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- Publication Date: February 16, 2018
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- Language: English
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The Peculiar Case of Agnes Astor Smith (The Chronicles of Agnes Astor Smith Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Thus begins an adventure unlike any she could imagine. With great cleverness she manages to translate the ad and decides to apply for the job mostly out of curiosity.
Agnes Astor Smith is a true eccentric and Abigail is unsure how to handle her and the situation. However she answers the questions Agnes asks as best she can, wondering when the interview will actually start. It turns out she was hired from practically the moment she walked through the door. The first "test" being the newspaper ad, and the second being her promptness and admitting her curiosity. Before long she is challenged by Agnes to tell her how the library is organized, and her filing system. Abigail passes those tests with flying colors and is told to report to work after Christmas.
When Abigail starts her job in earnest, it doesn't take very long before Agnes is taking her to a museum and introducing her as her assistant to the curator. From there it is a whirlwind of activities that mysteriously leads them to the ruins of Pompeii. Ever elusive, Agness doesn't tell Abigail what they are after, yet sets her to search the ruins. This leads to a fascinating description of the ruins as well as meeting more characters that are important in the book. From here a good old fashioned mystery, complete with villain, and a search-only Agnes won't tell Abigail what they are searching for!
I was captivated by the book and the glimpse into the ancient ruins. I was frustrated by Agnes who constantly kept Abigail in the dark and never shared essential details with her. I was amazed by Abigail's innate ability to take in a situation and know what was important. I was even amazed that a tour guide, Isabelle, would be so helpful and prepared for whatever happened. This is a book that doesn't follow the expected path, but instead wanders in and out of interesting places and situations. A book where a lot of words aren't always needed, and characters are assessed and accepted quickly by Agnes. It is also a book that shows the building of self-confidence and determination of a young employee who wants to please her employer. All that and a fascinating mystery that isn't going to be easy to solve! Kudos to Ms Barker for this book and the new series. You won't want to miss this first introduction into the world of Agnes Astor Smith!