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- Publisher: Belgrave House/Pemberley Press (19 Aug. 2010)
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- Language: English
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The Birth of Blue Satan Kindle Edition
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THE BIRTH OF BLUE SATAN (Hist. Mys- Gideon Fitzsimmons/Hester Kean-England-1715) - VG+
Wynn, Patricia - 1st in series
Pemberley, 2001, US Hardcover - ISBN: 0970272707
First Sentence: The tall, young gentleman with long, fair hair and aquiline features lounged impatiently before the looking-glass.
It is the early 1700s, a time of political and religious tension, when Protestant German George sits on the throne supported by the Whigs who have convinced him the Tories support Catholic James Stewart, exiled in France. Gideon Fitzsimmons Viscount St. Mars argues with his father, Lord Hawkhurst, over Isabella, woman he desires to marry and leaves his father's house in a temper.
Upon preparing to ride to a ball a lone horseman attacks him, severely cutting his arm. Gideon proceeds to the ball, where he meets Isabella's cousin, who is kind and bright and clearly being treated as a poor relation by Isabella and her mother.
Two men appear and advise Gideon his father has been murdered and the culprit had been wounded. When they discover Gideon's wound, he becomes the suspect and must run to avoid being put in prison. He must also determine wither the motive was personal or political and undercover his father's murderer.
Wynn's attention to historic detail of the time, place and social structure, is staggering and adds richness and veracity to the story.
But it's the characters and story I really loved. It was one of those books I picked to read just a couple pages, and ended up reading it straight through to the end. The characters are wonderful. Gideon accustomed to a life of privilege now on the run.
Hester Keane is the smart, strong, proper daughter of an impoverish minister determined to help Gideon clear his name. The secondary characters are just as strong. Mrs. Mayfield, out to ensure a profitable marriage for her daughter at all cost; Isabella, the beautiful and vacuous daughter, Gideon's groom Tom; the loyal lifelong servant determined to keep himself `clean' after seeing his father die from pox; Philippe, Gideon's perfect French valet, and many others who are all so well drawn as to be real.
The story is so well plotted with each suspect being identified and investigated. I had one small complaint when Hester did something toward the end that was both incredibly stupid and, I thought, out of character for her. I know it was necessary to the story and series, but felt it should have been handled better by the author.
Otherwise, Ms. Wynn has a wonderful voice. She is able to bring the period and the people to life with suspense, an element of romance and a dash of humor. I liked the book so much, I've immediately started the next in the series.
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The Spider's Touch,The Motive From the Deed, and the Killing Frost. I happened to read the last one first.
Then I had to read the first ones, too.
In this novel, King George I (the turnip) is making himself less and less popular with the citizens of London. The Whigs and the Tories are spying and conspiring and someone has murdered Lord Hawkhurst. His son Gideon has been accused of this crime and his fathers's frineds don't bother to defend Gideon. Howeve,Hester Kean decides to help Gideon and to find the killer in order to prove Gideon's innocence.
I didn't expect to like this book as much as I did - the author is a well-known Romance writer - and I've never been a Romance reader. However, I was immediately hooked by the mystery of who killed St. Mars' father. Wynn has written a Romance novel with an excellent mystery interwoven throughout. The pace of the book could have used a boost to its speed, but other than that, it is well written. St. Mars and Mrs. Kean are excellently drawn and immediately likable. Even Isabella who is an eighteenth century air head becomes likable as the book draws to an end. And Isabella's scheming mother, while not likable, is certainly well drawn.
The mystery is a good mystery as there is no scarcity of suspects, each with a motive to do murder, and the individual actually guilty of the deed is introduced early enough to not be a surprise when he is uncovered as the murderer. The history appears to be right on the money - Wynn introduces enough period history, i.e., the rivalry between the Whigs and Tories for George's largesse, to be interesting but not to become the focus of the book, which always remains the mystery of who did the murder.
One of the things Gideon loses is his first love, the beautiful Isabella. But Isabella's reputation, and especially her mother's reputation, is not exactly stellar. Her story is a true telling of life among the rich, the near rich, and the want-to-be rich.
The story also introduces the quiet, loyal, attractive Hester, who must live with Isabella's family due to economic circumstances. Hester secretly adores St. Mars, but her lowly class keeps her in the shadows until St. Mars needs someone on the inside to be his eyes and ears. Isabella and her mother are now living at the Hawkhurst estate, so Hester has access to people who might be involved Lord Hawkhurst's murder.
Gideon disguises himself as a highwayman wearing a magnificent blue satin cloak in order to move about the countryside. His trusty servant stays with him as they search for the killer. Gideon discovers the killer, but something stops him from revealing who it is.
This is a great introduction to the series. A very satisfying read.
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