- Hardcover: 256 pages
- Publisher: Viking Adult; First Edition edition (February 15, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0670038202
- ISBN-13: 978-0670038206
- Product Dimensions: 6.3 x 1 x 9.3 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 17 customer reviews
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Consequences of Sin Hardcover – February 15, 2007
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Langley-Hawthorne's debut, billed as the first in a new Edwardian series, introduces an aspiring journalist and an Oxford-educated heiress, Ursula Marlow, who has a lot to learn about good detective work. Ursula's sheltered life begins to unravel after she receives a frantic late-night call from her friend Winifred Stanford-Jones, who's awakened to her lesbian lover's bloody corpse in her bed. Ursula summons Lord Oliver Wrotham, legal adviser to her industrialist father, but she bristles at the condescending, restrictive male power structure of Edwardian London and launches her own probe into the murder—with limited success. More deaths follow, including that of Ursula's father. Suspecting the crimes may be linked to a botanical expedition to South America, Ursula embarks for its jungles to confirm her theory. Whodunit fans may feel let down by the chance discovery of the culprit's identity, though romance readers should appreciate the conflict between the heroine's attraction to the dark, handsome Lord Wrotham and her sense of duty to marry the man her father intended for her. (Feb.)
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Ursula Marlowe is not a typical Edwardian heiress. An Oxford graduate who hopes to become a journalist and an active suffragette, she is a disappointment to her father, a self-made magnate who would like his daughter to marry and settle down. When one of her friends is accused of murdering another woman, the friend calls Ursula for help. With assistance from her father's lawyer, Lord Wortham, she begins investigating and, in the face of overwhelming evidence against her friend, finds indications of a sinister plot that endangers herself and her family. This debut novel introduces an intriguing new female sleuth with broad appeal. An action-packed plot, rich period detail, and a bit of romance will ensure that readers of cozies and historical mysteries will find much to enjoy. Barbara Bibel
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When Ursula gets a midnight phone call from her friend and fellow suffragette member Freddie (short for Winifred), she is whisked away to Freddie's home to find her friend hysterical due to a dead female body in her bed. Not knowing who to call or what to do, Ursula phones her father's lawyer and friend Lord Oliver Wrotham. Upon his immediate arrival he urges Ursula to leave promptly as to not be seen on the premise and to avoid causing her family unnecessary scandal. Freddie unfortunately is taken to prison, charged with murdering her lover Laura, the daughter of one of Ursula's father's business associates.
Not satisfied with leaving Freddie's case in the hands of the law, Ursula soon endeavors to take matters into her own hands, and begins to try and solve the crime and find the murderer herself. Soon more young women are turning up dead, and as the pages turn into the thick of things, Ursula's own father is also shot and killed. The story moves quickly and the scenes get quite heated as each turned page adds more to the mystery and as Ursula unburies some deeply hidden family secrets. After her father's funeral she journeys into the house attic and as she digs deep into her mother's old trunks, Ursula uncovers facts that lead her to believe her own father had something seriously horrible to hide.
Wild escapades throughout the English countryside and a riveting ocean journey aboard the famed ocean liner, The Lusitania, has Ursula disguised as a man and bound for South America's Orinoco jungle. The story maintains a fast pace and is very exciting as the chase is on to find the answers that will free Winifred from prison. A romantic interest for Ursula is also nicely entwined around the thread of mystery, and the story's ending brings an engaging page turning climax and a rather shocking ending that reveals macabre events in her father's past and a killer gone mad with revenge. I can't praise this new series and promising author enough, and I plan to immediately dive into The Serpent and The Scorpion, the second of Ursula Marlow's adventures.
Ursula Marlow is the daughter of a wealthy businessman. She is Oxford educated and a suffragette; a transitional woman in a period of change. A friend has woken next to the body of her murdered lesbian lover and calls Ursula for help.
After the victim's father commits suicide, Ursula uncovers a link to an expedition 20-years' ago to Venezuela. In spite of danger, tragedy and men trying to protect her, Ursula is determined to prove her friend innocent.
At the beginning, I was afraid both the book and the character was going to be quite light and vapid. Boy was I wrong. The protagonist, Ursula, does begin as indulged and a big whiney but transforms into a brave, determined and strongly independent woman. She is a woman caught in an interesting time of social revolution; women moving from the Victorian era to a modern era of independence and the right to vote.
The author did a wonderful job of conveying sense of place. Even more so, and more rarely, the author creates a very strong, evocative description of sense of loss and grief. The story has good suspense, and excellent twist, a climatic ending wherein the protagonist saves herself, and a nice romance that is very well done.
I did have a couple small quibbles: the author overused the description of "a single lock of hair falling..." and, when the heroine is rendered unconscious, it is always for several days. I really did enjoy the story and shall definitely read the next in the series.