The Mesmerist's Apprentice: (Sarah Tanner 2) Paperback – 5 Mar 2009
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"Very enjoyable and impressively researched" (D. J. Taylor)
"L. M. Jackson is deft with his dovetailing, and it is a pleasure to follow Sarah Tanner as she outfoxes the villains." (The Telegraph)
"Watch out Mma Ramotswe, there's a new number one lady detective on the scene - the glorious Sarah Tanner - in a book that's as thick with Victorian atmosphere as a London Particular" (Gilda O'Neill)
'Evokes the colour and danger of Victorian London with a master's touch ... an exhilarating experience' Daily ExpressSee all Product description
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Jackson's dialogue style is just perfect for his characters, and although his narrative is simpler than that of his earlier books, this only makes them easier to digest.
His knowledge of Victorian London - unmatched, as far as I can tell - is used very effectively as the backdrop for this intriguing historical crime-novel.
Sarah Tanner is a thoroughly likeable heroine, and a plausible one, easy to identify with.
The first point to be noted is that Lee knows his subject; his books are placed in a real world with real people, real locations and accurate backgrounds, clothing, food and transport. Not for him the somewhat Gothic or whimsical world of writers like Charles Dickens, here we have reality. Anyone who knows London can trace his characters movements through streets that were and, in many cases, still are. In fact, Lee as an academic is the author of `A Dictionary of Victorian London: An A-Z of the Great Metropolis,' which is the textual version of his website mentioned below.
The second point is that Lee is fast becoming a consummate artist at the twist in the plot; the sudden realisation that overturns all we have started to imagine or assume. It is a treat to read his books knowing that your assumptions WILL be overturned and wondering how it will be achieved. Excellent!
I recommend all of Lee's books to those who are fascinated by the realities of Victorian London (see Lee's website victorianlondon.org) and enjoy a good murder mystery with surprising twists.
Sarah Tanner is a fesity lady who seems to attract trouble wherever she goes and gets into many a tight spot!
I would thoroughly recommend this book, but please do read "A Most Dangerous Woman" first.
Lee Jackson captures perfectly the ambience of Victorian London, and I can guarantee this will be unputdownable. Thrown in are a few twists and turns to keep you the reader hooked!
If you like these books, the Decimus Webb series by the same author are just as engrossing as the Sarah Tanner series. Can't wait for the next one!!
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