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on 27 January 2018
Ann Granger is an excellent story teller. This story involves Inspector Benjamin Ross and Lizzie Martin. Lizzie takes a job as a companion to a young girl whose baby has died. The girl's husband has been sent to China to take up a position in the girl's family business. The girl does not accept the baby has died and then she is found beside the dead body of a rat catcher. Lizzie suggest that the murder should be investigated by Scotland Yard and put for Inspector Ross's name as a person to contact. Inspector Ross comes down to investigate and there on follows a tale with many twists and turns. The narrators are excellent.
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on 16 July 2016
This series of books about Inspector Ross is wonderful. In my view better than the Mitchell and Markby series. The writing, as always by Ann Granger, is excellent and this series is set in mid-later Victorian times - no forensic science, DNA or fingerprinting! Lizzie Martin as his sort of side kick is clever , and smart - a very attractive character.
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on 16 March 2014
It is quite an unpretentious book with engaging characters and although not literary in style it is nonetheless pleasant to read. Unfortunately there isn't much plot in it and the story is way too straightforward with no twists and turns . It fails as a detective novel because it doesn't present any misleading clues or false trails and readers have nothing to engage their intellect with. It's agreeable to spend a few hours reading the tale but there is no challenge whatsoever and the story is therefore very soon forgotten.
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on 9 January 2014
Having read the first in the Victorian crime series involving Lizzie Martin and Ben Rose, I was looking forward to reading this one. What I liked about it besides their search for the murderer was the change of scene from city to countryside and the way Ann Granger describes the period background. I always like to learn some new historical fact. Lizzie and Ben are suitable substitutes for her Mitchell and Markby from her Cotswold series. Although I guessed from the beginning the way the plot might develop that did not spoil it for me and I look forward to reading the next in the series.
I'd recommend readers like myself who enjoy Jacqueline Winspear and Frances Brody to give Ann Granger's Lizzie and Ben a try.
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on 12 December 2017
I am enjoying the progression of the character relationships. The alternate narration is an interesting method of developing the story line
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on 25 February 2014
I found all three of the Lizzie Martin books well written and very enjoyable, but then I like Cosy Crime. The writing is good, the historical detail fascinating, and the puzzles interesting. All of them are a good read.
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on 26 April 2017
good
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on 13 September 2016
Very good
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on 1 January 2017
good
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on 17 August 2014
Received within specified time
well packaged
good story,well thought out plot
I enjoyed it
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