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India Black by Carol K. Carr
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Oct 27, 2011

it was ok

This book started out promisingly with a first person narrator, India, who is a brothel owner in 1870's London. When one of the customers dies while with a prostitute, he turns out to be a government official who carried with him with a briefcase full of vital state secrets. India just wants to get rid of the body before her brothel's reputation suffers or she is accused of wrong doing. However, she is pulled into a scheme to track down and recover the missing case of documents. Among those who pressure her for her help is the Prime Minister Disraeli. The first half of the book was interesting as it provided a glimpse into disreputable Victorian Lomdon and some of the politics of the time. However what started as a story of mystery and intrigue turned into a long, tedious chase/fight/chase/fight some more/chase again sequence for the second half of the book.

By the end I just wanted the story to end and I was tired of India's digressions and reciting of too many details. It didn't help that you never get the sense of who India was. Tough, shrewd, a survivor but no sense of how she came to be the person she was. The lack of a character to to get to know and care about combined with the mystery falling by the wayside during the prolonged chase gave me little to care about.
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Betty I agree completely with your review of this book. Like you, I just wanted the book to end.


Willow Brook Such an interesting premise but overall poor execution. :-/


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