined characters and a well-constructed plot, it combines the rollicking energy of the "penny dreadfuls" with depth, poignancy and a bit of meta-fictional modernism. Kasasian's main creations--eccentric detective Sidney Grice and his equally clever, equally unconventional goddaughter March Middleton--are tremendously fun to read; the constant shifts in their balance of power and their intriguing backstories promise many a satisfying series installment. Can't recommend this one highly enough!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keen Reader TOP 50 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2014
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“‘I am always a reasonable man,’ he said. ‘Unfair, unkind and rude, I grant you, but my powers of reasoning have never failed me yet.’”

This is the first book by M R C Kasasian I have read, and I am only sorry that it has taken me this long to find this author. This was a fantastic Victorian murder mystery; there is everything that could possibly be desired to be found in this story – murder, intrigue, humour and wit, despair, deprivation, greed. The characters are wonderfully drawn and are utterly human. Sidney Grice is a delight – cantankerous, driven by his work, woefully short of social skills. March Middleton is a feisty young woman who gives as good as she gets when men disrespect her femininity or her intelligence. Inspector Pound, the gritty but rather downtrodden police inspector who just wants a quiet life, and mutters asides about Grice and his behaviour. And Molly, the rather dim but delightful maid who puts up with Grice and has an endless talent for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.

All these very human characters, living in Victorian London find themselves caught up in mysteries which are cleverly and skilfully teased out for the reader. I found myself delighting in the characters at the same time I was trying to work out the mysteries that abounded. Utterly engaging and totally delightful, I look forward to many more Gower St Detective books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gizzimomo Wilson on 11 Jan. 2014
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I found this book to be a breath of fresh air in a genre that is often rather serious and pretty gory. This is not necessarily the sort of book I might choose for myself but I am very glad that Head Of Zeus gave me the opportunity to read this book as if I had given it a miss I would have missed a real treat of a book (and my friend Jo would have never have read about the book on my blog, she'd have never have bought it for herself and wouldn't have had the chance to enjoy it either!).

What drew me to The Mangle Street Murders first was the rather attractive red cover, a very striking front cover giving the facade of a Victorian London townhouse with silhouettes of a man and a women who you presume to be the two lead characters. The cover gives a great first impression of the book (and the sequel has an equally attractive cover too but in blue this time - see the end of the post for details).

The second thing that drew me in was the write up for the book - the blurb. It made it very clear that this would be a historical piece, and I am a sucker for anything remotely historical relating to the UK, particularly England. At this point the fact that the book was a crime book didn't really matter as I have read other crime books with a genre background and really enjoyed them (I'm talking mainly about the Peter Grant novels by Ben Aaronovitch, about a modern day policeman who can do magic and fights monsters!).

This books has not let me down in any way, it was everything I expected, EVERYTHING!

The book centres around Sidney Grice, a famous private 'personal' detective (never call Grice a 'private' detective) and his new ward March Middleton.
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