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Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross
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Feb 01, 09

bookshelves: historical, mystery
Read in January, 2009

First in a series starring rake-turned-detective Julian Kestrel. Julian is a fabulously entertaining character, which is just as well, since the actual mystery here is a bit subpar. There's an awful lot of interminable chatting about this suspect or that clue, which gets mighty old mighty quick, but the charm of Julian, his servant and former thief Dipper, and the all-too-little-used young heiress Philippa Fontclair make the sometimes dull plot worth plodding through.

The characters were enough to hook me. Here's hoping the plots of future stories in the series are more entertaining! (And I hope Philippa makes a reappearance in seven years--or sooner--to give Julian a run for his money!)
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