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  • Paperback: 516 pages
  • Publisher: ReadHowYouWant; Large Print 16 pt edition (28 Dec. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145873966X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1458739667
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 3 x 25.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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S. K. Rizzolo's ""The Rose in the Wheel"" is a wonderful historical mystery. She brings to life the seamy side of London in the time of the Napoleonic wars, with fascinating characters a gritty setting and surprising plot twists. Penelope Wolfe is a woman of her own time, coping with problems that women of all times must face. I felt an immediate kinship with her. Each of the other characters is distinct. Even people passing in the street become individuals in Rizzolo's skillful telling.""The Rose in the Wheel"" is an excellent beginning to what I hope will be a long series. I can't wait for the next.--Sharan Newman, author of the Catherine LeVendeur mysteries --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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London, November 1811
The clatter of wheels broke the stillness. Two horses strained in harness, nostrils flaring, breath steaming in the night air. Wrapped in a greatcoat and low-crowned hat, the driver rode hunched over, face hidden by his scarf. A gloved hand cracked the whip. Faster.
The woman lying in the road seemed unaware of her peril. She kept her eyes fixed on the church rising against the night sky. As the mists parted, the rose window emerged, a circle of textured shadow patiently awaiting the sun's fire.

The horses reared, and... --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on 12 Aug. 2004
Format: Paperback
I do wish I could give this book 4½ stars, which is what it really deserves. 4 just isn't enough, but 5 is a tad too much. I'd settle for 4¾, even, but since I can't do that, then it'll have to be just plain 4 with a star attached or something.
The first 260 pages of this 322 page story were enthralling. Ms. Rizzolo has really done her homework, and captured the Regency era wonderfully well. The characters are believable and match the general excellence of the plot. So, what's my quibble, you ask?
The two incidents delineated in pages 260 to 268 are a gimmick, I think. Or at least a let-down compared to the general high quality of the rest of the book. Perhaps the author needed help in getting the resolution of the mystery to her main characters, but to me, having them dream the results nearly simultaneously just didn't quite get it. I felt somewhat cheated. But then, after that lapse, she picks up again, and continues forward in a hair-raising sort of chase scene and damsel-in-distress conclusion that make wonderful sense, and demonstrate very well her considerable writing skills.
It does seem rather strange to have one heroine and two heroes, but at least they're consistent to their era and themselves. Mrs. Penelope Wolfe is estranged from her painter husband, and cares for their three-year-old daughter on her own. Intelligent, educated, curious--she's a wonderful foil for the quiet, somewhat enigmatic young Barrister, Edward Buckler. Behind the both of them is the Bow Street Runner, John Chase, who sees beyond the normal range of human failings to get to the bottom of the various crimes he encounters in London.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Much better than four stars, really! 8 Jun. 2002
By kellytwo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I do wish I could give this book 4½ stars, which is what it really deserves. 4 just isn't enough, but 5 is a tad too much. I'd settle for 4¾, even, but since I can't do that, then it'll have to be just plain 4 with a star attached or something.
The first 260 pages of this 322 page story were enthralling. Ms. Rizzolo has really done her homework, and captured the Regency era wonderfully well. The characters are believable and match the general excellence of the plot. So, what's my quibble, you ask?
The two incidents delineated in pages 260 to 268 are a gimmick, I think. Or at least a let-down compared to the general high quality of the rest of the book. Perhaps the author needed help in getting the resolution of the mystery to her main characters, but to me, having them dream the results nearly simultaneously just didn't quite get it. I felt somewhat cheated. But then, after that lapse, she picks up again, and continues forward in a hair-raising sort of chase scene and damsel-in-distress conclusion that make wonderful sense, and demonstrate very well her considerable writing skills.
It does seem rather strange to have one heroine and two heroes, but at least they're consistent to their era and themselves. Mrs. Penelope Wolfe is estranged from her painter husband, and cares for their three-year-old daughter on her own. Intelligent, educated, curious--she's a wonderful foil for the quiet, somewhat enigmatic young Barrister, Edward Buckler. Behind the both of them is the Bow Street Runner, John Chase, who sees beyond the normal range of human failings to get to the bottom of the various crimes he encounters in London.
The crime in this first book of a welcome new series is the murder of Constance Tyrone, a young woman of good family, somewhat wealthy in her own right, fiercely independent and the founder of the St. Catherine Society, dedicated to helping women who would otherwise fall afoul of the law and/or society. Why was this young woman killed outside her office? When was she killed? These questions are almost more important to Chase than the identity of the one who did it. Eventually, however, he gets it all right, even if the solution did come to him in a dream.
Atmospheric in setting, meticulous in detail, I would happily recommend this book to any reader who enjoys history or mystery or historical mysteries. Excellent reading on all counts!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I especially enjoy the way the lives of English women of the ... 25 Oct. 2014
By Choosy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Writing fiction set in the past imposes limitations on the writer, especially if one cares enough to do right by the nuances of social class and mores of the time. Rizzolo has done her homework and more, creating intriguing characters worthy of the series she's developed. I especially enjoy the way the lives of English women of the early 19th century are depicted.
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I love a historical novelist who does her homework! 14 Sept. 2014
By H. Bok - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful historical mystery, by a writer I hadn’t previously heard about. London ca. 1811 is evoked in vivid and accurate detail; you can smell the dirty fog, feel the press of humanity, hear the sounds of carriage wheels and street vendors. The characters in the story are also sharply drawn and feel like real people, not types. There are hints that it could be a series--possibilities for future relationships that are touched on lightly--so I can hope for more! The plot is absorbing, the red herrings deceptive. I was really carried away into a different world that held my interest throughout.

Some reviewers have criticized a surprising turn that the story takes near the end (the dreams/visions--I won’t say more); I was not at all troubled by those. This development seemed perfectly natural to me: the character in question had all the facts he needed but was too exhausted to put them together. His subconscious was ready, but his conscious mind too distracted and overwhelmed to do it. A narrator in 1811 wouldn’t talk about the subconscious, so the process is described in the terms that would be used in the day. Perfectly appropriate from my perspective!

I am eager to read more from this excellent writer!
Clever Ending 3 July 2015
By Barbarino - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
This book starts off a little slowly, the period details and the characters are well drawn but the pacing of the story was only ever steady, never anything more. I liked the story while I was moving through it, it was decent and well written. But then I came to the end; the author did a wonderful job with the ending especially the revelation of the guilty party, that scene was very exciting, very well done. I also enjoyed the tenderness with which she wrapped up the story, it's not at all neat and tidy but it's nice and I liked it.

There are a lot of characters moving through this story and while I thought the mystery was well done, well connected and revealed to the reader there were times when I was glad I'd jotted down the names of the characters as they were introduced.

I was convinced I'd figured out who the murderer was and the motive, but I was wrong, the author had a much better killer and motive in mind. I liked Bow Street Runner, John Chase and barrister Edward Buckler who, with the help of Penelope Wolf, gather the information that uncovers the identity of the killer. I'm looking forward to reading more about them in the next book in the series.

If you like historical mysteries and you don't mind slow and steady pacing you might like this. I've been looking for a new series and while this is only a trilogy I'm going to read at least the next one by this author.
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