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Intricate plotting with a real feel for history
on 11 October 2002
Although I admired the author's intricate plotting of the political background to this story, I was disappointed with the murder mystery aspect of it as I had more or less unravelled who the murderer was three or four chapters in, the author just gave away too many clues. For this reason, I would disagree with reviewers who say it "keeps you guessing until the end". Both the historical setting and details on astronomy are quite fascinating, you really get a tangible feel for what it was like for ordinary people living in London in 1795, the sheer bleakness, filth and smell of the place. I like books in which you can learn about lesser well known points in history and this is defintely one of those. If you are looking for an interesting read which doesn't romanticize the past, this is the one for you.