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Whom the Gods Love: Julian Kestrel #3 (Julian Kestrel Mysteries #3)

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Fans of Regency-era romances will love this series, featuring the dashing Julian Kestrel. But it will also be catnip for devotees of classic gentlemen-sleuth mysteries, like those by Dorothy Sayers: with his quips, his impeccable tailoring and his knack for solving "problems" that baffle the police, Kestrel is the spiritual godfather to Lord Peter Wimsey
ebook, 391 pages
Published December 15th 2012 by Felony & Mayhem (first published 1995)
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Lynn Spencer
Aug 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My favorite Julian Kestrel book so far. This book centers on a mysterious killing that took place during a party at the victim's home. Alexander Falkland, who sounds like he was the up and coming golden boy of London society, was bludgeoned to death in his own home. While almost no one has an airtight alibi, the house was crawling with people- who don't seem to have seen anything. Mysterious indeed.

Enter Julian Kestrel to solve the mystery. Julian finds a house full of people who aren't quite wh
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Nicole
Nov 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 19thcentury, mystery
Number 3 in the doomed Julian Kestrel series. I've already said that #4 is my favorite of the series, and maybe it is, but depending upon the day, Whom the Gods Love is actually my favorite, and not just because it was the last one I read. I thought this book was the most poetic in its structure and had the best mystery of the series. It's the one I want to read again the most, but every time I go to start it, I feel too sad at the thought that there are no more books in the series and stop.
SarahC
Jan 29, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of well written mystery, Regency mystery
Recommended to SarahC by: saw it on a book list on Amazon
Shelves: mystery
The best mystery I have read in years. The characters are interesting and the mystery plot is solid and carries through well to the end. It is has a period setting, but I believe the writing is so well-constructed that many readers of good mystery would enjoy it even if you usually prefer more modern settings.

Ross made her detective Kestrel a charming mover in the high society of London, but his true more moderate backgroup shows through in the character. The story has humor but it is also a com
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Princessjay
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
3.5 STARS

Enjoyable.

And yet, the victim had such extreme personality that he became a cardboard version of a cliche. Plot is rather convoluted--although masterfully so--but some of the twists defies belief.

As usual, Regency details and atmosphere masterfully rendered. The living characters are all unique and vivid, act and react in ways that makes sense for who they are. A very good locked drawing room mystery.

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Jamie Collins
A good read; I liked this more than the second book, and I look forward to the last one. There are sadly only four of these, as the author died young.

Kestrel is a late-Regency dandy who has acquired curiously strong reputation as a detective after solving two murders amidst the English aristocracy. The mystery is a decent one, if a touch melodramatic, but it would have worked better for me if I hadn’t recently read another book with a very similar plot twist.

The writing is quite good and Kestrel
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Hirondelle
I read the series all out of order, so this turned out to be the last one I read. And it is perhaps the best, though I do mean to reread #4 The Devil in Music just to make sure.

Julian Kestrel, regency dandy turned detective (though really this is much better written than one would think from the description) investigate the murder of societys golden boy. And wow, I loved this book - the plot is complex and very strong ( I did see one small plot point, but then again there was no way around that
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Elizabeth
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was excellent! The author's writing is a delight - I found myself rereading passages just to enjoy her turn of phrase a bit longer. Took me 9 days to finish this book, as I was savoring the experience. The plot is quite complicated - 2 murders and a life-threatening accident. I was kept in suspense throughout and enjoyed the thrilling (though somewhat drawn-out) conclusion.
Taryn
Sep 15, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Heather
May 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good, it totally made me forgive the author for the "romance" in the previous book in the series.
Ruby Bibi
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly one of the best written mysteries

-Extremely well done and very interesting mystery presented to Julian Kestrel by Sir Malcolm. Sir Malcolm’s son, Alexander Falkland, has been killed. Alexander was a wonder child. He was only about Julian’s age, about 25, but he was loved by everyone. He wrote letters of deep philosophical and legal arguments to his father, who was a judge; he was a socialite who held lavish parties; he was an accomplished investor who made a good deal of money; and was a l
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Eileen
Jul 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-nook-books
I read the first book in 2013 and quickly bought and read the second. Then I found the author, had passed at an early age, and there were only four Julian Kestrel books. As I was getting hooked on the series, I decide to stop there. Recently, while browsing, I saw book #3, and decided to finish the series.

I'm so glad I did. This was well done and well written. I found it was hard to put the book down. It is reminiscent of the way CS Harris writes. The depth of the characters, the plot, the twis
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Spiderorchid
Jan 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Kate Ross really outdid herself with the third of the Julian Kestrel mysteries: suspense, humour, heartbreak and a well-constructed who-done-it (and why-done-it) that has you turning the pages. The early 19th century setting and atmosphere are perfect and the characters are interesting. Ross not only wrote excellent historical crime novels, she made you care about the characters and that's all the difference between a good book and a great one.
I have a new favourite.
Bridget
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Witty and charming sleuth solving mysteries, yes please. A great summer read.
H
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The mystery of Alexander Falkland’s murder was my introduction to Julian Kestrel. It is a good mystery with an entertaining set of suspects.
Ann
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So many twists and turns. A great romp.
Mel
May 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the best mystery! Every time I thought I knew what's what I was wrong! It was wonderful to follow along as Julian made his discoveries! Excellent, excellent novel, Kate Ross was a genius.
Kimberly Shephard
Loved it. Best of the series so far,
Christy B
London dandy Julian Kestral is fast becoming known as a successful amateur sleuth. He has already solved two separate murder cases. However, those murder cases were cases that Julian took upon himself to solve. This time, he is actually being sought out to solve a murder.

Sir Malcolm Falkland has reached out to Julian to help solve the murder of his son, Alexander, who was found with his head smashed in by a fire poker in his own study. Julian is hesitant, not sure if Sir Malcolm will be able to
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Text Addict
Picking books off the shelves in the used bookstore often leads to great discoveries. I have a quibble or two with the plot that keeps me from giving the book 5 stars, but overall it was excellent. Julian Kestrel is a fascinating viewpoint character/investigator, the later Regency setting is well realized without larding on extra detail for its own sake, the cast in general is very interesting and well-drawn, and the basic writing is very fine indeed.

It's the third volume in a series, but that d
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Dropspun
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: lovers of historical mysteries
Recommended to Dropspun by: Saw it on the StopYoureKillingMe website
This is the third book I've read in Kate Ross' "Julian Kestrel" series. I believe it to be the best one yet, and worthy of being strongly recommended.

Julain Kestrel is an 1820's London, England dandy -- he's just one that happens to have a sharp brain and a murky past. The case is an investigation of the death of one Alexander Falkland, the kind of son only the most fortunate of parents would be privileged to have, at the request of his (Falkland's) broken-hearted father. As his murder occurred
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Eric_W
Jan 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ross’s detective is Julian Kestrel, a rake who, with the help of Dipper, a reformed pickpocket, solves crimes that leave the Bow Street Runners (Scotland Yard’s predecessors) baffled. Naturally, I wanted to read the earlier Kestrel novels and I’m pleased to report that Ross’s first novel, Cut to the Quick (both in the paperback collection) lived up to my expectations. Julian has been invited to be best man at the wedding of Hugh Fontclair. He soon realizes something is amiss. The wedding is a fo ...more
Brenda Mengeling
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 49, ebook, fiction, mysteries
Whom the Gods Love is the third mystery to feature Julian Kestrel, a post-Brummel dandy in 1820s London. Julian is obviously of "high ton," but no one, including the reader, knows his past. He is truly a fascinating man of mystery. He also has a sharp mind and an understanding of human nature that is not satisfied by a society life alone. In the first book of the series, Cut to the Quick, Julian happens to be visiting in the country when someone murders a member of the house party. He learns tha ...more
Katie
Aug 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cannonball-4
Whom the Gods Love is filled with literary allusions and death. The book picks up a small while after the activities of A Broken Vessel finding Julian and Dipper back into the normal pattern of life. That is, until Julian is approached by Sir Malcolm Falkland, father of the deceased Alexander Falkland. Sir Malcolm is distraught, the Bow Street Runners have run into a dead end and the Quality won’t fully participate in the investigation. Sir Malcolm approaches our amateur sleuth to piece together ...more
QNPoohBear
This story is much darker and more disturbing than the prior two. The events that led to the murder are terrible and sickening. This book is not for the faint of heart. Even so, I couldn't put the book down! I did figure out several clues that Julian really should have picked up on and I even figured out who the murderer was pretty much right away. It was obvious WHO and even basically why though the motive becomes more clear as more clues are revealed. One plus in this novel is that we finally ...more
Jess
The only thing I didn't like about this third installment in the Julian Kestrel series? Knowing that there's only ever going to be one more. Authors should never be allowed to die young.

The plot definitely stands alone in each book, but why not read them in order? Start with Cut to the Quick. Julian is something of a mysterious character, and I was relieved to see that Ross includes a few more judicious details about his family and background in this book. I was starting to be afraid that she wo
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Ren
Liked this one better than the second but not as much as the first.

I get that it becomes unlikely to have the same person always on the scene of a crime and it's more plausible to have people come to him for help, but I thought that made Julian somehow detached from the crime. I think I would have been more into it if he'd been at Alexander's dinner party right before he'd died, seen everyone with his own eyes, and so on. Instead we start with a request for him to investigate, the first accounts
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Christine
Aug 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel was a great sequel to the two earlier novels focusing on the detective talents of Julian Kestrel. I figured this one out about three-quarters of the way through, but that did not detract from the plot or the discussions taking place among the characters. Like the best 18th and 19th century hostorical novelists, she focuses on the good points and the bad points (the extremes in this case) of society. What makes this work better than most historical romances is that the hero (Julian) ca ...more
Terri
Jul 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013, fiction
The third book in the Julian Kestrel series, this one has one of Kestrel's acquaintances asking him to investigate the death of his son. It's good to see the character's role change from a man who stumbles upon crimes (this schtick of cozy mysteries can grow tiresome if not deftly handled) to being sought out to investigate crimes.

Kestrel is investigating the death of one of his peers and the story is as much about the intrusiveness of the investigation as it is about who the murderer is.

***MI
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Jeanette
Oct 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Julian Kestrel inquires all details and angles related to a murdered man's life. A seemingly perfect, intensely lucky and charming man has been killed with a poker in his own study during an 80 guest party proceeding on the other floors of his own home at the very same time. He is the young man who had it all. Who would ever want him dead? The most popular man, the most enduring friend without a bit of malice or ire in any of his words? Absolutely admired and cherished! Alexander, in his short 2 ...more
Julie
Oct 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent murder mystery, well crafted and meticulous in detail. It had me wondering and second guessing over and over again about who did it! Julian Kestrel, Regency London dandy of dubious lineage has made a name for himself as a solver of murder mysteries. Here he is enlisted by the victim's father to solve the murder of London's beloved Alexander Falkland who was found bludgeoned to death by a poker in his study. With a wealth of suspects, Julian sifts through the details and little evide ...more
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Kate Ross, born Katherine Jean Ross, was an American mystery author who wrote four books set in Regency-era England about dandy Julian Kestrel. The novels in the series are Cut to the Quick (1994), which won the 1994 Gargoyle award for Best Historical Mystery, A Broken Vessel (1995), Whom the Gods Love (1996), and The Devil in Music (1997), which won the 1997 Agatha Award for Best Novel. The Lulla ...more
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“I think you’re extremely rude! And you’re doing it on purpose!”
“Of course. One should never be rude except on purpose.”
…”Why?”
…”Because one should never appear to anything without intent. It’s the secret of poise.”
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