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A Sally Lockhart Mystery: The Shadow in the North: Book Two (Sally Lockhart Mysteries) [Audiobook] [Audio Cassette]

Philip Pullman , Anton Lesser
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Nov 2004 Sally Lockhart Mysteries
The year is 1878, and Sally Lockhart has started her own financial consulting business. When a client loses a fortune in the unexpected collapse of a British shipping firm, Sally is determined to find out why. But as she comes closer to learning the identity of the firm's elusive owner, she discovers that her questions are far from simple --and that the answers could cost her her life.

"Fraud, fire, and bloody murder pursue Sally Lockhart in a fine sequel to The Ruby in the Smoke. Sally, now 22, is in business as a financial consultant. When she and her friends challenge corrupt financial interests, they find themselves in a web of intrigue that stretches from fetid slums of the poor to the corporate offices of the richest man in Europe. Sally's detective work reveals the connections between corrupt power and broken lives. The action is fast, scenes are tight and dramatic, the language is vivid, and the wealth of minor characters are sharply individualized. An immensely entertaining thriller."--(starred) Booklist. Reading level: 6.7.  


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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Listening Library; Unabridged edition (Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400089700
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400089703
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 10.2 x 6.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)

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Any book by Philip Pullman, award-winning author of Northern Lights, The Subtle Knife and The Amber Spyglass, is guaranteed to be a corker and The Shadow in the North is no exception.

Set against the backdrop of a veiled and misty Victorian underworld, the story of Sally Lockhart-- female entrepreneur and expert financial advisor--and her allies Jim and Fred, begins to unfold as news of the disappearance of the steamship Ingrid Linde reaches the ears of the intrepid trio.

As they investigate the loss, they are unwittingly drawn into a dark and sinister plot fuelled by the business dealings of the cruel and heartless Bellman. As their investigations continue, strange and supernatural forces intercede, leading them deeper into the menacing back streets of Victorian London and taking them on a journey into the very heart of true evil.

Few authors spin such a cracking yarn as Pullman and The Shadow of the North, a complex story with seemingly endless and breathless twists, turns and cliffhangers, is one of his best. An intelligent, explosive, superbly written yarn that will mesmerise older readers. (Ages 11 and over) --Susan Harrison --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


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71 of 77 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great Adventure Story 31 Aug 2001
By J. Mann VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
After reading Pullman's "His Dark Materials" trilogy I decided this summer to read Pullman's four books about Sally Lockhart set in Victorian England and I'm glad I did. The books are an excellent read, and Pullman has enough changes in each book to stop them becoming repetitive.
This is the second book of the four, in which Sally, Jim and the rest of the group encounter big business and the arms trade, and battle to stop a sinister weapon being built in northern England. There are real surprises and shocks in this gripping story.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Paperback
Another astounding book by Philip Pullman. His way of capturing his audience is extraordinary. The book, as his others, is quite complicated - but without knowing it, you follow everything. This book carries on from the trilogy starting with,'The Ruby in the Smoke' It stars a young defiant lady called Sally Lockhart who, in the last book, joined up with Frederick Garland, a good natured photographer. He stars in this book along with a number of familiar characters from the first book.In their spare time, they are detectives - this sounds very tacky and unoriginal but in this story it is extremely realistic. The story is set in London in the late 1800s. It is excellent and leaves you in tears at places. I highly reccomend it to any children aged between 12-15.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Triumph 18 Mar 2001
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I loved this book. Full of Mystery, deceit, romance, tragedy (very, very sad), and fear. The story really begins with Sally as a financial consultant in Victorian London, one of her clients loses a lot of money. Somehow it all gets mixed up with Frederick Garland, a photographer, and a seance and Jim Taylor and a magician. It also includes "bell man" and some other suspicious characters. Romance and Tragedy help this book come alive. It shows the darker side of Victorians and what people will do for power. It also shows what people will do when murders have been commited and revenge is the only thing left. A climatic ending with peace once again being restored but with a few surprises on the end and a lot of irony. Must read for Pullman fans.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Read 25 Mar 2006
By Livvy H
Format:Paperback
Sally Lockhart- now older and maturer, and a rare woman Financal Advisor, discovers 3000 has gone missing from one of her customers. She sets out to get this 3000 back, no matter what it takes, and finds herself caught up in a case of unimaginable evil. Her friends- Frederick Garland, who she met in the previous book, and Jim, again from the previous book, have started up a detective business and help her out, meeting a suspicious Conjuror, who seems to be on the run from some shifty characters. As the story unfolds, they meet more intriguing characters, and discover more and more about the evil behind it all.
A beautifully written book- my favourite of the first three, for it's powerful story and emotional ending.
I recommend it to teenagers and adults.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Far too good to be left for the children! 11 Aug 2007
By S. Bailey VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
This is the second in Pullman's Sally Lockhart trilogy, the sequel to The Ruby in the Smoke. I made the mistake of reading this one first; each of the books contains big spoilers for the previous one, so I strongly recommend they are read in order.

This is another absolute masterpiece from Pullman, but rather darker than its predecessor. The Ruby in the Smoke talked about greed, desire and stupidity; The Shadow in the North addresses the question of evil face on.

Sally has begun to make a name for herself in business, an incredible achievement for a Victorian woman, and to drag Frederick Garland's photography company back from chaos and near-bankruptcy. A seemingly innocent enquiry by a client about a sunken ship and an apparently genuine clairvoyant leads Sally, Fred and Jim off on another trail of deceit and trechery, leading across Europe, and into the very heart of the British government.

If The Ruby in the Smoke was Pullman's homage to Conan Doyle, this one has a lot more of the Wilkie Collins about it. The plot is just beautiful: neatly complex and tight, twisting and with a sting in its tail that has reduced me to tears both times I've read it. There is a sense of justice and moral certitude in his writing that is deeply satisfying. If there is really a better storyteller than Pullman in England right now, I don't know about them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars My favourite Sally Lockhart book! 11 Jan 2004
Format:Paperback
This is the second book in the Sally Lockhart series. I suggest you read the first one, 'The Ruby in the Smoke' first, or you won't understand some of it. This is my favourite of the four, and when you read it you'll know why.
PS: I dare you not to cry and laugh at the same time at the end!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars pure briliance 23 Jun 2005
By Miss M
Format:Paperback
what can i say? Phillip Pullman is without a doubt the worlds most amazing writer, and nothing short of genius. The shadow in the north plunges you into the dark and mysterious depths of victorian london, taking you on a journey through murder and crime solving, with every other emotion along the way, including a beautiful romance. Evry sentence has you captivated. once you've started reading this book, and the other three for that matter, you cant put it down, so make sure you got plenty of time so you wont be interrupted. Pullman has that rare ability to convey all types of emotions in a beautiful as well as subtle way that never ceases to amaze me. i have read al the books in this series at least 3 times each, and will continue to read them, il never get bored. What I particulary like about this story is the intense attraction between sally and fred, and i think pullman conveys it beautiful. This book has the power to make you both laugh and cry, and left me feelin empty at the death of one of the characters (not telling who). well i could continue to ramble on for several pages but all il say is please read this book, and te other three as well and open your minds to the amazing world of sally lockhart. believe me youll never feel the same about books gain, nothing compares. Pullman, you rock! i hope i may some day have the honour of meeting you. thnx for reading, hope it helped
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good
Arrived exactly as advertised. I love the covers on this set, as I used to own three different ones but lent them to other people and never got them back, so I bought the set... Read more
Published 7 months ago by socks
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great Pullman Book
As usual Philip Pullman's work delivers a well crafted story with interesting twists and turns together with some fascinating and well researched historical background.
Published 7 months ago by JS
5.0 out of 5 stars A classic for all ages
I loved this story narrated by the master. Well worth a read the heroine of course makes gook from a very difficult start.
Published 10 months ago by Luck on the brightside
4.0 out of 5 stars My favourite of the Sally Lockhart mysteries
It is 1878 and Sally Lockhart is now working as a financial consultant. One of her clients comes to her after the ship she has invested in goes down and Sally feels responsible,... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jo Bennie
5.0 out of 5 stars very good
the book is awsome and i liked it very very much. i am very keen on this type of books.
Published 19 months ago by Costea Victoria
5.0 out of 5 stars Casts a Long Shadow- and Kicks When He's Down
This is a fabulous read.
Pure and simple Philip Pullman writes wonderful books with wonderful plots. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Glenn Cook
5.0 out of 5 stars The best book of the collection
Don't get me wrong, the third book is pretty amazing too but this one is the greatest one. I loved how it gave me feelings strong enough as a book but not too strong to affect me. Read more
Published 23 months ago by nemesis
4.0 out of 5 stars good continuation of the series
The Shadow in the North

A good follow up to The Ruby in the Smoke, with some shocking deaths and other scenes, though I didn't find this quite as gripping as its... Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2012 by John Hopper
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking read
This, the second book in the Sally Lockhart Mystery series is available on DVD also. The two make excellent companions. Go ahead and read:)
Published on 27 Jun 2010 by Mary
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Second in the Sally Lockhart series set in Victorian England - a modern take on crime in Dicckensian era. Read more
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