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- Print Length: 329 pages
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- Publisher: Sapere Books (April 11, 2019)
- Publication Date: April 11, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07MVKT4S2
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #159,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Quickening and the Dead: Murder and mystery in Victorian London (Charles Dickens Investigations Book 4) Kindle Edition
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Familiar characters revisit these pages, the ones that I have come to regard as friends, almost family. Inspector Jones, Sargeant Rogers, the Feaks, the Scruggs, Elizabeth, Eleanor, Tom, Poll, and Scrap...so many who have captured my heart. These books are woven tapestries of words providing hours of reading and hours more of thought.
I highly recommend this book & the other books in the series for your reading enjoyment. I do not believe that you can read just one so start with the Murder of Patience Brooks and become as addicted as I have!
Three girls murdered. There is a link of a spurious awful Doctor who has used his position of supposedly being moral and ethical to ruin three women and on further investigations many more.Annie is in Newgate prison for the murder of Dr.Plume and it does not help that she does not talk about the case to support herself.
Collaborating with Sam Jones, both he and Charles Dickens believe that the girl is innocent and now they have to find out through a very complicated web of people, stories and deceit to find out exactly what went on and how they can get Annie set free.
The setting was a very good one but poor downtrodden London is a far cry from the fashionable soirees and houses of London's aristocracy. The wealthy had it all and the poor were left in miserable conditions. It is no wonder that death took away so many children and people alike as disease was rampant.
Descriptions of the poorer parts of London were heartbreakingly rough.I felt I had to skip paragraphs as it was too graphic for me but then this is part of the story. It was a very good introduction to Dickensian England.
I found the beginning of this mystery—well, mysterious...since it begins years before the main part of the novel...
You will do it a disservice if you being thinking to jump into a mystery that Dickens and Jones are immersed in or even to catch up with the recurring characters that people them...
It takes a while to move the train out of the station and make some speed, but once the journey is underway it compels the reader into the harsh world people were faced with—especially those w/o many options...and those always include women and girls and children...
I read this and thought about child slavery and sex trafficking and how some classes of people even today are often not held accountable for their actions...
The author managed to combine social commentary and the unraveling of several mysteries w/o sacrificing either one to the other.
I look forward to more in this unique and addicting series...
And as Dickens and his helpers, and Inspector Jones and his fellow policemen crisscross London and farther flung environs searching for the truth, readers are treated to descriptive passages that are breathtakingly beautiful and terribly dark at the same time. And brush up on your English poets. You will find Tennyson and William Blake within these pages.
The ending will satisfy and sadden. Looking very much forward to the next in the series.
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There are grizzly aspects of this story which are surprising to me historically. The research carried out has obviously been thorough and painstaking and Victorian London comes across as a black and white sort of city. You were either comfortable or you were in squalor.
At the beginning, there is a prologue of chapters which introduce you to each of the women whose lives have been shaped by events yet to appear in the book and the story is well-structured and moves along nicely. The important thing for me is that Dickens is an entirely believable investigative sidekick to his police companion. Jones is as essential to this Victorian double act as Dickens and is generally in control of everything throughout. As you would expect the police officer to be.
The more gruesome aspects are not as graphic as many modern day contemporaries and this adds to the book's charm. It is evident what is happening without the need to titilate or bludgeon the reader with an anatomical truncheon.
All in all, highly entertaining but with very dark undertones that paint the era and the city as a time and a place of upper class repression and social deprivation. The villians here are both rich and poor and their crimes are borne out of a mixture of apathy at one end of the scale and necessity at the other. Read it. You'll enjoy it.