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A Case of Poisons: An Anthony Maxwell Mystery Paperback – June 1, 2013
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I received a signed copy of the book from the author. After the 4th chapter I purchased the Kindle Edition.
Every once in a while you come across a good mystery that just grabs your full attention! A Case of Poisons had me emotionally invested in the first few chapters. The plot was exciting and the characters were well developed. Hazel did a wonderful job building tension and great sense of danger. I really enjoyed the adventures of the protagonist, Anthony Maxwell - Archie, the young fellow, stole my heart.
The fact that there was no sappy love story was a big plus for me. I loved the family like bond between the characters.
A Case of Poisons is a classic Sherlock Holmes-ian whodunnit set in London in the late 1800s. I don't often read detective novels, so it was kind of fun to read outside of my comfort zone for a change.
The main character is absolutely perfect. He is an intelligent chap with a huge heart, a very witty sense of humor (made me chuckle more than once), and a love of coffee to rival my own. He is a part time private detective/consultant with the Scotland Yard. He, his trusty card sharp friend Tobias Farley, and his loyal lady pick pocket friend Scamp come together to help solve this case and stop a madman from killing men and children from the not so well to do side of town.
This book is beautifully written. The author uses great skill to pull you into the story. I felt as if I were right there hunting down clues and investigating mysterious bad guys right along with our heroes and their friends at the Yard. The terminology is as colorful as the cast of characters. You learn phrases like peelers, coffs, bloody boffins, and strutnoddy. Don't ask me what they mean. You'll have to read the book to figure that out! This book will leave you on the edge of your seat in anticipation until the very end with action packed scenes full of grave digging and secret meetings in secret rooms with real mummies.
I'm positive I will meet Sir Anthony Maxwell and his mates again sometime, perhaps in Street Arab's Runes, the next book in this series. Until then I think I will treat myself to a cup of coffee because I'm sure that's what Sir Anthony would do after a case like this one.
If you love detective novels, please read this book. You will not be disappointed!
Let me say first off that I do NOT typically read detective novels, but thought I would go out of my comfort zone and try something new. That being said....I really forced myself to read this book, there were quite a few times I wanted to put it down but I owed it to the author to see it through to the end. It was NOT because the book was horribly written, the writing flowed nicely, it just seemed a little slow for my tastes. I didn't feel it really picked up until about the last 70 pages or so. I enjoyed the banter between Inspector Garrett & Anthony Maxwell, it elicited a few grins at times. I also liked Archie and his relationship with the other orphans & Maxwell, himself. I also didn't guess who the bad guy was at all...which was surprising, because usually I can. A few things I DIDN'T like: I felt there was an overuse of the word "contraption," maybe it's just me, but I felt the author could have thrown in a few different words besides that one. I've read a few other "steampunk" novels and can usually picture the devices used within those books but had a hard time picturing the ones on this novel. I'm not sure that I would read the next book in the series but if someone were to ask for recommendations for this type of novel, I would probably suggest this to them.
Again, I didn't feel the author did a bad job on the novel and wish I could give it more stars but I'm basing my review on how I felt reading the book. (I wanted to rate 2 1/2 stars but felt that a bit cruel being it's just not my cup of tea).