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The Curse of the House of Foskett (The Gower Street Detective Series) Hardcover – 5 Jun 2014

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Head of Zeus (5 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1781853258
  • ISBN-13: 978-1781853252
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 3.4 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (213 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 229,725 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A well-plotted mystery full of twists and turns, skullduggery, danger, and double-dealing' Good Book Guide.

About the Author

M.R.C. Kasasian was raised in Lancashire. He has had careers as varied as a factory hand, wine waiter, veterinary assistant, fairground worker and dentist. He is also the author of The Mangle Street Murders and Death Descends on Saturn Villa.


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I read the reviews for this book and as it was on special I decided to download it but some reviewers recommended reading the 1st book in the series, ''The Mangle Street Murders'' 1st so I paid a bit extra and bought that too. I have written a review for that one as well. I haven't finished this sequel yet but I'm hooked as I was in the 1st book. The main character is a Sherlock Holmes type but although clever he has no redeeming features, which is what makes the books so funny as well as dramatic. He raises sarcasm to a new level but his young ward who helps him solve the crimes is equal to it. She is the opposite to him with a good heart but a secret past that is gradually unfolded as the book progresses. The crimes are ingenious and the whole book outrageous at times. This is a book I have no problem with recommending, it's original and too many novels are similar these days. I do recommend buying the Mangle Street Murders and reading that 1st as it sets the scene and introduces the characters.
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"'One must always consider all the possibilities,' he said. `However, I have sufficient intimate knowledge of my actions to enable me to discount myself as the guilty party with a reasonable degree of confidence.'"

This is the second in the Gower Street Detective series (the first being The Mangle Street Murders) and I would like to sincerely and earnestly request that the author hurry up and write lots more, because I am now addicted to this series. There is a unique yet wonderfully familiar feel to these books, and the second in the series is just that bit stronger even than the first.

In this story March Middleton is living with her guardian the famous (or infamous) personal (not private) detective Sidney Grice. It is now 1882, and since the rather public debacle that surrounded some of the issues in the previous book Sidney is now finding a lack of business coming his way. Then, one day a man by the name of Horatio Green comes to call. He is a member of a Final Death Society, the last member of which Society stands to gain in the event of the others dying before him or her. One of the members of the Society has died, and under the terms of the Agreement, Sidney Grice is to investigate his passing. But then Horatio dies, rather inconveniently, on the floor of Grice's study.

Sidney Grice is, if at all possible, even more objectionable in his manner and manners than he was in the first book. He is horribly rude to everybody, even March, and especially Molly, the rather muddleheaded maid of the household. But March is also blunt and rather unladylike, and the two of them seem to manage to avoid murdering each other just sufficiently to get on and solve the mysteries that seem to follow them around.
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I was sent a copy of this book by the publishers and this is my honest review.

The Gower Street Detective books continue with this second outing for Sidney Grice and March Middleton. Since his last case Sidney Grice has seen his star wane, he is made a mockery of in the newspapers and children sing ditties about him outside his house. Things change however with a visit from from a member of the macabre society whereby the surviving member inherits the wealth of all the others. When that visitor dies in Sidney's study both he and March are drawn into a world where the other members are in danger, and that danger seems to also be directed towards the intrepid duo.

I had just finished reading the first book in this series, The Mangle Street Murders and had to pick up The Curse of the House of Foskett straight away. I love discovering new authors and new series and so it was a joy to read these books.

I was soon immersed in the world of March and Sidney, full of idiosyncrasies, banter (from March at least) and murder. In this book the relationship between March and Sidney develops and we find that Sidney does have the capability of feeling something other than disdain for his fellow humans. The relationship between March and Inspector Pound also develops nicely, even when violence gets in the way.

The misogyny continues with March and other women in the book having to almost justify their existence, though this now often comes across as parody and exaggeration of what the situation may have truly been like for women in 19th Century Britain.

March's detective abilities are developing in this second outing and Sidney can be seen to discreetly encourage this.
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At every level this book sparkles with fun. And yet it has more, I am a 51 year-old dad and I love it. My 16 year old son is the same. I fear I am a stuffed shirt like Sidney Grice, I fear even more that I wish I was 21 again and I am in love with the "beautiful" March Middleton, Do yourself a big favour and read their books,ideally in order, and you'll know what I mean!!!
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This is the second of Kasasian's books. Happily you can read them independently unlike some of the other authors who try to tie you in woith a serial - which I find irritating.

If you have read the Mangle Street Murders, this latest book develops the characters. This is a great read and Conan Doyle has a worthy (if not even better) successor. It has the mystery and suspense, but it also has humour and on several occasions it was laugh out loud. I absolutely loved it and I am now a great fan of Mr Kasasian - I have already bought the third book - Death Decends on Saturn Villa and am saving it to enjoy later.
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