- File Size: 1162 KB
- Print Length: 456 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1477417370
- Publication Date: April 1, 2012
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B007QEE6YY
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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- #991 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > British
- #2207 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Literature & Fiction > Historical Fiction > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense
- #2440 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Mystery, Thriller & Suspense > Mystery > Traditional Detectives
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I sincerely enjoyed the book from start to finish, with a multitude of conflicts and issues raised within the main crisis, and the whodunnit (oh it MUST be him, it just has to be!) thread woven throughout the tale. I kept a sharp eye out for editing lapses, and while I did find one instance of "their" instead of "there", most other blights seem to have been abolished. I did NOT find a single case of "track" for "tract", thank goodness, and I was watching for it.
If you're on the fence about this book, please give it a shot.
There are thousands of professionally published books that are absolute garbage-- I've downloaded a few dozen for the kindle, myself, and been disgusted by the lazy, unimaginative junk some of these authors produce... so to find an independent author with a well-told story was quite a treat. I'm looking forward to the rest of the series! Thanks for paying attention to your readers and reviewers, Ms Wright! Well done.
It picked up the pace after the first part and I thought it had potential. However, when the detective was talking about serial killers and said it was a new term I had to stop reading. That term wasn't even used until the early to mid 70s. That did it for me and I deleted it.
The women of the Bainbridge family were ahead of their time in being able to live and think independently, although early on the reader is made aware of the sheltered upbringing of the young Leanna. While the love interest was not foremost in the story, it played an important role...although at times I wanted give give Leanna a good shake.
We are also shown the societal and class inequities of that era...handled competently but already familiar from numerous other novels.
Two aspects were particularly difficult for me: first, the graphic descriptions of the gruesome nature of the killings. Weak-stomached creature that I am, those were the portions I skipped (or at least needed a fainting couch :-)
The second was the frustration with the number of typos. Aside from those already mentioned by the low-rating reviewers, I would chime in with such things as teaming for teeming, triffle for trifle, rifle "sites" for sights, through for thorough, courser for coarser, played for placed, "amount" of people for number, started for stared, strata when stratum was meant, misspelling the chapter heading as Eightteen, and what the British might take as sacrilege "Worchester" sauce for Worcestershire.
I always find it puzzling in an otherwise well-written book, that an author does not take more care with garden variety proofreading.
Having aired that peeve, I still liked the marvelous detail which touched on subjects including abortions, religious prejudice, nascent forensic science, women's rights, immigration and overall class consciousness.
I remain bemused by the emphasis on men's mustaches but loved learning that the bird-group phrase is an "ostentation of peacocks."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Was a bit monotonous in places and then the ending was abrupt. Didn't really grab my attention but rather I kept reading because it was okay and I wanted to see how it endedPublished 28 days ago by Karen
This fictional account based on Jack the Ripper is entrancing from beginning to end. Leanna Bainbridge's grandfather has died and left the bulk of his estate to her, much to the... Read morePublished 1 month ago by B. Mckee
I liked the author well enough I would like to read some of the other books.Published 2 months ago by jason buxton
Pulls you in from the start. Great book and working on the rest of the series!Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
Despite the fact that the mystery of Jack the R. remains a mystery, I found this book quite dull, slow and boring ! Not recommended.Published 7 months ago by Pauline K.
Good twists and turns. Who is good? Who is evil? Where do the lines blur? Are societal lines a bunch of hooey?Published 8 months ago by Stuck
I'm really enjoying this series; keeps one interested and wanting morePublished 10 months ago by Frany Bauder Washko
Very exciting story that grabs you and doesn't let go until the end. It has some nice twists in it. I found myself thinking about it when I wasn't reading it!Published 10 months ago by KrisMis
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