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The Second Glass of Absinthe: A Mystery of the Victorian West [Mass Market Paperback]

Michelle Black

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1 edition (3 Aug 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765347563
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765347565
  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 10.2 x 17.8 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,921,845 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed-genre Victorian Mystery Novel 14 Mar 2012
By tvtv3 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Set in the city of Leadville, Colorado in 1880, THE SECOND GLASS OF ABSINTHE revolves around Kit Randall, a young man who becomes the lover of Lucinda Ridenour, the widowed owner of the Eye Dazzler mine, the richest mine in the region. Randall thinks he's on top of the world until he wakens from a absinthe-induced stupor and believes Lucinda had involved him in unmentionable acts of sodomy and incest. Enraged, he leaves her home. However, a few days later, Lucinda is found brutally murdered and Kit becomes the prime suspect. It's left up to Kit's uncle, Brad Randall, and his fiancé, Eden Murdoch, to uncover who really killed Lucinda and what's really going on.

THE SECOND GLASS OF ABSINTHE is a book that really can't be pigeon-holed into one genre. The book is a murder-mystery-Western-romance. It freely uses and mixes those devices into a Victorian novel with a steam-punk vibe (minus the gadgets).

I enjoyed the way that THE SECOND GLASS OF ABSINTHE is written and I liked most of the characters. However, I didn't enjoy the story and felt that the occult-themes were out of place in the novel. The book mixes science with the occult, which, like an actual second glass of absinthe doesn't go down well and leaves one feeling queasy.

Overall, THE SECOND GLASS OF ABSINTHE isn't a terrible novel. It has some exciting elements and interesting characters. The mixture of genres makes the novel feel fresh and original. However, the combination of science and the occult feels out of place and leads to a rather abrupt conclusion.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A little over-done 11 April 2007
By Smeddley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
While the book kept me reading (I did finish it in one sitting) I have to say most of it was fairly anticlimactic. It seemed like there were a lot of social issues raised, then glossed over. I'm not sure if it was the author's intent to make a point of them, or not. The crime almost seemed to take a backseat, and the way it was "solved..." The occult actually played a part, and I prefer my detective work based in solid science (hence the reason I don't watch CSI). I didn't particularly like most of the characters - it seemed they were a little too "odd" on purpose. Character quirks are one thing, but taken to the extreme they simply overwhelm the characters and are detrimental to the storyline. Over all, not a book I would recommend, though not the worst I've read, either.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Book 29 July 2012
By Marian Hoffman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I thought it was a good book. Great read for long airplane journeys. Not too complicated. Wish I had read Uncommon Enemy first. I did go on to Solomon Spring. It was a nice little series that I took on a trip.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting amateur sleuth tale 2 Sep 2003
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
In 1880 Leadville, Colorado is booming thanks to the vein of silver being taken out of the Eye Dazzler Mine. Lucinda Ridenour, the owner of the mine, is keeping her young lover in luxurious style indulging in all kinds of debauched pleasures including drugs and the strong liquor absinthe. The last night Kit Randall spends in his lover's home, he has some hallucinations that scare him because he thinks they may be based in reality.
A spiteful Lucinda claims that he stole some items from her before leaving but he is able to talk the police out of arresting him. When his Uncle Brad and his fiancé come to town, they help him hide from the law when Lucinda is murdered. When Brad returns to Washington DC, Eden stays behind to find a way of clearing his name, even if that means figuring out who the real killer is.
THE SECOND GLASS OF ABSINTHE is an exciting amateur sleuth tale that will appeal to fans of romances and westerns as much and those who love historical mysteries will value the tale. Michelle Black is a gifted storyteller whose stark prose and compelling characters draw the reader into the heart of the story line. The mystery is well constructed and there is a plethora of suspects who had every reason to see the widow dead including her own son. Characters from other works of Michelle Black make an appearance giving the audience a feeling of continuity.
Harriet Klausner
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars received as a Goodreads Giveaway 12 Feb 2011
By R. Stemm - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A mystery set in the Victorian west- intriguing, isn't it? A local mine owner known best for her ability to start a scandal is found dead, and the chief suspect her former boy toy, with whom she'd recently quarreled. The town is on the edge of strike, and tensions run high.

A great start to a mystery, and it had a lot of potential to live up to.

However, it never quite made it all the way. The characters developed- but only just enough to not be entirely one-dimensional. A great deal of plot exposition was done entirely in dialogue: rather than showing us what was going on around the town, we would hear one of the few central characters talking about it. In addition, there was some backstory that felt incredibly disconnected from the rest of the story. If it had been dropped entirely, nothing else would have needed to change.

I'm glad to have read it, but I really feel that the book could have used another round of editing before seeing publication.
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