- File Size: 3209 KB
- Print Length: 242 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1539958698
- Publisher: Little G Books; 2 edition (November 13, 2016)
- Publication Date: November 13, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MRJWVXN
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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I've read the other three of Carol Hedges' colourful, amusing and really rather brilliant Victorian murder mystery series, and this was every bit as good. They're complete stand alones, by the way, no need to read them in order.
Rack & Ruin follows the stories of several wonderful characters: lovely, outwardly superficial, privileged Daisy Lawton, a girl looking forward to her first 'season'; Ms Hedges very cleverly avoided the trap of making her merely empty-headed, but gave her a heart of gold, too, especially when it came to her friend, poor Letitia, who is bound to a life of drudgery by her horrible father. Then we have the would-be anarchists, Persiflage and Waxwing, Scottish detective Lachlan Greig, and various other upper middle class ne'er-do-wells, street rogues and those eager to make money by foul means, mostly the evil 'baby minders' around whom the story centres.
This book is not just a clever story with hilarious characterisation and descriptions so good you want to read them twice. It's an insight into how difficult life really was for women in those days, only 150 years ago, and a view into Victorian London as clear as any film or TV drama series. When I got to 84% I thought 'oh, no, I've only got a little bit left', and tried to make it last as long as possible.
I believe this might be the last in the series but I do hope not; as long as Carol Hedges keeps writing these books I'll keep reading them as soon as they're available, and you should, too!