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L M Jackson
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5 Mar 2009 Sarah Tanner (Book 2)

The second mystery for lady detective Sarah Tanner in L. M. Jackson's gripping series set in 1850s London.

A desperate plea from her former lover, the aristocrat Arthur DeSalle, turns Sarah Tanner's quiet life upside down.

Arthur needs Sarah's help. Suspicious of the hold that Dr Stead, renowned practitioner of the strange art of mesmerism, has gained on his aging parents, he hope to expose him as a fraud.

But Mrs Tanner is troubled closer to home by a series of increasingly violent confrontations with a gang of Lambeth youths intent, it seems, on putting her out of business. What is their interest in her humble Dining and Coffee Rooms? And what is the closely guarded secret which connects the sinister doctor to the young thugs, and threatens to destroy a family's honour?

Her very life at stake, her loyalty tested, Sarah Tanner sets out on a trail of murder and deceit, which stretches from the alleys of Leather Lane to the drawing-rooms of Mayfair...

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Arrow (5 Mar 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099498421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099498421
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 761,289 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Very enjoyable and impressively researched" (D. J. Taylor)

"L. M. Jackson is deft with his dovetailing, and it is a pleasure to follow Sarah Tanner as she outfoxes the villains." (The Telegraph)

"Watch out Mma Ramotswe, there's a new number one lady detective on the scene - the glorious Sarah Tanner - in a book that's as thick with Victorian atmosphere as a London Particular" (Gilda O'Neill)

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'Evokes the colour and danger of Victorian London with a master's touch ... an exhilarating experience' Daily Express

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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cracking good read! 20 Jun 2008
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`The Mesmerist's Apprentice' is the sixth Victorian Murder Mystery by Lee Jackson, now known as L M Jackson, and one can see how his skills and characters have developed (although I still have a particular fondness for his first book, `London Dust').

The first point to be noted is that Lee knows his subject; his books are placed in a real world with real people, real locations and accurate backgrounds, clothing, food and transport. Not for him the somewhat Gothic or whimsical world of writers like Charles Dickens, here we have reality. Anyone who knows London can trace his characters movements through streets that were and, in many cases, still are. In fact, Lee as an academic is the author of `A Dictionary of Victorian London: An A-Z of the Great Metropolis,' which is the textual version of his website mentioned below.

The second point is that Lee is fast becoming a consummate artist at the twist in the plot; the sudden realisation that overturns all we have started to imagine or assume. It is a treat to read his books knowing that your assumptions WILL be overturned and wondering how it will be achieved. Excellent!

I recommend all of Lee's books to those who are fascinated by the realities of Victorian London (see Lee's website and enjoy a good murder mystery with surprising twists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Victorian Page Turner! 27 Jun 2008
Following on from "A Most Dangerous Woman", Lee Jackson (LM Jackson) delivers again with his fantastical second outing featuring the wonderful Sarah Tanner and her many disguises. Lovely to see all the characters from the first book, and as a reader you get to know much more about them in this follow up.
Sarah Tanner is a fesity lady who seems to attract trouble wherever she goes and gets into many a tight spot!
I would thoroughly recommend this book, but please do read "A Most Dangerous Woman" first.
Lee Jackson captures perfectly the ambience of Victorian London, and I can guarantee this will be unputdownable. Thrown in are a few twists and turns to keep you the reader hooked!
If you like these books, the Decimus Webb series by the same author are just as engrossing as the Sarah Tanner series. Can't wait for the next one!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars More please 6 July 2013
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Enjoyable read just as the first one in the series. I checked if there was a third one ... not yet (hope). I really liked the pace and the plot; lost of action and everybody deserves what they get. It's descriptive and it was interesting how the characters developed from the previous story. I highly recommend it also for the prose; it is very well written.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Worse book ever!! 24 Aug 2009
Let me start by saying I only read this book because it was the choice in my book/reading group and I really didn't like the look of it. I should have trusted my instinct and made my excuses the next month but, no, I did it properly, I read it. It is probably the worst book I have ever had the misfortune to read, it is badly written and boring beyond belief. I consider time to be a precious commodity and I am annoyed that I wasted so much of mine on such mindless drivel. I have only given it a star because I absolutely have to.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another good one by L.M. Jackson 26 Aug 2008
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I have read all of L.M. (Lee) Jackson's books, fiction as well as nonfiction. His mysteries never fail to cast an authentic spell, reproducing Victorian London in all its grandeur and ugliness. The Mesmerist's Apprentice is the second in Jackson's newest series. Sarah Tanner, the central character, is a most attractive heroine. Clever and independent, she has little in the way of resources other than her wits, but she is a survivor and her wits prove to be enough. In this book, her inquisitive nature and loyalty to friends in need take her into the shadowy world of 19th century spiritualism and the occult. For those who enjoy a lively read, I highly recommend!
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating trip to Victorian London 28 Oct 2011
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I actually had the pleasure of reading this novel while I was in London! This is a well-written, gripping novel about Victorian London. Loaded with details which create a backdrop of the darker side of Victorian London, this well-plotted novel follows Sarah Tanner, beautiful tea shop owner and former mistress of recently wed Arthur DeSalle, an elite member of society. The two become embroiled in a complex battle with murderous thugs and a crafty and unscrupulous doctor who promises relief from pain and disease through mesmerism.

This fast-paced complex novel should be pure joy for anyone who enjoys period mysteries.
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