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City of Darkness (City of Mystery Book 1) by [Wright, Kim]
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  • 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
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I hesitated before purchasing this book, having read several reviews blasting it for numerous glaring errors-- typos, misused words, grammar problems-- but finally decided it was worth a gamble. The beauty of electronic books as that authors may edit their work after "printing", so I hoped Ms Wright had taken the initiative upon receiving those scathing comments by past customers. I am VERY glad I bought the title, because not only were most of the errors corrected, I also found the story engaging, with a full deck of well-played characters and settings.

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.
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Only 10 pages in, but the errors are so distracting, they make it almost unreadable for me. Digestive tract, not track. Leonard would have been poring over his papers, not pouring. Cecil will wheedle, not weedle. No will requires five witnesses, but perhaps if Bainbridge had hired a solicitor instead of a barrister to draft it, he'd have known that. Even for free, I expected more pride of authorship.
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Wiley weaves an exciting and complex world for her characters in Victorian England, as the hunt for Jack the Ripper begins. Each chapter propels you to the next, with wonderful suspense and tension. Feeling as invested in the search for Ripper as the detectives in this book are, you will read this one straight through!
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I do not understand how this book received 67 positive reviews. The plot was weak with absolutely no punch at the end. Kim Wright resurrects a tale that has been written to death over the last hundred years. This mediocre attempt is made worse by atrocious spelling, editing and proofreading. The author lacks a basic knowledge of grammar and punctuation. The structure of her sentences leaves much to be desired; in fact, many sentences make no grammatical sense at all and her attention to consistency of tense is particularly poor. As noted by a previous reviewer, misspellings are profuse throughout the book -- for example, "track" for "tract," "butted" for "abutted," "weedle" for "wheedle," "pouring over" for "poring over," and "through" for "thorough." Finally, like many upcoming, self-published authors, Miss Wright misuses the word "myriad," writing "This myriad of small lapses" instead of "These myriad small lapses." I try to be a fair and balanced reviewer as I do not want to mislead a prospective buyer. Miss Wright shows flashes of creativity and I am sure she will be more readable once she has mastered the English language.
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I've read many mysteries, historical and modern and many on Jack the Ripper. With that said, as I was reading I wasn't sure if this was a mystery, romance, somewhat factual, somewhat fiction?
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.
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I just finished reading City of Darkness and loved it. I kept wondering all the way through the book how the author would handle the fact Jack the Ripper was never actually caught. She worked it in very well with her story line and kept me guessing until the end. I highly recommend this book and am looking forward to City of Light, the next book in the City of Mystery series by Kim Wright.
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Although I am familiar with the Jack the Ripper scenario, this is the first book i have ever read about him and thought it was quite well-written. I liked the portrayal of life in the late 1800s especially as it related to gender issues.

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."
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