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The Birth of Blue Satan (Blue Satan And Mrs. Kean #1)

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In the turbulent reign of George I in England, Gideon Viscount St. Mars is accused of murdering his own father. Having no friends in the courts, he must escape to avoid being hanged. With the help of Hester Kean, the only person who believes in his innocence, he assumes the guise of highwayman "Blue Satan" to investigate the political intrigue that caused his father's deat ...more
Hardcover, 325 pages
Published March 1st 2001 by Pemberley Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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Apr 09, 2012 Silverdrake rated it it was amazing
The Birth of Blue Satan opens with a scene in which Gideon is being dressed by his valet. It's all ruffles and furbelows as his handsome features and fair locks are delineated. However, this frivolous character must quickly acquire depth as he is plunged into a conspiracy that plummets him from the apex of society to its nadir. As luck would have it, the object of Gideon's desire has a poor relation tagging along in the form of Mrs. Keane. Though forced to be circumspect by her circumstances, sh ...more
This novel is the first in a trilogy, here are the books in order;
The Birth of Blue Satan
The Spider's Touch
The Motive From the Deed

I was really glad that I had gotten my hands on all three of Patricia Wynn's mysteries in this trilogy because the end of the first one leaves readers completely hanging. I had to immediately begin the second book to find out what happened to the hero and heroine after the last page of 'The Birth of Blue Satan'.

I liked this story with the backdrop of English his
NOTE: Gabaldon and historical mystery fans take note; this is a wonderful series and a good one to hold you over between "Outlander" books. I read all three books, one right after the last, in three days.

THE BIRTH OF BLUE SATAN (Hist. Mys- Gideon Fitzsimmons/Hester Kean-England-1715) – VG+
Wynn, Patricia – 1st in series
Pemberley, 2001, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0970272707

First Sentence: The tall, young gentleman with long, fair hair and aquiline features lounged impatiently before the looking-glass.

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Feb 26, 2012 Lelia Taylor rated it it was amazing
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The Birth of Blue Satan
Patricia Wynn
Pemberley Press, 2001
ISBN 0970272707
Hardcover–also available in Trade Paperback

Gideon Viscount St. Mars, son of the Earl of Hawkhurst, is a somewhat reluctant part of the aristocratic social world of George I’s London. Being members of the Tory party makes him and his father, the Earl of Hawkhurst, anathema to the king, who has been convinced by the Whigs that Tories are loyal to the Pretender. Gideon, though, is in love with the
daughter of a Whig and can be f
Hugh Vincent
May 05, 2015 Hugh Vincent rated it it was amazing
I found the The Birth of Blue Satan remarkably engaging to read. I love historical fiction that is well researched and presented within a plausible context that causes the reader to experience the reality of the time. Patricia Wynn accomplishes this with ease. Her characters are believable and the story well-written and engaging. Although I'm not an avid student of the period in the book - post Jacobite Hanoverian period - I found I enjoyed learning about the backdrop of the story as much as I d ...more
Micah Persell
Jan 18, 2012 Micah Persell rated it it was amazing
Wow, am I so glad I stumbled upon this author. She spoke at my local chapter for RWA, so I picked up the first two books in this series on a lark...and two days later, after I had devoured them, I purchased the remaining two books that are currently written. They're the perfect blend between Jane Austin-type sweet romance (Although, these are set in an entirely different era!) and Agatha Christie-type mystery. I literally cannot put down a Blue Satan book until I've finished it. Read them; read ...more
LOVE this book. Hester's intelligent without being a pain in the butt, St. Mars is sympathetic, attractive and just awesome and the plot and time period is interesting and full of spying, intrigue and interest. Wynn is a great writer (and thanks for the note at the end...i thought the King's touch would be syphilis lol)
Great read, and now one of my favorite books. I'm off to buy the others!
Sep 13, 2016 Cheryl rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This, the first in a series, was a fun read with great characters and the fabulous setting in the era of the Great Pretender. Quite a comedy of manners also I found myself laughing out loud many times. Pretty good mystery also this one ends in a cliff hanger.
Nov 11, 2014 Barb rated it it was amazing
The first several pages had me worried, but then I became totally immersed in this historical fiction about royal (or wannabe) life in 18th century England. Throw in a little romance and I was completely absorbed. Can't wait to read the next 3 in the series.
May 12, 2014 Maria rated it really liked it
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If you like the Georgian period of English history, you'll love this book. All the intrigue, romance, and "swashbuckling" you'd ever want. Part of a series. Can't wait to get into book # 2.
Feb 13, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was ok
A fluffy period romance that's the first in a series. I liked the two protagonists and the mystery was sufficiently slippery. I would read the next in the series if I stumbled across it.
The Mrs. Kean story line was fine, if cliched, but the Gideon story line was utterly ridiculous, with poor characterization and silly actions.
Sep 15, 2013 Bookworm rated it liked it
it was a book I picked up on 'blind date with a book' at the library. An easy and enjoyable read, I ordered tje aecond in the seriea from the library.
Dec 09, 2010 Carrol rated it liked it
The substance of the book got better as I got deeper into it. It was good enough to want to read the sequels.
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The first book in what is likely an addictive series for those who enjoy historical mysteries.
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Wynn was born in Houston, Texas, and earned a history degree from Rice University in 1972. She later attended the American Graduate School of International Management in Glendale, Arizona, for her Masters, and gave up a respectable career in international banking to make an abortive attempt at entering veterinary school. Deciding to stay at home and take care of her children instead, she has dedic ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Blue Satan And Mrs. Kean (5 books)
  • The Spider's Touch (Blue Satan And Mrs. Kean, #2)
  • Motive from the Deed (Blue Satan And Mrs. Kean, #3)
  • A Killing Frost (Blue Satan And Mrs. Kean, #4)
  • Acts of Faith (Blue Satan And Mrs. Kean, #5)

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