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Rose by Martin Cruz Smith
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Jun 11, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2006


This book is an original mystery story wrapped in a somewhat poetic prose full of antique English words. The author has put his efforts in the construction of a though character Blair, the mining engineer and African gold mining explorer, unwillingly taking an assignment imposed by his boss. Blair is forced to mix with people and surroundings absolutely hostile to him, he finds himself enduring the everyday hardships of life in the gritty mining town of Wigan, in Central England during Victorian Times. He has to do this job if he wants to get more funding for his work in his beloved Africa where he longs to return

The story has two mysteries:

Beginning chapters and whole book ¿ Where is the curate John Maypole ? He disappeared right before his engagement to Charlotte Hannay the spoiled daughter of Mr Hannay, bishop of Wigan and Blair boss apparently in a accidental mine explosion
¿What was a curate doing underground in a mine ?

Gradually progressing ¿ Who is actually Rose ? The pit girl living beyond her means and for whom Maypole had a crush,
Many surprises were left for ending chapters

Being myself a safety engineer I have been impressed by the thorough research the author has made about the risk of explosions associated to the build up of methane gas in confined spaces such as those found in mines. I have learned a lot so I will probably get back to this book for references, thank you Mr Smith !!
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