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Carver's Quest

3.05  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
It is 1870. When amateur archaeologist Adam Carver and his loyal but obdurate retainer Quint are visited in their lodgings in London's Doughty Street by an attractive young woman, their landlady is not pleased. The visitor's arrival pitches Carver and Quint headlong into an elaborate mystery which comes to centre on the existence (or not) of a lost text in Ancient Greek, ...more
Paperback, 448 pages
Published June 1st 2013 by Corvus (first published April 5th 2013)
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Robin Carter
Jun 09, 2013 Robin Carter rated it liked it

This book has much to make it appeal to the reader of Historical Fiction and Historical Crime Fiction because it is advertised as Flashman meets Sherlock Holmes. The only problem with that description is that it builds a level of anticipation in the reader. There isn’t even the smallest spark of Flashman in this novel, and the only similarity to a Sherlock Holmes novel is the time period and that Carver has a sidekick.

This isn’t a bad book, its just not a thrilling book, well not for the f
Jul 04, 2013 Ruth rated it liked it
Shelves: crime-historical
c2013: FWFTB: archaeologist, mystery, treasure, blackmail. Once again, the synopsis on the back of the book mentions key facts that only come to light towards the end of the tale. Very annoying. This book was obviously meticulously researched but got a bit wordy at times. The atmosphere of upper and middle class Victorian England is captured with skill. Although the main character was described towards the beginning of the book ie " Tall and well built, he filled out the evening dress he was wea ...more
Well-to-do fellow around town, but with no discernible means of income, Adam Carver finds himself confronted with a mystery when a strange chap approaches him at his club’s most exclusive of dinners talking of untold wealth and asking that he visit one day next week. This is not Carver’s first mysterious meeting of the month; earlier an attractive young woman had appeared at his rooms seeking (unspecified) help, only to mysteriously disappear.

So begins a Victorian mystery of relics, pride and ar
Robert Hepple
Apr 11, 2014 Robert Hepple rated it liked it
The novel is more about Victoriana, and less about plot. The main characters spend a lot of time wandering around Victorian London while the plot stands still. Just as well, since the plot is quite flimsy and relies on a few more coincidences than needed. As remarked by other reviewers, the main character is a bit wooden, he is just a vehicle to allow the reader to observe the story - other than that, most of the plot would probably be the same even if you omitted the main character. In spite of ...more
Dec 14, 2014 Campbell rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Mixed feelings about this.

Good points: Victorian London was lovingly and vividly brought to life. The main story itself was a good one.

Bad points: pacing was all over the place. Too much exposition of things that had happened previously (there were two whole chapters where one character explained to another what was going on!)

On the whole, a forgettable novel but there were just enough hints of promise that any future novels in this series might be worth reading.
Finished the book this morning. I feel this book does not know what it wants to be. A victorian detective novel or a treasure hunt in Europe. I will admit thwe ending did surprise me and would push me to give a 3.5
Peter Kent
Sep 24, 2013 Peter Kent rated it really liked it
A good amateur detective novel set in the world of Victorian England archeologist with a passion for Ancient Greece. The characters are developed well but It is slow in parts, but not so slow that you will fall into skim reading. It ends well, so 'alls well'.
Feb 22, 2014 Oblomov rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Sherlock Holmes or Flashman, but an entertaining mystery set in Victorian London and Greece, involving blackmailers, archaeologists and buried treasure seen through the eyes if protagonist Adam Carver and his man servant Quint.
Emma Slaughter
Feb 05, 2015 Emma Slaughter rated it liked it
A cross between Sherlock Holmes and the Da Vinci Code in style, this pairing has potential but the book was a little disappointing.
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A ripping yarn.
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Nick Rennison is a writer, editor and bookseller. His books include Sherlock Holmes: An Unauthorised Biography, Robin Hood: Myth, History, Culture, The Bloomsbury Good Reading Guide and 100 Must-Read Historical Novels. He is a regular reviewer of historical fiction for both The Sunday Times and BBC History Magazine.
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