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Smoke & Lies: A Lady Arianna Regency Mystery (Lady Arianna Hadley Mystery Book 4) Kindle Edition
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- ASIN : B07C1JJL8Y
- Publication date : May 15, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 1879 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 388 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #61,433 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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First I'll say the books are good. They are interesting and seem to be well researched. They are compelling reads set in Regency England, which have kept me up well into the night on several occasions. Ms. Penrose writes well and has a fairly good vocabulary although she tends to use favorite words and expression over and again. Which is why I am perplexed by the obvious lack of proof reading.
One serious problem is that the main characters: the earl (Saybrook) & his wife the countess (Arianna), the ruthless, feared and most powerful minister of state security (Lord Grentham) and even the Scottish former comrade in arms who is a surgeon all parallel characters in the "Sabastian St Cyr Mysteries" by C. S. Harris. What Angels Fear: A Sebastian St. Cyr Mystery
There are differences in the personalities and backgrounds of the the Lord and Lady husband and wife detectives, but Lord Grentham is nearly identical to the most feared power behind the throne in Regency England, Lord Jarvis in the .."St Cyr Mysteries". Both fiercely loyal to the crown, both ruthless and feared and both end up manipulating the detective characters, with whom they are at odds. The other nearly identical character is the Scot surgeon in the Lady Arianna Regency Mysteries and the Irish surgeon in the ..."St Cyr Mysteries".
Then again there is hardly a page that doesn't have glaring grammatical errors. It's not that the writer doesn't have a good grasp of English grammar but it seems as though she is relying too much on machines and software to make the corrections.
For all of that these books are still good enough to thoroughly enjoy! So if I may give the writer some advice... Please hire a good proof reader before publishing or submitting manuscripts to a publisher. When we are going over a manuscript making changes, we become blind to glaring errors that fresh eyes should pick up!
The nautical side of the story bothered me. Terms like "frigate", "full-rigged ship", "schooner", "post ship" among others, all have specific meanings which the author does not seem to understand. A Royal Navy frigate tying up dockside seems incorrect; at that period it would normally have anchored in the harbor and communicated with the shore by ship's boat. And so on.
This led me to wonder what other research errors might be present. For example, did they really have practical "pocket pistols scarcely larger than a hand", and could they be drawn from within clothing and put into use quickly without the flintlock catching on clothing and without losing priming? I don't know.
The author seemed to show less interest in this story, considering it more of a pot boiler. The grammatical editing was noticeably bad. The verb form of words were used in places where the noun form should have been used. Many articles like 'a' 'the' or'an' were left out. It almost seemed like the editor's first language was not English. I like this author and am sad that this book didn't seem to be her best effort.
Top reviews from other countries
There are plenty of novels in this genre dealing with espionage and treason. Most of them are very poorly done .It gives the authors the excuse to introduce some low life, some separation and some mild excitement, but in most books all the fuss has very little to do with espionage.
This book is different because most of the characters are ambiguous. Circumstances make people behave in perverse ways On certain occasions they will be reliable allies. but this cannot be guaranteed. Arianna and Saybrook are in genuine danger and it is difficult to know which of their friends are on their side, and how much the aims of those in charge coincide with their own .Adversity also deepens the relationship between Arianna and her husband.
Another thing that makes this book better than most of the others is that the author has actually done some research. We all know that Napoleon escapes from Elba, raises and new army and marches across France to face the Allies at Waterloo. The novel gives some insight into the Emperor's charismatic character and what made him abandon his exile