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- Publisher: Crux Publishing; 1 edition (March 1, 2015)
- Publication Date: March 1, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00U6DZPCO
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The Finish: The Progress of a Murder Uncovered (Venus Squared Book 1) Kindle Edition
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I thought dialogue flowed naturally and new characters were well introduced. The background on the MC- how she came to be here, her sister, etc.- was never given in a large distracting chunk. We got bits as they were relevant and they fit seamlessly into the story.
-Katie O'Rourke, author of Monsoon Season
Covent Garden is historically a treacherous hot bed of drink, sport, and any manner of perverse sexual services a gentleman of means desires. Kitty, a brothel prostitute and self-confessed whore, awoke this morning sharing her bed with a dead man whose throat has been cut from ear to ear. Kitty is obviously guilty by virtue of her being born a woman; and being a prostitute all but seals her fate at the gallows. Can she prove who the real murderer is before she is arrested, and must struggle and kick, finally swinging lifeless in the dark breeze at the end of a rope?
Angela Elliott, author of "The Finish," is a master of period dialogue after the likes of eighteenth century novelist, Henry Fielding--"Tom Jones," and likewise a wizard in the fine art of plot, after the likes of Agatha Christie's early twentieth century master detectives, Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot. This suspenseful murder mystery, "The Finish," is historically important and critical in introducing us to the dark underbelly of eighteenth century England, where women are victims of enslavement, and objects of animal lust.
If you are a student of English history, the English novel, and a fan of the art of the murder mystery, you will want to add Angela Elliott's "The Finish" to this summer season's list of "must reads."
The book includes historical notes and, best of all, a glossary of vernacular from the period relevant to the events depicted. Time travelers, take note! This brief but invaluable resource offers a rare opportunity to exponentially increase one's prostitution-related vocabulary. for the purposes of discussing the ins and outs of the sex trade in 18th Century London. ;-)
This novel made me laugh and was a pleasurable page-turner that kept my mind engaged from first to last with the nicely-paced progress of the story and the action-filled historical setting. I would recommend it to readers interested in a light, somewhat racy historical mystery and those wishing to better understand the prevalent "fusty luggs" discourse of the era (see glossary).
Please be advised that I received a free electronic copy of this book in return for my agreement to publish an honest review through participation in the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program.
The detective in this murder mystery is a prostitute living in a whore house. She awakes one morning with her evening client in a dead state, resting on top of her. I was having to look up the vernacular language until I realized that the author has includes a glossary at the end of the novel. The topic may offend some. Working girls, madams, pimps, bouncers, thieves, bullying policemen, criminal aristocracy, over-amorous sea captains keep the reader enchanted. An interesting application of the early experiments in electricity show up in the brothel. Prepare to smile. My thanks to the author and LibraryThing for a complimentary copy of this work.
The language and tone in this work is authentic, taking the reader straight into 1700’s and the dirty, grimy streets of underground England, the world of prostitutes, thieves and murderers. Angela’s writing is professional and polished, and the setting and times are so well researched – it’s really difficult to find fault with anything. I am hooked and can’t wait to read the rest of the series.
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