- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 4629 KB
- Print Length: 254 pages
- Publisher: Little G Books; 1 edition (25 Aug. 2019)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07WPWJVRK
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- Customer reviews: 21 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,662 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Intrigue & Infamy (The Victorian Detectives Book 7) Kindle Edition
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A terrific book. When I got to 80% I found myself slowing down because I didn't want to read it too quickly. In this 7th book of the series, racism rears its ugly head, showing that it is far from being just a 20th and 21st century problem. Stride and Cully must deal with a series of arson attacks on businesses, and the brutal murder of an old Italian man.
Elsewhere, socialite Juliana Silverton is thoroughly enjoying the attention received since her engagement to hedonistic rich boy Henry Haddon, her delight marred only by a secret from the past ... and the appearance of Henry's younger half-brother's new tutor.
This book is as expertly structured as the rest of the series, and includes similarly colourful characters and the ever-present chasm between rich and poor, so much a theme in all the books - and in certain areas of life nothing has changed; young aristocrats with powerful connections are able to get away with the most heinous of crimes, just as they always have been and are now.
Although illustrating society's problems in the most deft way, Ms Hedges does not fall into the cliché of making all the privileged characters the 'bad guys'; I was pleased to see a happy outcome for one, in particular. I guessed the perpetrators of the crimes quite early on, but this didn't matter a jot; the joy of reading these books is the writing itself, the vivid pictures of 1860s London, and the slow unfolding of sub-plots.
I can't help but think of what star rating I will give a book while I am reading it, and this was a solid 5* all the way through, but what earned it my extra 'gold' star was the end twist that I never saw coming. It was beautifully executed, and made me smile as I realised how other aspects were explained by it.
If you haven't read any of these books, I recommend you start now - and I hope this is not the end of the series....
Elsewhere, in a very upmarket area of the city, Miss Juliana Silverton has secured an excellent catch in the form of young, handsome (and sole heir to his father’s fortune) Harry Haddon, who proposed to her the previous evening. Their engagement will soon be announced in The Times. But if a past indiscretion becomes public knowledge all will be lost.
Also added into the mix is Angelo Bellini, who has travelled from Italy to take up his position as the new tutor for Lord and Lady Haddon’s young son, Danny. Former MP Lord Haddon determines to make sure Danny doesn’t end up like his feckless step brother. However, all is not quite as it seems with Señor Bellini.
The characters are drawn so well that there’s an immediate mental image and sense of their personalities. One aspect I really enjoy about a series is the development and growth of existing characters. The divide between the well to do and the poorer element is detailed in all its grimness, with the evocatively described city of London as the backdrop where prejudice, bullying and cruelty isn’t just confined to the lower classes. There is an appreciable understanding of life at that time, across all levels of society.
I’ve been looking forward to a new mystery with Stride, Cully and Greig, and Intrigue & Infamy certainly doesn’t disappoint. Carol Hedges masterfully weaves several story threads together with engaging, witty, present tense prose, keeping the reader immersed in the story and creating an atmospheric and vividly depicted visit to 19th century London with its colourful inhabitants.
I chose to read and review Intrigue & Infamy for Rosie Amber’s book review team, based on a digital copy kindly supplied by the author.