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A Broken Vessel Mass Market Paperback – June 1, 1995


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 289 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Reprint edition (June 1, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140234535
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140234534
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.2 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #356,648 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In 1820s London, an amateur sleuth seeks the assistance of a young prostitute who discovered a written plea for help in a client's pocket.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

YA-Ross's second mystery about Julian Kestrel, the Regency dandy, teams him with Sally Stokes, a cockney prostitute who helps him solve a clever and devilish murder. One night, as is her custom, Sally steals a handkerchief from each of her three clients. In one, she finds a letter from a woman being held against her will and begging for help. A concerned and frightened Sally runs into her brother, a reformed pickpocket and Kestrel's valet. Soon she and Kestrel are matching wits to find the owner of the handkerchief and locate the desperate woman. Through dogged legwork they locate the three men, each from a different strata of society but each of whom has something serious to hide relating to a young heiress, the Reclamation Society, and the seamy underground life of London's Haymarket District. The clues come thick and fast in this action-packed mystery. Ross provides a good look at the beginnings of the London police force as well as the working of the English courts and the role of magistrates in this authentic view of early 19th-century social life.
Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School Library, Upper Marlboro, MD
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
After reading the 2 previous reviews, I hesitated to buy this latest book by Kate Ross but, having enjoyed her other 3 so much, I did and just finished reading it. It's great! This Regency London mystery introduces Sally Stokes, an appealing "woman of the streets' with the intriguing and descriptive language of the streets. She's an inquisitive girl with a quick mind who constantly keeps Julian Kestrel, the usually unflappable and suave "gentry cove" her brother Dipper valets for, off balance. These 3 solve several intertwining mysteries satisfactorily. The ending keeps you hoping for more books from Kate Ross.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By kellytwo on June 18, 2002
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When Dr. MacGregor, a carry-over from Julian Kestrel's first adventure, CUT TO THE QUICK, asks the young London dandy, "Look here: are you going to fret yourself into a fever about this business, burn your fingers meddling in what's not your concern, and get yourself and everybody around you into a parcel of trouble?" what could the appropriate answer be, but 'Those were more or less my plans." The dryly-spoken words make one want to laugh out loud, regardless of one's surroundings or company.
These lines are found on page 79 of A BROKEN VESSEL, by which time Julian is well and truly caught, and not just by the mystery into which he has been thrust; the Cockney 'game gal' who opened the puzzle is the sister of Julian's valet, Dipper. Even though he hasn't seen his sister Sally in over two years, the relationship picks up with no hindrance. Not so that of Sally and Kestrel. Drawn to her in spite of himself, he withdraws, not wishing to upset Dipper. As he withdraws, Sally becomes ever more determined to discover whether her "Lightning', as she calls Kestrel, has any flesh and blood beneath his elegant exterior.
Sally always indulges herself in two seemingly harmless habits with any cove who engages her; she attaches a name, and she steals some small item, while the cove is otherwise occupied. During one memorable night, she consorts with "Bristles', "Blue-Eyes' and "Blinkers"; a handkerchief is the 'prize' she draws from each of them. Only later does she discover a letter that had been wrapped in one of the cloths. The problem is, which one? It is while she is recovering from the beating administered by Blinkers that she discovers both her brother and the letter.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shannon R. Combs on December 27, 2010
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I've yet to be able to get my hands on "Cut to the Quick", so I cannot compare this one to it. But I will say that I've thoroughly enjoyed this book. It's fast paced, amusing and will definately turn you in circles trying to find out "who done it". I've read "The Devil In Music" and greatly enjoyed too.

I just found out today that Ms. Ross passed in 1998 after a long fight with cancer. I can only say that I hate that her creative voice will not be heard again. I was so looking forward to reading more of her work. My sincere belated condolences to her family. -S Combs
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neerja Tripathi on January 2, 2005
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I liked the book well enough, although I do agree with those reviewers who say that the relationship between Kestrel and Sally felt contrived at best. Also at the end she was disposed off rather conveniently a la James Bond, presumably so that Mr. Kestrel can find another love interest in forthcoming books.

That said, it is rather interesting book and a good read.

I will be reading other books by Ms. Ross with interest.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By HopeP on July 2, 2003
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It's been a year or so since I read this, but I remember rather enjoying the interaction between the 3 main characters. If you like historical fiction/mysteries I don't think this will be a disappointment.
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This is the second in the series of Julian Kestrel Mysteries. I think I enjoyed this one a little more than the first because we get to see a bit more of our hero's personality. In fact he actually has a romantic encounter, which was a bit of a stretch as others have mentioned but I enjoyed it none the less.

The mystery was well done, I loved the period and the setting: London 1824 and the vernacular.

I really like Julian Kestrel, his valet Dipper and Dipper's long lost sister Sally.

And I'm looking forward to starting the third book in this series tonight!
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