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Lawless & the Flowers of Sin (Campbell Lawless #2)

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A Foundation for Fallen Women. A chess automaton. An impossible theft.

Reluctant inspector of vice, Lawless must take a fruitless reckoning of London's shadowy nether world. Hyposcrisy, double standards: just what we expect from stuffy Victorian society.

But Lawless was not expecting the trail that his questions open up: from the erotic booksellers of Holywell Street down th
Paperback, 484 pages
Published July 29th 2014 by Exhibit A
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Seregil of Rhiminee
Originally published at Risingshadow.

William Sutton's Lawless and the Flowers of Sin is the second novel in the series of mystery novels starring Inspector Campbell Lawless. It's an excellent addition to the Victorian mystery fiction genre. It's great that Titan Books has published it, because it's one of the best and most atmospheric novels of its kind.

Before I begin to review this novel, I'll mention that I'm difficult to please when it comes to mystery fiction, because I tend to avoid reading
Sally Schmidt
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
I received a free copy of this title through NetGalley.

This book was like a cross between Alex Grecian's The Yard (a Victorian detective mystery featuring detectives of Scotland Yard) and Michael Faber's The Crimson Petal and the White (a discomforting tale of the rise and fall of a London prostitute named Sugar accompanied by a recounting of the life of her "benefactor," William Rackham).

Overall I enjoyed this book, though the ending isn't precisely a positive, feel-good resolution of the char
Terelyn Marks
Nov 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Interesting look at the breath-takingly hypocritical views about women and sexuality in Victorian England. If a woman was not of the aristocratic class and ::gasp:: had to work for a living (this included shop girls, teachers, maidservants, barmaids, actresses) she was considered to be little better than, quite possibly was, a prostitute. Therefore, she was fair game to any man that decided he wanted her and she had little to no recourse.
Jan 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
enjoyable. missed ruth. hopefully she plays a bigger role in book 3.
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Campbell Lawless is fast becoming one of my favourite detectives.

This is the second novel featuring Campbell Lawless. After his first big case, he has been demoted to doing boring tasks and is even considering moving back to Scotland when his boss, Sir Richard Payne, the Commissioner of Police, gives him a new task. Campbell is to do a survey of vice in Victorian London. It’s a mammoth task but really he is being asked to put forward figures that show how prostitution and all its prerequisites
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history-era, mystery
Campbell Lawless is given the assignment of taking a count and the histories of the prostitutes in London. Not and easy task or a safe one. Between bawdy houses, and houses that catered to the hourly trade it is a world that is kept under wraps. It is also a world with ties to the gentry.

It is Victorian England where manners, and class distinction are important in projecting the image of propriety. It is also a time where erotic literature, prostitution, human trafficking, and violence runs ramp
Dec 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Stories of bawdy backroom brothels the theme of of injustice and outrage at the hypocrisy of the so called war against the Great Social Evil. Characters faced with trials and tribulations which are sadly still around today.
Oct 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Copy provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Lawless and the Flowers of Sin is the second novel in the series, but it can definitely stand alone. It is my first book from this author, so I am not familiar with his writing style.

The plot is set in Victorian London, in 1863. Inspector Campbell Lawless goes into the world of the people that we see every day, but we don't notice them at all. Beggars, street musicians, ladies in brothels, erotic booksellers, each one of them walks
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William Sutton was born in Scotland in 1970 and appeared in pantomime at the age of nine.

He learned blues harmonica from his Latin teacher, drove to California in a VW beetle and studied classics at Oxford. Besides writing radio plays and short stories, he has acted in the longest play in the world, tutored the Sugababes and played cricket for Brazil.

After living in Brazil and Italy, teaching Engl
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