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The Outcast Girls

(A World’s End Bureau Victorian Mystery #2)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  80 ratings  ·  44 reviews
Private investigators Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham get more than they bargain for when they take on a case in a girls' boarding school, in the latest World's End Bureau Victorian mystery.

London, 1881. Lily Raynor, owner of the World's End Investigation Bureau, is growing increasingly worried. Work is drying up, finances are tight and she cannot find enough for her s
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Hardcover, 256 pages
Published December 1st 2020 by Severn House Publishers
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Susan
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
A Few of my Favorite Things:

Boarding School, check

English Setting, check

Historical Mystery, check

I really enjoyed reading this story about a female Detective Agency owner going undercover to find out why girls were disappearing from a boarding school for the disadvantageous.

Our lovely main character Lily is attempting to hold her own in a male dominated society placed in 1891 England. As the sole proprietor of a discreet “Inquiry” business she has her work cut out for her. Her assistant was als
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Mystery in the Fens

1881, and the World's End Investigation Bureau had a huge win in their previous case but now their work has trickled say to almost nothing. Lily Raynor, owner of the agency is concerned. Felix Wilbraham her only employee is wondering if he'll still have employment. Just as these worries are hurtling upon them they are visited by Georgiana Long, a school teacher, asking them to investigate runaway girls from the school she's been teaching at. Something is wrong.
Shardlowes Schoo
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Barb in Maryland
3.5 stars
Entertaining, but with a few problems.

I really like Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham. Both are bright, ethical, practical investigators who work well together and apart. This current mystery of the missing school girls showed them in top form. The author did a good job with ratcheting up the suspense; I wasn't sure of who the 'big baddie' was until right before the dramatic climax.
I really loved young Marigold; she was an absolute delight. Alas, few of the other girls were more than name
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Emma
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. This was highly enjoyable. I have read quite a few books by this author from two of her other series and this series, while in its infancy, is definitely my favourite. I read the first prior to its release too and have had my eye out for the next one for a long timeThis was a very interesting if slightly strange plot line and I read it right through in one go. Now I face a long wait for its successor! Many thanks to Netgalley for an arc of this book.
Sue
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting Victorian mystery drama, set in a London-based detective bureau run by a woman. With a few successful cases behind them, the two operatives, Lily Raynor and her assistant, Felix Wilbraham are lamenting the current slow state of their business affairs and low level of the business bank account. Then they receive a visit from a teacher who presents a rather strange case. It seems that young girls have gone missing from the school for girls where she is employed.

Their new cli
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Judy Lesley
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: victorian, mystery
Thank you to NetGalley and Severn House Publishing for an e-galley of this novel.

I read the first book in this new series by Alys Clare and liked it but was hoping some things would change in this second issue. Those things have not changed and, honestly, the style in which the books are written was not going to change so I really knew that wish wasn't going to come true. The unidentified narrator style kept me from knowing the inner thoughts of both the main characters so Lily and Felix have no
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Hannelore Cheney
Aug 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Thank you NetGalley and Severn House for the eARC.
Lily and Felix are approached by a teacher from a girls' school, Shardlowes. She tells them about missing girls and wants the Bureau to look into the situation and suggests Lily, who used to be a nurse, applies for a job at the school to find out what's happening. Lily takes her up on the suggestion and travels up to the school, even though she has bad vibes. Felix gets help from his journalist roommate who is a font of knowledge.
One of the missi
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Sarah-Hope
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Alys Clare is a prolific and able writer of mystery novels, many of which I've enjoyed. The Outcast Girls adds to the pleasures she's previously brought to readers. The central characters are Lily Raynor, owner of the World's End Detective Bureau, and her employee (and admirer) Felix Wilbraham. Lily, a former nurse with no desire to return to that profession, nonetheless agrees to pose as the matron's assistant at a school for girls that has experienced a series of disappearances—and that seems ...more
Mel
Jan 01, 2021 rated it it was ok
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Cathy Geha
Nov 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Outcast Girls by Alys Clare
A World’s End Bureau Victorian Mystery #2

Interesting, intriguing, and informative this was a book well worth reading. It worked well as a standalone story although at some point I may want to read the first book in the series.

What I liked:
* Lily: investigator, nurse, returned from India, business owner, compassionate, good friend, intriguing
* Felix: investigator, good friend, outgoing, caring, warm hearted, interesting
* The unflinching look at treatment of women
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Cheryl
Sep 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This was a real page turner with very engaging characters. I hadn’t read the first in the series but this didn’t spoil my enjoyment, I found it difficult to put down. The story just flowed along, the mystery unfolding slowly, little snippets to keep me guessing. Lily and Felix run an investigation business. Lily had been a nurse and some of her background story is told. Felix is obviously an attractive man and enjoys older women. Felix obviously comes from a monied background given the school he ...more
Charlotte Pawson
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the 1800s London Lily Rayner is the owner of an investigation Bureau. Unusual for this time Lily is an independent business women with an employee called Felix. They will both become involved in one of their most perilous endeavours when they are asked to investigate the disappearance of girls at a boarding school funded by the Band of Angels. Lily’s past in India is something she has not come to terms with and finds it will hold her back in her investigation. The setting and characters in th ...more
Stephanie Rivera
Sep 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book in the Worlds End Bureau Victorian Mystery series, it is 1881 Lily Raynor the owner of the investigation bureau is worried about work drying up after their big case 9 months ago which she though would solicit more work for her and her employee Felix Wilbraham. But then in walks schoolteacher Georgiana Long who is concerned about girls going missing at Shardlowes the boarding school she works at which is located in the Fens far enough away from everything that the girls aren’ ...more
Elaine Tomasso
Sep 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I would like to thank Netgalley and Severn House Publishers for an advance copy of The Outcast Girls, the second novel to feature Lily Raynor, proprietor of the World’s End Bureau, and her assist Felix Wilbraham.

London 1881. The success of their first case is not converting into cases or money and Lily is worried, then Georgiana Long arrives with a case. She is a teacher at Shardlowes school in the Fens and is worried that three young girls have gone missing from the school in the 18 months she
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Sarah
Nov 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was absolutely delighted to learn that Alys Clare had written a second World’s End Bureau novel. Thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for letting me read an advance copy in exchange for me review. The first in the series, The Woman Who Spoke to Spirits, was definitely one of my favorite discoveries in the past few years. It was extremely well written, witty but not flippant, and the characters felt fully realized without giving away all their secrets. I’m happy to report that the second in th ...more
HappyBookWorm2020
Nov 28, 2020 rated it really liked it
Lily Raynor runs a detective agency in London in the year 1881, an uncommon thing for a woman to do at that time. Queen Victoria is on the throne, India is under British rule, and the most desired expectation for women is marriage. Lily is in her 30's, unmarried, and was previously a nurse in India.

It is nearing Christmas time, bitterly cold, and business is slow at the agency. It is so slow that she and Felix, her associate, began sharing an office so as to save on coal. Then there comes a kno
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Anne Szlachcic
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
This is the latest book in the Author's series featuring Lily Raynor, owner of the World's End Investigation Bureau and her employee Felix Wilbraham .

Work is drying up , money has become tight , can Lily find enough work to keep employing Felix ?
It seems like the answer to her prayers when she is approached by schoolteacher Georgiana Long with a
worrying tale of missing pupils at her school , along with former English teacher and the assistant nurse .
Lily decides to investigate and uses her her f
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Mandy
Sep 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With thanks to NetGalley and Severn House for the ARC.
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Private investigators Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham get more than they bargain for when they take on a case in a girls' boarding school, in the latest World's End Bureau Victorian mystery.
London, 1881. Lily Raynor, owner of the World's End Investigation Bureau, is growing increasingly worried. Work is drying up, finances are tight and she cannot find enough for her sole employee, Felix Wilbraham, to do. So when schoolteacher Geor
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Barb
Sep 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
If you like a good old English mystery, you will like The Outcast Girls by Alys Clare. Lily Raynor is the proprietor of the World’s End Bureau, a Private Enquiry Agency. Her assistant I Felix Wilbraham. Together the two of them try to solve problems or mysteries that people bring them.

The case that is the subject of this novel has been instigated by a teacher at a girls’ boarding school. It seems that girls of a certain age turn up missing, one by one. I order to investigate, Lily, who was actu
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Maggie
Dec 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It is 1881. In the World's End Bureau work is thin on the ground & Lily Raynor struggles to find something for her & her assistant, Felix, to do. When a young school teacher comes to them telling her that there are girls going missing from the boarding school where she works. Nobody seems to be bothering about them. It is time for Lily to dust off her nurses uniform as she gains a post as Assistant matron, she is now in the perfect position to discover what is going wrong. A girl's school in the ...more
Doris Wiggins
Aug 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lily is the proprietress of an investigation agency. Felix is her helper.
They have been approached by an Englis teacher from an all girls school for help. Apparently several girls have gone missing as have the former English teacher and the assistant nurse.
No one seems to know where these individuals have gone or what has become of them. Lily decides to use her former occupation as a SWANS nurse to see if she can find out what is happening at this school. Lily becomes the assistant nurse. As the
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Jennifer
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction-adult
I received an eARC courtesy of Severn House Publishing & NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

This was my first journey into this series which I feel like must be said to offer perspective on my thoughts/opinions before I dive in.

The main characters in this didn't feel terribly interesting, but really neither did the plot. There was something about the feel of this book that felt just quite lackluster. It's never a good sign when a book takes me over a week to finish it. Would I recommend
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Kathleen Gray
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Lily takes a risk by hiring on as a nurse at Shardlowes, a boarding school for girls, when a teacher there asks for help finding out what's happened to a student and a teacher who have gone missing. It's 1881 and she's been running her detective agency for a couple of years but there hasn't been much work lately and she's got an employee- Felix. Felix isn't happy that she's going undercover at the school; he investigates the men who fund the place. What the two of them find might not be too big ...more
Vicky
Nov 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A female woman owning a detective agency in 1881 is usually not a common occurrence. That is probably why Lily was facing such a dire financial crisis. Her one and only employee Felix knew that things were grim considering they were sharing one office in order to conserve coal consumption.

Then in walks there possible savior, teacher, Georigana Long from Shardlowes School with an interesting tale, missing girls and teachers. Where will this can of worms lead Lily and Felix and who will be able t
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Susan
Aug 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
1881 the owner of the World's End Investigation Bureau, Lily Raynor, is called upon by schoolteacher Georgiana Long, of Shardlowes School in the Fens. It seems that pupils are disappearing and no-one is doing anything about the situation. Lily goes undercover as an Assistant Matron. Meanwhile Felix does his own investigation. But soon trouble arrives for Lily.
An interesting and entertaining well-written Victorian mystery. Lily and Felix are likeable and well-developed characters. A good addition
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Kathleen
Sep 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley2020
#TheOutcastGirls #NetGalley An interesting read from a favorite author- Thanks Severn House and NetGalley.

"Private investigators Lily Raynor and Felix Wilbraham get more than they bargain for when they take on a case in a girls' boarding school, in the latest World's End Bureau Victorian mystery."

I had not read book the first book in series, so I had to get adjusted to the characters and the pace. I became more engrossed as I read and the ending pulled the atmosphere more together for me.

Very
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Trude
Dec 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite Genres is Historical Mystery so I was anxious to read this book...and I wasn't disappointed. This is an excellent mystery set in the dark times of Victorian England. Girls are going missing from Shardlowes, a girl's boarding school,
Lily is the owner of an inquiry agency and agrees to investgate by going undercover. Felix works for her and worries she may be in danger as he conducts his own investigation. Both characters are well defined and interesting.
This is the second boo
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Kristen
Dec 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
I really enjoy this series. I liked the first book a lot, and the second book offered another very intriguing, suspenseful case for the World's End Bureau.

I love the characters of Lily and Felix. Their relationship dynamic is interesting as Lily is the owner of the investigative firm and Felix her employee. But Felix has skills and capabilities that make him a big asset, and the fact that he and Lily genuinely like one another, without - so far - any romantic leanings makes for a good foundation
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Noreen Trotsky
Aug 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
A dark historical thriller about a boarding school where girls go missing. Lily and her associate, Felix, of the World's End Bureau ( love the name!), are hired to find out why girls are going missing from the Shardlowes school. Lily, previously a nurse in her unspoken past, goes into the school undercover, while Felix is traveling all over the U.K. & Wales following clues. Danger lurks around every corner.
Well-written and hard to put down, this book is the second in a series. While I have not r
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Dlhmoore
Oct 29, 2020 rated it liked it
This is novel #2 in the Worlds Bureau Mystery series. The dialogue and setting are in Victorian time and it makes reading a little difficult in the beginning.
Lily and Felix of the Worlds End Investigation Bureau are called on to investigate the disappearance of several girls, children, from a boarding school. Lily joins the staff of the boarding school to see if she can find the children. Lily is in quite a dangerous situation and she is in danger of going the way of the lost girls.
Of course it
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Alys Clare is the pen name used by Elizabeth Harris for the Hawkenlye series of historical mysteries.

Alys Clare is the pseudonym of a novelist with some 20 published works to her name. Brought up in the countryside close to where the Hawkenlye Novels are set, she went to school in Tonbridge and later studied archaeology at the University of Kent. She lives for part of the year in Brittany, in a re
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