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Turnbull House (Ira Adler #2)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  101 Ratings  ·  30 Reviews
(Sequel of The Affair of the Porcelain Dog)

London 1891. Former criminal Ira Adler has built a respectable, if dull, life for himself as a confidential secretary. He even sits on the board of a youth shelter. When the shelter’s landlord threatens to sell the building out from under them, Ira turns to his ex-lover, crime lord Cain Goddard, for a loan. But the loan comes with
Paperback, 264 pages
Published February 18th 2014 by Bold Strokes Books (first published February 16th 2014)
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4,5 stars

I can’t recommend this series highly enough!
Jess Faraday's writing is a pure pleasure.

A wonderful plot, a thrilling mystery, fabulous characters, sparkling dialogues, a fantastic historical atmosphere of Victorian’s London (or better to say, of Oscar Wilde’s London are only the most pleasant incidental parts of it). Joking aside, of course all together made a great book.

I capitalize the word LOVE in my key word's list in the review to The Affair of the Porcelain Dog. It was not totall

Great writing once again. Ira’s voice is unique, slightly older, changed from when we first met him, but still him. Faraday is taking me along on the making of Ira Adler and I’m enjoying the trip in all it's intricate, complicated dance. Especially more so having heard the news that there is a third one on the way, which makes me a happy girl.

I greatly appreciate how Faraday makes me feel part of the era by mentioning people who lived in that time, whom I know like Oscar Wilde, Conan Doyle and h
Heather C
What a wonderful followup to The Affair of the Porcelain Dog; another gripping mystery and poignant love story.

Ira Adler made his choice: saving his moral soul over living the posh life with drug lord Cain Goddard. Now, its a few years later and Ira’s life hasn’t been glamorous, but its been his own. He’s been supporting himself through secretary work, but unfortunately his latest employer has skipped town without paying him his dues. Plus, his joint venture with Lazarus, Turnbull House, has com
The Novel Approach Reviews
Feb 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Jess Faraday has, simply put, written not a romance but a story of an almost tragic love, one I’m eagerly awaiting the continuation of if for nothing more than to see if love itself is enough to bring about an evolution for Cain Goddard. Though that, I will admit, may be little more than my glass half full, rose colored glasses need to see these two dynamically contradicting and complex men find their way to a happy ending.

See the entire review at The Novel Approach: http://thenovelapproachrevi
Ije the Devourer of Books
Aug 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing

What a talented author!

This is book two in the Ira Adler series and it is a fast paced historical mystery. I loved this because it is set in London but mostly I just loved reading about Ira Adler once more.

This story finds Ira working as a secretary and supporting himself although his erstwhile employer (a certain Mr Wilde) is not very regular with pay. Ira is also on the board of Turnbull house, a refuge and training centre for young former sex workers and others, but Turnbull house
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, series, 5-star
I liked this even more than the first book. The tense interplay between Ira and Cain is fascinating. And the rich period detail and mentions of well known London people and places adds to the fun. I'm anxious to read book three to see where they go from here.
Jan 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
So... In order to explain my response to this book, I'm going to have to say a bit about the first volume, which I didn't really review properly.

The Affair of the Procelain Dog: A crime-solving rentboy, his victorian crime boss lover, watson-like veteran doctor former client and would be lover, blackmail plots, warring drug lords, opium dens, anarchists, human trafficking, a MacGuffin hunt, and more, all without the boring yet seemingly obligatory on page sex that plagues almost everything with
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. It was a great sequel to The Affair of the Porcelain Dog. I hope there will be more Ira Adler stories in the future!
Jan 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

I was very excited when I was approved to read this book from Net Galley. I loved the cover and the description promised to hit quite a few of my favorite kinks and tropes. Then I opened the book and discovered that this was a sequel. I put it down. My philosophy had always been never to start a series anywhere else but at the beginning. It seemed stupid not to. But a day or
Valerie Kubiak
Mar 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Let me tell you...I freaking sobbed so hard at the end of this book. I was a crying mess! I had so many tears falling down my cheeks, my eyes were freaking burning, and my nose was even running. I have NEVER cried like that over a book before! I mean, sure, books have made me sad... might've made my eyes slightly tear up a bit, but not even actually flow over. But no, here I was bawling my eyes out like an overly sensitive freak. I have a headache now. I was planning for so many days to finally ...more
Mar 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
What a fun book! I had not read any of this author's work previous to this, but now I have another author to add to my list of authors to watch.

This is a smartly written and sassy novel with some truly stellar and unexpected quotes. The main character is full of wry observations and hilarious quotes. I won't go so far as to say that I think this book would be a good fit for everyone. If you are offended by homosexual characters or ones who just tell it like it is, this might not be for you. For
Lily Callahan
May 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: elm-authors
I love Jess Faraday's work and am particularly fond on Ira Adler, the too damn attractive for his own good private secretary and orphan's home board director. In addition to an ever more complicated mystery about why certain people connected to the dirty business of sugar are dying mysteriously, we get all sorts of mentions of 19th century London characters from Oscar Wilde to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to Bram Stoker. Wonderful atmosphere, fascinating mystery, great book!
Aug 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so upset about the book. The characters were complicate and trustful and the reality was neither easy nor simple. I can't tell for whom I felt more sorry, Ira or mr. Capable-of-every-bad-thing. It seems the latter earned what he deserved but who also was a victim of you-know-that-sort-of-thing which made him a disable man of love. (Shat I shall not read another bad-ending book before long. The story hurt me so much and this is merely the second book of the trilogy!!! Hell no!!!!
J.B. Sanders
Excellent sequel to the first book (The Affair of the Porcelain Dog), though the mystery wasn't as tight as in the first novel. Still thoroughly enjoyed it. Highly Recommended.
Jeannie Zelos
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Turnbull House. Jess Faraday
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I'd not read the first book The Affair of the Porcelain Dog but read the sample, and decided this book looked promising. It was, I really enjoyed it.
Ira is Gay in a world where its routed out religiously, and anyone suspected of it jailed on the flimsiest of pretences. Tough life, and as a reformed rent boy he's now a trustee for Turnbull House, a shelter for youths seeking to escape the same life he led. He reluctantly turns t
Feb 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Twenty-something Ira Adler has been keeping himself afloat and alive (barely) a couple of years after bravely and defiantly walking away from his powerful and wealthy lover Cain Goddard. Ira’s venture into gainful employment (as a private secretary) has proven a failure (his employer Wilde has become besotted with one disreputable Lord Bosey) and has failed to come good with remuneration/pay.

Compounding Ira’s monetary woes, Turnbull House – a worthy charitable work/institution for young/homeless
I received a reviewer's copy of this book from the publisher on Netgalley.

I can't believe it took me two whole days to read this. I kept getting interrupted which filled me with increasing levels of resentment, because I wanted to read this book as fast as I possibly could, because it was so excellent. At about 80% in my husband was unceremoniously told to STFU, Mrs. Rayman is reading.

This book is a sequel to The Affair of the Porcelain Dog which was published in 2011, and which I read last yea
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
A stellar sequel to The Case of the Porcelain Dog. Ira Adler finds himself in the thick of things, both personally and professionally, when he has to approach his former lover, Cain Goddard, for assistance in keeping Turnbull House from falling into the hands of an anonymous developer. Goddard would like nothing more than to have Adler back in his bed but Ira isn't quite ready for that yet. He's got his hands full trying to help a former drug addict go straight and preventing a friend, and forme ...more
Jan 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What a great follow-up to The Affair of the Porcelain Dog this is! Ira Adler is one of those characters who subtly charms his way into the reader's affections without appearing to intend to do any such thing. (In this way, he's much more subtle than his own sometime inamorato, the Duke of Dorset Street.)

The author weaves luminous characters, sparkling dialogue, and historical fact into the warp and weft of Victorian London's gaslit, foggy, cobbled streets, and creates another winner where chara
So very good. This historical mystery series is marvellous and this is the second book. I absolutely loved it. Ira Adler is an incredibly engaging character and narrator. The story itself is interesting and fast-paced and so vivid, but, in some ways, it's Ira himself that makes this series so delightful. His wry commentary on his adventures is poignant and amusing and lively. He's a fascinating character and so endearing. The writing is snappy and bright and full of life. I love all the secondar ...more
Dee Wy
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, m-m-historical
This was such a great sequel to The Affair of the Porcelain Dog. A wonderful mystery and Arthur Conan Doyle as a supporting character, what's not to like. The story has evolved in so many ways as Ira grows as a man of principles surrounded with so much London culture and historical facts that the reader cannot help being in awe of the time period. Just love this series and wishing for more.
Nisie draws
I liked this just as much as the first one. I liked the plot alot, although I felt the ending was a bit anti-climatic. I had hoped Goddard would give up his business for Ira. The story line with street urchin Jack Flip finding her way in the world was my favorite part!
Oct 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I've read book one and now book two - wow! What great writing! I hope this series continues on and on
Felice Stevens
Mar 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Another fabulous read. Love Ira and Cain. Everything good about the first book was even better this time around. Can't wait for the next book!
Aug 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm enthralled, and there's only one book left! What am I going to read after that!
Feb 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Review to come shortly, in the online magazine CHELSEA STATION.

Review is now live on CHELSEA STATION:
Jan 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing
An absolute masterpiece. Review coming soon
Mar 25, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

** 4.5 Stars **
Elisa Rolle
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
2014 Rainbow Awards Honorable Mention (5* from at least 1 judge)
Nikki Boisture
Jul 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

Sequel that's better than the first in the series.
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