One fine day I came upon a series of books called "Silent in the.." by an author named Deanna Raybourn.Great! I thought an historical fiction with a fOne fine day I came upon a series of books called "Silent in the.." by an author named Deanna Raybourn.Great! I thought an historical fiction with a female sleuth to boot.This can not be bad in any way. ...Well it was so-so.
I gave up my hopes for finding a good Victorian Era Lady Sleuth Book
Until I found "A most dangerous woman" by LM Jackson
It all starts when a mysterious woman called Sarah Tanner opens up a coffee house in a seedy street in Leather Lane,London.
No one knows where she comes from but her new neigbours all agree that she is bound to have a dark and mysterious PAST(thats in capital letters folks)
Not soon after she is recognized by an old friend,who hardly makes it out of the door before he is murdered.But why? Sarah decides to set out and discover the truth.
Even if it means she has to face old foes and other dickensian London obstacles.Like a Victorian female crime boss that goes by the name of "Her Majesty and her henchman,the suave and violent Symes and many other villains from the London underworld.
I was hooked.
Sarah Tanner is a bit unconventional,but she feels real within the era that she lives in.And while she isnt from exactly upper class or working class she knows how to act both downstairs and upstairs.The other characters both villains supporting character feels real and substantial.
The mystery is quite good and well thought out,as I didnt figure out who was the culprit until the protagonist did and even then youre in for some twists and turns in the plot.
Its a historical fiction,with a mystery and a heroine with a backbone that isnt a Mary Sue .Whats not to like?
I am quite sad that there probably wont be a third book in the series as the second book raises some question about the future for the main character. I even asked the author about it.
Kagama Just finished "The mesmerists apprentice"... and I found it very enjoyable.Was a bit disappointed though that it didnt feature "her Majesty" or Symes.I thought their affairs with Sarah werent quite finished.
I would also like to find out more of Sarahs past Perhaps in a future book?
LM.Jackson "Glad you enjoyed Mesmerist's ... always nice to know some people are actually reading my books! My plans for the next Sarah Tanner book definitely feature Symes and Her Majesty, and at least one crucial event from her past ... check back with me in 12 months or so ...!
In fact, I confess, Sarah Tanner's UK future hangs on a publishing knife-edge at present ... however, my books are doing well in France (merci, mes amis!) which makes another ST book more likely, even it's retrospectively published 'on-demand' by me, from the French edition (!). best wishes, Lee (ps. see my other books published as "Lee Jackson
Kagama "Vive le french!^^ Its too bad to hear..But I hope things picks up
**spoiler alert** It begins excitingly with the heroines husbands death.Then she meets a private investigator her man had hired..who thinks her husban**spoiler alert** It begins excitingly with the heroines husbands death.Then she meets a private investigator her man had hired..who thinks her husband was murdered.After that nothing happens at least halfway into the book.
And I may have overread myself on the Victorian society..but i find it hard to believe they discussed sex THAT casually (with their fathers)
A big cast of characters but not one of the manage to catch my interest or keep myself care for even the protagonists....more