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The Second Glass of Absinthe

2.98 of 5 stars 2.98  ·  rating details  ·  43 ratings  ·  16 reviews
In the American West of 1880, Leadville, Colorado, is the wealthiest mining district on earth and by far its richest mine is the Eye Dazzler.

When Lucinda Ridenour, the notorious widow-heiress to the Dazzler, chooses young Kit Randall to be her lover, Kit thinks he has the world at his feet. But when their affair sinks into depravity, he must rediscover himself and find o
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC (first published 2003)
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A mystery set in the Victorian west- intriguing, isn't it? A local mine owner known best for her ability to start a scandal is found dead, and the chief suspect her former boy toy, with whom she'd recently quarreled. The town is on the edge of strike, and tensions run high.

A great start to a mystery, and it had a lot of potential to live up to.

However, it never quite made it all the way. The characters developed- but only just enough to not be entirely one-dimensional. A great deal of plot expos
This is a fluffy, fast-paced adventure; I might go so far as to call it a "rollicking good time".

Unfortunately, I like even my escapist reading to pay attention to the basic mechanics of storytelling, otherwise I can't escape into it. Black's understanding of "old-fashioned" dialogue amounts to modern conventions(sarcasm, self-consciousness, and slang) minus contractions. Background arrives via graceless expository lumps or hilariously awkward as-you-know-bobs (the main female character actually
I generally don't rate books I don't finish but I'll
make an exception in this case. It felt like the author didn't do basic research on her setting - I kept getting pulled out of the story by clumsy mistakes. The problem with using a setting as frequently depicted and described as late 1800s Colorado is that the reader generally has a picture in mind. Having characters make
statements like '"Let's go shopping!" (really? How many times can you visit the General Store?) made this reader feel like
Much better than her previous Victorian West mystery but still nowhere near as good as Uncommon Enemy. This one had a much more developed mystery that kept me in doubt to the end. Some characters are changing in ways I do not like. Interesting setting in 1880s Leadville.
Trish Stuff
The book was alright. There was a lot I would have changed.
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After reading some of the reviews, I was concerned that this book would not live up to my expectations, but it turns out I had nothing to fear. The story moves at a fast pace, with enough humor, suspense and drama to keep anyone's interest. I do not have high expectations of mystery novels in general. For me, they are just a step ahead of brain candy, aka romance novels. I love blazing through mysteries and yearning for another one as soon as I am done. It is unfair to compare a good mystery wit ...more
Interesting tale woven from a time in History where the rich get richer on the backs of workers who get paid little compensation with no benefits,wine,debauchery,dangerous liaisons between married people,living above one's means,debt!,evil yet profession of being a saintly person by outward appearances and actions,murder,mayhem,drunkards,homosexuality,witchery,con artist & scams etc...OH WAIT!_this was during "Victorian times in America"_NOT TODAY!

As for the title_just a couple of brief men
James Elkins
My mother always said that "If you can't say something nice, you shouldn't say anything at all." First let me say that this was the first (and as of this writing only) free book received through the Goodreads First Reads program.

I can say that I want to know more about the series star Eve Murdoch, her back story sounds fascinating, and she doesn't seem to appear much or if she did it wasn't memorable. Her soon to be nephew .Kit Randall, whose poor choices drive the narrative, appears far to much
Billy Semon
The characters were likable, the story was good, it was set in the past but had a contempory feel to the movement, character interactions, and language. I did like how it dealt with topics that still cause outrage in some people today and how much more taboo it was back then. I would not shy away from this book, but it is one of those books you read on a long flight ot train ride. It will move quick and hold your attention long enough
Gusto Dave
The author of this title is an RMFW member. For that reason, we do not rate these selections. We’re kind of biased. However, it wouldn’t be right if we didn’t have them on our shelves. And you’ll see this message on any other titles that come from our members. We do hope that you’ll consider reading it, though. ;)

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Lana Kamennof-sine
Found this to be a fascinating look at the midwest during a boom - in this case coal.
The author deserves credit for including accurate historical details without detracting from the flow of the story.
I admit freely I would never have connected absinthe consumption with the american west ;-)
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
There's some interesting historical stuff in this story, but it's not nearly as good as the two that came before it in the series.
Dec 27, 2010 Lynne marked it as to-read
Thank you so much for letting me win this free book from First Reads. Looking forward to reading it. Thank you.
Dec 31, 2010 Landy marked it as to-read
Thank you Goodreads First Reads for this free book. Looking forward to reading it when I get it.
A fun read, I'm continuing on to read more in this series. Highly recommend this book.
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Michelle Black is the author of six novels of the Victorian West, including the bestselling AN UNCOMMON ENEMY. Her latest, Séance in Sepia, debuted in October 2011, and features real-life feminist firebrand, Victoria Woodhull as its protagonist. She in a Queen Anne Victorian home near Boulder, Colorado.

She was born in Kansas and studied anthropology in college. She went on to law school and gradua
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