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London Dust

3.13  ·  Rating details ·  64 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
A young woman, Natalie Meadows, jumps from Blackfriars Bridge, escaping from the horror she has just witnessed. But she is rescued and feels duty-bound to find out who murdered her best friend, the music hall star Nellie Warwick, and why. Natalie reinvents herself as Flora Thorne and finds a position as housemaid to the Reverend Wallace and his daughter. From the sanctuary ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published March 6th 2003 by Arrow
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J'ai aimé ce livre, malgré quelques points qui m'ont un peu déçue et dont je parlais totu de suite après. J'ai acheté ce livre il y a pas mal de temps maintenant, je l'avais commencé mais allez savoir pourquoi, à l'époque je n'avais pas accroché et je n'avais pas le temps de vraiment entrer dans le livre. Je pense que c'est surtout les points mentionnés plus haut qui m'avaient un peu gênée, et du coup je n'ai pas eu envie d'aller plus loin.
La petite bande de papier autour du livre indique "polar
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Un polar victorien qui avait tout pour me plaire, et qui finalement me laisse perplexe. La noirceur de la période est assez bien évoquée et on nous présente Londres dans ce qu'elle a de plus sordide. La galerie de personnages est plutôt conséquente, peut-être trop, justement, malgré son intéressante variété de caractères. On nous balade de l'un à l'autre à un rythme assez soutenu, alternant la première personne avec Nathalie Meadows, soupçonnée de meurtre mais prétendue noyée, et à la troisième ...more
Enamoured with author Lee Jackson (aka LM Jackson)'s later works ("A Most Dangerous Woman" and "The Mesmerist's Apprentice"), I had high hopes when I started his debut novel, "London Dust".

What a disappointment!

Although well-received by critics, I found "London Dust" to be needlessly chaotic with Jackson skipping from character to character and unearthing irrelevant facts at warp speed.

For me, this was more a work-in-progress than a critically-acclaimed debut masterpiece.
Feb 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this book - gotten for a dollar at Half Price Books, yeah! - was attracted to it because it is a murder mystery set in 1890s London.... it incorporates the streets of London, the underworld of poverty, giving a modern Dickensian story.... felt the ending was a bit of a "cheat," but overall the layers of Victorian London life kept me interested and the characters were very compelling - even those who enter the story for merely a few pages, such as the mudlarks who sift the banks of the Th ...more
Jun 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Ok, interesting, but ending a bit "shlocky". Seems like an early novel, which it was, his first.
although I like his later works better, I quite liked this one and for other reviews saying, that he jumps around, yes, but if you concentrate you can easily keep up with the story.
May 29, 2012 rated it liked it
I usually like this guy, but some how, this just bounced back and forth between perspectives, and I found it really distracting.
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Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was ok
Mis à part l'intérêt de parcourir les bas-fonds londoniens de la fin du 19ème, la vacuité de l'intrigue pousse irrémédiablement ce livre hors de mes bibliothèques...
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L.M. JACKSON lives in London with his partner Joanne. His first book, London Dust, was shortlisted for the Ellis Peters Historical Dagger Award. He is fascinated by the social history of Victorian London and spends much of his time on the ongoing development of his website.
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