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5.0 out of 5 stars a regency detective tale with a twist
i was hooked from the very first paragraph "it is a truth universally acknowledged that a Fallen Woman of good family must,soon or late,descend to whoredom" - the heroine on the contrary becomes an Agent of Enquiry the sole one of her kind in the England of 1810. I can thoroughly recommend this - not least because of the amazing twist in the tale. One quibble was Ms...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story, inaccurate historical details
First Sentence: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Fallen Woman of good family must, soon or late, descend to whoredom.

Sarah Tolerance is a disowned daughter of nobility who now lives in a cottage behind a high-class brothel and who acts as a private inquiry agent. She is hired by Count Verseillon to locate and retrieve an antique fan he's given...
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5.0 out of 5 stars a regency detective tale with a twist, 9 Sep 2005
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This review is from: Point of Honour (Mass Market Paperback)
i was hooked from the very first paragraph "it is a truth universally acknowledged that a Fallen Woman of good family must,soon or late,descend to whoredom" - the heroine on the contrary becomes an Agent of Enquiry the sole one of her kind in the England of 1810. I can thoroughly recommend this - not least because of the amazing twist in the tale. One quibble was Ms Robins changing historical facts but the story itself carried me along. I will certainly purchase the second in the series
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!, 10 Sep 2004
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This review is from: Point of Honour (Hardcover)
I loved this Regency detective story. Sarah Tolerance is a great, feisty heroine and the mystery is well constructed. Great period atmosphere, too. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable story, inaccurate historical details, 4 Dec 2008
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L. J. Roberts (Oakland, CA, USA) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Point of Honour (Hardcover)
First Sentence: It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Fallen Woman of good family must, soon or late, descend to whoredom.

Sarah Tolerance is a disowned daughter of nobility who now lives in a cottage behind a high-class brothel and who acts as a private inquiry agent. She is hired by Count Verseillon to locate and retrieve an antique fan he's given to a lady when he was younger. What should be a relatively simple undertaking becomes less so when Sarah is attacked and others die.

For a purely fictional story, this was enjoyable. However, as historical fiction, this is definitely not the book for the historical purist and I was disappointed. The author plays fast and loose with historical facts and social details. Although she acknowledges it, I still found it disruptive.

The story, itself, was quite enjoyable and well plotted. It was a good mystery and there were things I did enjoy about it. There was one incident toward the end I felt was handled in an unlikely way and the romance felt superfluous.

I probably will read another, but more because I already have it rather than because I would now intentionally seek it out and there are other authors I would recommend instead.
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