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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Crown; First Edition edition (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307985768
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307985767
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 6.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #486,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Shields (The Truth of All Things, 2012) brings Deputy Archie Lean and Percival Grey, a half-Abenaki Indian detective, back for a very strange case. It is 1893 in Portland, Maine, and Deputy Lean follows some ashen footprints that lead him to the body of a murdered thief. The body has been burned, and there are occult symbols on a nearby wall. Just two days earlier, Lean witnessed the burial of the same man. Something very peculiar is going on, prompting Lean to ask Grey for help. Grey has his own strange case. He has agreed to help a dying tycoon find his long-lost granddaughter. The man’s family, however, is more concerned with the theft of an obscure heirloom that is decorated with mysterious symbols. As the two detectives investigate, they find links that connect all the cases. This is a compelling story that will take readers from the dreary streets of Portland to the upscale parlors of Brahmin Boston. A fine historical mystery. --Barbara Bibel

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"Erudite, mysterious and exciting, with a brooding, brilliant Sherlock-ian detective. The denouement is just as surprising as in Grey's first case." -- Kirkus Reviews (Starred)

"Conan Doyle fans will appreciate the Holmes/Watson-like relationship of Perceval Grey, who's half Abenaki Indian, and deputy Archie Lean of the Portland, Maine, police in Shields's excellent sequel to 2012's The Truth of All Things. ... The humanity of the well-developed leads enhances the smooth-flowing plot." -- Publishers Weekly (Starred)

"This is a compelling story that will take readers from the dreary streets of Portland to the upscale parlors of Brahmin Boston. A fine historical mystery." -- Booklist

"A compelling story that will take readers from the dreary streets of Portland to the upscale parlors of Brahmin Boston. A fine historical mystery." - Booklist

“The plot is awash in mysterious circumstances and suggestions of the occult…a rich and multi-layered adventure told with skill and attention to detail.” BookPage

“[Shields] serves up a highly readable novel that is guaranteed to engage readers until the very last page.” Tucson Citizen

"Erudite, mysterious and exciting, with a brooding, brilliant Sherlock-ian detective. The denouement is just as surprising as in [The Truth of All Things].” - Kirkus (starred review) 

"A well-executed addition to this genre, and a detective duo worth following into the next book in the series." --Historical Novel Society

More About the Author

Kieran Shields grew up in Portland, Maine. He graduated from Dartmouth College and the University of Maine School of Law. He continues to reside along the coast of Maine with his wife and two children. His first novel,THE TRUTH OF ALL THINGS was published by Crown in 2012. Perceval Grey and Archie Lean are back to work in the sequel, A STUDY IN REVENGE in January 2013.

He can be reached on his facebook page: Kieran Shields, Author or via email at kieranshields@yahoo.com.

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I don't want to give away any of the fascinating twists of the story.
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The action was taut, the characters well defined and there were surprises for the reader.
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Mr Shields is a talented writer and I look forward to reading more in this series.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By James Schmidt on January 30, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I have been looking forward to this book since reading Kieran Shields' terrific debut novel, The Truth of All Things, early last year. That book introduced the two main characters - Perceval Grey and Archie Lean - and several others, including the villain Jotham Marsh. I truly enjoyed the story of "Truth" while being ontroduced to the characters...the story in "Study/Revenge" was more complicated and - frankly - convoluted than "Truth," but the characters and their devlopment are absolutely wonderful. The start - perhaps the first 10% - was VERY promising, with a couple of Portland's criminals either found dead or seen plunging to death...even better, as Lean investigates, he notes fear among the rest of the city's criminal class that they may be subject to the same fate. Then, it drags until about halfway, as a host of other plot lines are introduced, a bit too many (especially when compared to the mor "tightly" writen "Truth"), but that's just my opinion. But here's the thing: the last 1/3 to 1/2 of the book is absolutely thrilling - and smart - and the seemingly unrelated and disparate threads do come together. The author does a great favor to those who invested their time and mind and emotions into the debut novel. I do look forward to #3.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By N. Blackburn on January 28, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Synopsis: A thief is murdered in a really unpleasant way with symbols from the occult close to his body. Problem is, Deputy Archie Lean witnessed this thief being buried 2 days earlier. Meanwhile, criminologist Percival Grey is helping a dying wealthy tycoon who is desperately attempting to locate a stolen artifact and if Mr. Grey could happen to find his missing granddaughter who is probably attached to the artifact that would just be spectacular.

My rating: 4.5 Stars

My opinion: I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE when I find intelligently written historical fiction mysteries. This book is a prime example! This book was beautifully laid out in its' mystery storyline divulging just enough to keep its' readers "whistle whet" while telling a very different type of mystery than your typical historical mysteries, which tend to bore me to tears at this point!

His characters were approachable and well thought out. What I loved most about the characters is that the author was dynamic in interjecting just enough humor into their "lines" which is a must in a book to suck me in. They had what another reviewer called "snarkiness" and I love that.

Source: Netgalley for Crown Publishing Group

Would I recommend? : Yep

Stand Alone or Part of a Series: Part of series. I must say that normally I am pretty compulsive about reading series in order, but this one stood fine on its' own. Although I will be going back immediately and reading the first in series and then stalking to see new releases. So, thank you to Mr. Shields and Crown Publishing Group for giving me yet ANOTHER series to read! ; )
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arlena on April 1, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Author: Kieran Shields
Published by: Crown Publishers
Age Recommended: YA - Adult
Reviewed By: Arlena Dean
Book Blog For: GMTA
Rating: 4

Review:

"A Study in Revenge" by Kieran Shields was a good mystery, historical,thriller series. I have not read the first book 'The Truth of all Things' and maybe that was why I didn't understand some parts of this novel but what I could understand ....I did like. I had a feeling I was still missing something that had gone on in the first novel...but again it was a very intriguing historical read...Sort of like the 'Sherlock Holmes' novels. This story setting was from Portland, Maine in the year of 1893. In this novel we have a 'Victorian' private investiagator and police consultant... Perceval Grey and we have Archie Lean who is a dedicated 'Deputy of Police'...dedicated to the State and its people. Grey and Lean come together trying to unravel a mystery and that is:

"The body of a local thief is discovered under unusual circumstances, with evidence of the occult (or at least somebody trying to stage it to look that way). The problem is, the thief in question was killed days earlier and was already buried, meaning that whoever staged the scene also robbed his grave."

Be ready for a lots of twist and turns...keep up or you could get lost...also be ready for "Viking runes, explosions, the occult, mysterious tunnels, robberies, shootings, burnings, and grave robbing, just to name some." It will be a long read but if you continue to will find out what the 'Revenge" was in the story! I will stop there to say you must pick up " Study in Revenge" to see what all the author had instore for the reader.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul Carrier on March 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
In this newly published sequel to "The Truth of All Things," Deputy Marshal Archie Lean of the Portland, Maine, police is reunited with private investigator Perceval Grey in 1893 as they try to solve the murder of small-time crook Frank Cosgrove, who was gunned down while en route to deliver a stolen, mysteriously marked stone.

The case quickly takes on bizarre overtones when someone digs up Cosgrove's corpse, transports it to an abandoned building in Portland, sets portions of the body on fire and writes "Hell Awaits" on a door, with a drawing of a devilish face.

When the investigation prompts Lean and Grey to search out Chester Sears, Cosgrove's underworld pal, the lead takes them to Boston. There, Sears falls to his death from a roof after Grey catches him ripping pages from an obscure library book about supposed Viking settlements in New England.

All of which should be baffling enough to keep any detective running in circles for a while, but Grey, who is part Abenaki Indian, has to divide his time between this case and his search for Madeline Webster, the missing granddaughter of deceased Portland businessman Horace Webster. Is the young woman's disappearance tied to the theft of a strange "thunderstone" that the Webster family has long treasured . . . the same exotic heirloom that Cosgrove was carrying at the time of his death?

The stolen stone is at the heart of the novel because of its obscure history, baffling symbols and unexplained significance. Is it a mystical source of power? A coded guide to hidden treasure? A hoax created by a long-dead member of the Webster family? An ancient artifact that rightfully belongs to the Abenaki Indians? Or something else entirely?
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