Dark Dawn over Steep House The Gower Street Detective #5

Dark Dawn over Steep House The Gower Street Detective #5❰Download❯ ✤ Dark Dawn over Steep House The Gower Street Detective #5 Author M.R.C. Kasasian – Jobs-in-kingston.co.uk London 1884 125 Gower Street the residence of Sidney Grice London's foremost personal detective and his ward March Middleton is at peaceMidnight discussions between the great man and his charge have l London Gower over Steep PDF ☆ Street the residence of Sidney Grice London's foremost personal detective and his ward March Middleton is at peaceMidnight discussions between the great man and his charge have led to a harmony unseen in these hallowed halls since the great frog disaster of But harmony cannot last for long A knock on the Dark Dawn MOBI :¿ door brings mystery and murder once to their home A mystery that involves a Prussian Count two damsels in distress a Chinaman from Wales a gangster looking for love and the shadowy ruin of a once loved family home Steep House. To read all my book reviews plus author interviews and book excerpts visit my blog ’ve been aware of this series for some time especially their gorgeous covers but never got around to reading one although I’m a great fan of historical mysteries Therefore I was delighted to be given the opportunity by Clare at Head of Zeus to read the latest in the series Dark Dawn over Steep House Having done so I’ve now added all four of the previous books in the series to my wishlistThe story is narrated by March Middleton goddaughter of Sidney Grice March also acts as chronicler of Grice’s cases in the manner of Dr John Watson for Sherlock Holmes In fact Grice holds a similarly low opinion of March’s literary efforts as does Holmes of Watson’s Grice has the peculiar mannerisms pedantic mode of speech and keen powers of observation and deduction worthy of his fictional counterpart He is also socially inept rude possesses odd phobias and is apt to pounce on any lazy use of figurative speech However he is also the man to have in a crisis not least of which because of his superior hearing and sense of smell and seemingly endless range of canes adapted for use as weapons mechanical devices and goodness knows what elseI found some of Grice’s bon mots laugh out loud funny When a client describes having fallen into an opium fuelled stupor during an assault as being ‘almost asleep but still aware of what was going on’ he uips ‘Like an evening at the opera’ March acts as the yin to Grice’s yang being euipped with the normal social graces She is plucky resourceful and independent and being a woman she can gain access to people and situations that Grice cannot she has no aversion to the colour green Further unlike her illustrious godfather she can hold a conversation with someone without being rude to them but she has a sharp tongue when needed Marsh has experienced tragedy in her life and has survived some perilous encounters in previous cases There are intriguing and enticing references to these earlier cases scattered throughout the book but sadly no further information on the Great Frog Disaster of 1878 mentioned in the Goodreads blurb I fear that like the Giant Rat of Sumatra in the Sherlock Holmes tale ‘The Adventure of the Sussex Vampire’ this is ‘a story for which the world is not yet prepared’I loved the esoteric literary jokes such as the chapter entitled ‘The Empty House’ which as Sherlock Holmes aficionados will know is the title of one of his adventures There is a brilliant scene where Sidney and March visit the office of solicitor Silas Spry and find his underemployed clerk whiling away his time by writing a novel Glancing at the manuscript they are unimpressed by it and advise him to write about something he knows instead ‘I only know about being a clerk and not a very good one at that’ he snuffled ‘Who would be interested in the diary of a nobody?’Finally this last example is for those already lucky enough to own a copy of the book Out of curiosity March reads the first page of the clerk’s manuscript ‘There was a message engraved in the locket’ I read aloud ‘That is not a very exciting beginning’ Now turn back to Chapter 1 of your copy of the book The writing captures the atmosphere of the period and provided me with some new words to add to my vocabulary ‘eldritch’ meaning weird sinister or ghostly; and ‘sough’ meaning a whispering sound So by now you’re probably thinking this book is rather light hearted a bit too clever for its own good and a not very compelling murder mystery Well you’re wrong because as the book progresses it gets much darker in fact fairly gruesome in places The reader is transported to the seamy sualid underbelly of 19th century London – its rat infested slums maze like alleys murky side streets and seedy opium dens ruled by gangs and criminals prepared to stop at nothing to protect their patch And treachery immorality and double dealing reside behind the gentile facades of well to do London as well Dark Dawn over Steep House will bring you face to face with murder kidnap suicide disfigurement and depravity You’ll soon be immersed in the twists and turns of an intricately plotted mystery where nothing and no one should be taken at face value Grice and Marsh are not infallible and as they close in on the perpetrator there are mistakes whose conseuences must be lived with for ever I found the mixture of uirky humour eccentric characters and compelling plot really entertaining and I hope there will be another outing for Sidney Grice and March Middleton soon In the meantime I shall be catching up with the earlier books in the series I received a review copy courtesy of publishers Head of Zeus in return for an honest review This book nearly broke me the ending truly devastated me but it was so good This series keeps getting better and I can't wait for Sometimes a writer appears to pay attention to reader criticisms as in this case The previous book in this series had been so flawed by over the top writing that even now I would say one could skip it entirely and not miss much This story brings the series back on track While March is technically Grice's assistant here he serves as an advisor on a case of hers Tough to say without going into spoiler territory but the latter part of book becomes very dark indeed The villain turns out to be even sadistic than expected with a particularly gory final climax scene that was a bit tough for me to take in audio format I will say that it's important for the reader to be aware that March and Grice do overcome the emotional upheaval of the story enough to pick themselves up and move on shaken and scarred though they are by the events Implied spoilers Reluctantly I must give this five stars It is so well written One of the best in Kasasian's series but I just finished and my heart remains broken That state is how March ends the book and I'm right there with her This was wonderful but I wish I had a little catharsis at the end I wish I had a little it's gonna be ok Some of these are better than others and this one I think is one of the weaker ones Grice is just as pedantic grumpy and rude as ever but the humour in it is starting to wear thin And March just never seems to learn The story meanders the plot is confusing and the sad somber overtone doesn't work well with the humour An OK read but I think the other books in the series are bettter I love this series and have to agree with some other reviewers it is definitely getting darker Kasasian writes so well that the reader becomes totally immersed in gloomy Victorian London and all of its colourful charactersI am desperately hoping that there will be a volume 6 I really enjoyed this book and I will be looking for by this authorThe narration was superb and had me listening into the early hoursVery hard to put down Highly recommended I was introduced to this series a couple of years ago by one of Deanna Raybourn's blog posts I have absolutely loved reading it I can see why Raybourn would recommend these books March Middleton could have been one of her heroines March is a sassy unconventional Victorian woman whose “secret” smoking and drinking binges are actually her way of coping with tragic events in her past Sidney Grice is so fastidiously annoying that it’s hard not to love him His investigations with March get so twisted you don’t know which way is up until the final scene when the brilliant Mr G pieces all the clues together They feel like the literary euivalent of an Edward Gorey print Book 4 “The Secrets of Gaslight Lane” was so over the top I barely remember anything about the plot view spoilerThere was something about dead people falling from the ceiling maybe? hide spoiler A series that has run its course I think Sidny and his sidekick try and discover who is brutally assaulting women Miss March seems to get everyone she meets killed through ineptitude and there is a tragic loss which is a shocker Grice is a rude genius without the charisma of Holmes and with March being an idiot there is little to love Shame Sydney Grice's lack of graciousness has begun to wear thin The contrast between the rather dark story and the childish and at times inappropriate supposedly humorous retorts was unsettling and often than not interrupted rather enhanced the narrative