3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
What a lovely read.,
This review is from: The Mangle Street Murders (The Gower Street Detective Series Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
The main characters are really well defined and wear their personalities well - the self-opinionated, gruff Sidney Grice whose main concerns are money and his reputation as a personal(not private) detective, and his ward March Middleton - young, naive and brought up in the colonies where she helped her military doctor father treat wounded soldiers. There is a background theme of a relationship in March's past which we are led to assume ended in the death of her suitor.. but the door is left open for further revelations as this is not confirmed.
The story was fast paced - a woman who wants to prove her son-in-law innocent of murdering his wife. Having been found guilty and hung half way through the book March tries to prove his innocence while Sidney is determined to prove his guilt without doubt. They interact well together, consistently trying to score points off each and building an interesting relationship.
There is of course the police presence in Inspector Pound, and the balance in relationships is provided by Harriet Fitzgerald who introduces March to a Ladies Club – a balance to the misogynist tendencies- although the ladies feel the need to use nicknames rather than their true identities. This provided a crucial link in the storyline and has the potential to do so again in the future.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book – the language and descriptions were rich and provided good insight into the life led by both the characters and the poor of the time. A mixture of a good plot, a dash of humour and well developing characters made this a great read and I look forward with anticipation to further titles in the series.