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Cut to the Quick by Kate Ross
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Sep 24, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: historical-fiction, mystery, adult-fiction
Read in October, 2009

I'm so glad I picked this one up, in spite of the off-putting cover (which isn't even accurate! She was stabbed in the back!) Julian Kestrel bears some resemblance to a young Lord Peter, minus the sobering effects of World War I. Julian is a bit of a dandy, and we get to see him gradually take on a more substantial life. I can't wait to see where the other books take him. The book is the perfect combination of character-driven mystery (although the plot wasn’t too shabby), period setting, snark, and the occasional moving, touching moment. Quite nicely told.

“You’re cynical. I thought you would be. Can you sneer?”

“With terrifying effect.”
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