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The Glass of Time by Michael Cox
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Nov 02, 09

bookshelves: historical-fiction, crime, literary, suspense-fiction
Read in October, 2009

This Victorian mystery is a sequel to The Meaning of Night that is narrated by an intelligent young woman, Esperanza Alice Gorst. Although an orphan and never knowing her parents, Esperanza was raised by a guardian, Madame de l’Orme, in France and tutored by Basil Thornbaugh. She is sent to England on arrangements by her guardian to become a lady’s maid for the 25th Baroness Tansor, formerly Miss Emily Carteret, widow at the magnificent estate of Evenwood. Esperanza’s “Great Task” is to ingratiate herself with Lady Tansor while waiting to learn the reason behind her secret mission which her guardian has promised in three letters to be sent before year end. Encouraged to keep a journal, Esperanza carefully records all of her opinions and observations on Emily Tansor’s life, two sons, friends, acquaintances and household staff.

Once Experanza learned what her “Great Task” was I thought the ending would be typical for the situation, but the author provided some unusual twists and turns at the very end.

The historical detail of the Victorian era is superbly done combined with rich character development and writing style that the author uses to draw the reader into his world. The clues are revealed gradually that points to the drama of the narrative filled with conspiracies, villains, murders, betrayals, romance, fate, and hidden documents. Michael Cox has crafted a page turner filled with dark secrets, people with questionable pasts, and interesting sub-characters that are expected during the Victorian era. All perfect elements for escaping into an excellent book.

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