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The Curse of the House of Foskett
on 10 September 2014
"'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. There are a number of deaths in this book, and I was astonished and rather horrified at the diabolical methods by which the deceased are despatched as we follow Mr G (as March calls him) and Miss Middleton in their quest for truth.
Absolutely wonderful; these books are real gems, and I can't wait to read more about the Gower Street Detectives.