- Series: The Blackstone Detective Series
- Publisher: Endeavour Ink (March 1, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1911445235
- ISBN-13: 978-1911445234
- Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 1.1 x 5.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,763,421 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death (The Blackstone Detective Series) Paperback – March 1, 2017
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Top Customer Reviews
This is well plotted, but the social history and the period are much like those of Anne Perry, and comparisons between the two writers are inevitable. Anne Perry has nothing to worry about - this is a poor imitation of her work. This is actually quite a good book but it falls a long way short of Anne Perry's prose. A completely different setting might have shown this writer to better advantage.
This shows the obligatory comparisons between the life of rich and poor in Victorian England; it has a sympathetic and well realized protagonist and even a beautiful Russian spy. It's a decent, workmanlike book - but it ain't Anne Perry.
Since this is the first book in the series, the author had to introduce us to our main character, Sam Blackstone. So, sprinkled throughout the novel are tantalizing references to Blackstone's backstory. But for the most part, the author told us what we needed to know, and got on with the plot.
Inspector Blackstone is a dedicated officer of Scotland Yard. Normally, his cases are easy to solve. Just a few questions, and a couple of threats, and the culprit is easily identified.
Now, Blackstone is presented with a different type of murder. The victim is a member of an aristocratic family more concerned with protecting the family name than identifying the murderer. Every step of the way it seems that Blackstone's investigation is impeded by the social norms concerning those who live at the top of British society.
Queen Victoria's grand sixtieth Jubilee forms the back drop of the novel. Could it be that Blackstone's case might have repercussions reaching to the pinnacle of British aristocracy, the Queen herself?
In Blackstone, the author has created a great character. I liked him, and I liked this novel.
And I intend to read the entire series.
It is not likely that I will read another book in this series.
As "A Rendezvous with Death" opens, the proverbial English fog clears and a brutally murdered corpse turns up, caught in the ropes of a barge in the Thames. Ordinarily, this would be a run-of-the-mill incident, but in this particular case, it is a body of an aristocrat. Inspector Blackstone is called in, and he quickly realizes he is outside of his comfort zone as the aristocracy are in a totally different social class from himself: a social strata mystery which far outweighs his own. Problems with social class become a major hindrance as he attempts to solve the case.
Spencer's depiction of Victorian classes becomes an essential part of the story's Victorian local color. "A Rendezvous with Death" is a good mystery with the potential to become a really good series. Spencer's plot has several twists and turns which keeps the reader's attention. The character development is good, and there is good potential for the future of our protagonist's character as he develops in future novels. I struggled with a 4 or 5 rating, and finally gave it a "4" solely due to a few plot concerns, plus I wanted to see how the series developed. Still, a good mystery that is fully recommend to the Victorian mystery fan. I will be following Sam Blackstones' adventures!
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Highly recommended to those who are like minded.
MAJOR PROBLEM. Misspellings. He instead of be, this lack of proofreading shows lack of professionalism. Hope it improves with next book