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Montmorency and the Assassins: Master, Criminal, Spy? (Montmorency #3)

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  793 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
As the nineteenth century draws to a close, war is in the air, and influenza is sweeping the globe. After twenty years as a gentleman, Montmorency is glad to be free of Scarper, his wretched alter-ego. However, when Montmorency's young friend Frank finds himself caught in the middle of a murderous political plot, Montmorency may have no choice but to call upon none other t
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published May 20th 2005 by Scholastic
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Apr 22, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: old
The third book in the excellent historical thriller series, this is the last one I read. Longer series generally do not sit well with me for some reason. I either lose interest or they gradually decline in quality. Fortunately, neither was the case here. This book is every bit as good as the first two.

The plot of this one becomes much more political than the last two (not in the sense of being a manifesto, but it involves itself in political events of the time), which is a controversial turn but
Aug 22, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adventure, victorian
This story is set at least two decades later than the previous volume. It also takes place over two years. I suppose in real life this would be realistic for people investigating against anarchist plots in multiple locations on different continents, but it was a little odd to read, especially as they kept referring to people and events that occurred in the years between the books, that reader only gets glimpses of. Overall, it was quite different in feel from the previous books, which were also ...more
Feb 28, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the first book in this series Thief, Liar, Gentleman?. Yes, the story stretches the limits of believability. An urchin with no education is readily accepted as a member of the upper classes in Victorian London. His transformation from callous thief to refined gentleman occurs overnight upon his attending his first opera. Yet, I decided to accept these improbable twists and go along with the story.

But the second book Montmorency On The Rocks: Doctor, Aristocrat, Murderer? took a turn for
Tales Untangled
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I thought it was quite intriguing how Updale made the workers plight so immediate. She showed how a young person could easily be swayed into a fanatic belief and behavior that reminded me of the current political climate with terrorists attracting young men today. It was insightful to see the class distinction present in Paterson, New Jersey, USA as well as in London, England and Florence, Italy. The plight of migrant workers is another current political and social problem that has been faced fo ...more
Dayna Smith
The third book in the Montmorency saga continues the tale begun in the second book. Montmorency & George head to Italy to trace some stolen museum pieces only to find themselves involved in stopping an underground plot to bring down the crowned heads of Europe. When George's nephew Frank finds himself involved in the murderous political plot, Montmorency, Farcett, Vi, and Tom travel to America with Frank. The ending is sad and the story has some unexpected plot twists. It sets up the fourth ...more
Hazel West
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thoughts on the Overall Book: Wow, as I said in my review of "Montmorency on the Rocks" these books just keep getting better and better and this one definitely did not disappoint. It kept me guessing right to the end, and it took a completely different turn from where I thought it was going to when I first started it. I loved the story line of this one too. Not that the others weren't good, but the intrigue and the plots involving the Italian activists was really interesting because I have never ...more
Jun 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a great read and good time consumer. I've taken so much time with it though :P. Partly because I didnt have time to read for a few days but also becuase it was boring in the middle. Everything was exciting in the first few chapters becuase its been more than ten years since we last heard of Montmorency and friends so it was nice to know how everything was going again. And they had a new mission too! It was to recover stolen artifacts belonging to a introvert collector. They even had to go ...more
Kathleen Fowler
Reading the third book of a series first cannot possibly result in the best possible reading experience, so that may have contributed to my disappointment with this one. There is also the fact that this book is meant for a YA audience, and I am by no stretch of the imagination a young adult. As a frequent reader and connoisseur of YA fiction, however, I feel justified in putting in my two cent’s worth.

My first objection is to the length of the book. The story seems unnecessarily drawn out, and
Looking at the Goodreads rating descriptions (where two stars = "it was ok" and three stars = "liked it"), I had a hard time figuring out where I would put this book. It's one of those "it was ok ... but I liked it anyway!" sorts of books. I found it on the sidewalk and picked it up without having heard of the author or the series. It seemed promising—London! Italy! Intrigue! 1898!—but as I started reading, I was a little grumpy. Updale is sometimes too reliant on clichés or otherwise eye-roll-i ...more
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Do you like reading books that are very unique and have interesting plotlines? Do you like the concept of a character that can be a low-class man, and also a noble gentleman? Do you like books based on Shakespearean form of writing? Not only this is a mystery novel that makes you think, it also has some thrilling parts where you find yourself on the edge of a chair.

This book takes place around late 1800s and the setting is in Europe, so it fits the Shakespearean form of writing. This book is ac
Jun 18, 2008 rated it it was amazing
i am an unabashed fan of the Montmorency series, but i approach each one slowly and with trepidation, fearful of being disappointed. Updale has yet to disappoint, however. this third installment is as intricate and delightful as its predecessors. perhaps even more so: the plot is wonderfully cluttered and yet economical. everything serves a distinct purpose so that the jigsaw of events all lend themselves to an operatic conclusion (literally!)

all that said, i will temper my enthusiasm with two s
Oct 18, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who like historical fiction
The third book in Montmorency books series is ,Montmorency and the Assassins, by Eleanor Updale. Montmorency is still doing detective work after 20 years. This time he is on the trail of anarchists. But puts frank, lord George Fox-Selwyn nephew, to do the undercover works since he can understand Italian, and some of the anarchists are either Italian or living with Italians. Since frank is still a teenager he still gets into trouble by helping out the anarchists instead stopping them. He gets so ...more
Nick Lopez
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have recently finished reading Montmorency And the Assassins.This book is about a man named Montmorency who is facing troubles throughout the world and with his friends.Montmorency recently was released of scarper,which is his wretched alter ego.Later in the story,Montmorency’s young friend frank,finds himself in the middle of a murderous political plot,leaving montmorency no choice but to ask help from scarper.this part of the book confused me because montmorency tells in the story how he dis ...more
Oct 28, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
More accurate to say: STOPPED reading. And I don't do that very often. And yes, I'm instantly going from FIVE stars to ONE star with one book in a series. Not what you would expect, but this is a real fall off in quality and the features which make the first two so enjoyable are now gone.

To begin with, this book is set twenty years down the road from the last book. And that means we live a different world in terms science, technology, etc. And that, simply put, is one that is less interesting.
I found this book to be just as good as the previous two in the series. It contains just the right amount of action. To be honest, I was a little dismayed when the focus was mainly set on Frank, but I didn't allow myself to stop reading just because of that one factor. Instead, I enjoyed the book for what it was; an amazing book.

Just as we thought that Scarper was gone, he returns in another form, Frank. A bad influence as always, Scarper takes Frank under his wing and creates a new personality
Cathrine Bonham
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I liked this installment much more than the first two books in the series. I think it was the addition of the younger character Frank. This a YA series and until now there had never been any young adult characters.

But the fact that this is really Frank's story does take away a little bit from the fact that Montmorency is the title character. It felt almost like Montorency's sole purpose in the novel was just to play mentor to this young protege.

Anyway Frank gets mixed up with the wrong crowd a
This is a very good book. It never ceases to amaze me when a book from the back shelves of the library completely enthralls me.
I love a good ending, especially one that you could not possibly be expecting. It shows a low sense of sentimentality, which always makes a story more interesting.
One tiny issue (and I really mean tiny) is that some of the smaller plots were a little predictable, but this does not take anything away from the fact that I read this book almost constantly (obviously not i
Jan 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not much has really changed. The plot really slowed. It has put a lot of descripton into the scene, but really, their just in the middle of the ocean. Since then though they have met a rich stock investor named blake harrington. Blake really racks on montmorency and the rest, but montmorency has also gotten an interest in a permanant stay in america, after meeting mary, an abslolutely buetiful, and intelligent woman. Mary, unlike cissie in Montmorencys early stages, is Actually perfect comparite ...more
Lady Knight
Montmorency never disappoints! This time around twelve years have passed and Vi and Tom (whom she was pregnant with at the end of the last book) are settled on Tarimond. George, Robert, and Montmorency float back and forth between the island and London. George's brother, Gus, lost his wife to the influenza and decided to take himself and his boys, Frank and Alexander, on a trip through Europe to shake themselves out of a funk. The trip will change everyone's lives as Frank gets involved with int ...more
Casey Neal
Dec 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think this book is a bit better than the first two because of it finding the right tone for the story. The humor is good and fits in with the dark plot of the story (the end decides to go really dark and pull a twist though). The only aggravating part about it though is its time jump, seriously, 20 years? Woah, still pretty good though. You should probably like this one if you were disappointed in the first one's lightness for such a story, but still enjoyed the humor. Deeper meaning? People r ...more
Casseus Holt
The general trend of the exposition was adequate to give away story, and yet capture the thoughts of the characters. Much applause should be given to the author for capturing the excitement of many event transpiring, including but not limited to Edison, the conspiracy, and many events transpiring within the 'evil' plot of this journey.
Additionally, the environment of dissatisfaction within the main antagonists' hearts do line up with many history lines accurately which is most arguably the main
Updale manages to weave an exciting, elaborate tale, only to end up never fully explaining or finishing it, really. And when I've lived and breathed along with the characters for 403 pages, this is a serious complaint. It's almost as though she ran out of time and just sort of jumbled together an ending. She raises some social questions, explores some injustices, introduces opposing viewpoints, but by the end she ignores it all and leaves you hanging. If you really liked the previous two books, ...more
Anna Tatelman
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I found myself irritated at how much of this novel revolved around Frank (it's not that I don't find him interesting . . . I'm just more interested in the characters that have been with us since book one!), not to mention just how many freaking plotlines there were, there is still enough of the series original charm -- well-crafted characters, the dual nature of London and surrounding areas, and a delightful writing style -- to keep me happy. Even despite the huge tragedy at the end (keepi ...more
May 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Excellent installment in this series. Lots going on, lots of political action, plotting, and still the character development continues. Some of the characters take a voyage to America in this book! Exciting! In the foreword the author acknowledges how some events are fiction and some are not. So, this is kind of like an historical fiction. Awesome!

We find out who Tom's father is in this book. Good job in keeping me guessing!

On to what I think is the final book. I wonder how it will all wrap up.

May 12, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've had a tough time with this series, and I think the problem was reading them all in a row. If I had read one, waited a while, and then come back they would have seemed fresh and engaging, but all in a row they're sort of maddening.

The characters are so broadly written, it's difficult to get fully immersed and despite several intense story lines, I did find myself flipping forward to just get to the end already on a few of the books.

So good, especially for fans of Sherlock style stories or go
Jan 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The third book in Montmorency books series is ,Montmorency and the Assassins, by Eleanor Updale. Hot on the trail of anarchists across the globe. Montmorency is bussing himself more than ever. In this book, we see a resurgence of Montmorency's old alter ego in his close friend George. A stunningly captivating book, the series dabbles in many historic events and includes possible references to the first world war. Even though it is the third book in the series, one does not need to read the previ ...more
Sylvia Walker
I jumped into the middle of this series, and therefore I've missed the getting-to-know-you with the characters that readers who started with book number one enjoyed. The history in the book is heartbreaking, with the anarchy and murders, and the author shows how a young, naive man can be seduced and corrupted by political dogma. The characters didn't spark enough for me to want to go back and start with the first book, but it's an action-driven and well-written YA novel.
Nov 29, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Montmorency, master, criminal, spy. This book contains mystery, danger, and adventure. The ending is shocking and mysterious.they are attempting to save the queen, and that's dangerous, for them at least. Also, they go to two different countries, and so many other places, what an adventure! Montmorency is a mystery book for those people who like crime novels and mystery novels, like Sherlock Holmes.

Feb 23, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There needs to be a section for "gave up reading". I enjoyed this series when I was younger, but perhaps my tastes have changed over time. Still wonderfully informative, with lively characters and great historical details, but the aspects that bothered me in the previous books were even more obvious in this addition. Sometimes there's too much exposition, and not enough solidity to the characters. I gave up after four chapters.
April Helms
Dec 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults (11+) and adults
So far, this is the strongest, most gripping book in the series. It takes place about 20 years after Montmorency's release from prison, and "Scarper" is all but gone. When he and George Fox-Selwyn are called to investigate a case of missing items from a museum, George's young nephew unwittingly gets embroiled in something dangerous. I don't want to give away the ending -- I will only say that I saw the gist of it coming -- and it still shocked me.
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Eleanor Updale studied history at St. Anne's College, Oxford, before becoming a producer of TV and radio current affairs programmes for the BBC. Her first children's novel, Montmorency, won the Silver Smarties Prize and the Medway Book Award.
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