A fascinating portrayal of 19th-century England and a page-turning mystery, The Dark Lantern exposes the genteel "upstairs" of a Victorian home, as well as the darker underside of its servants' quarters. The clash of these two classes makes for a suspenseful novel of mistaken identities, intriguing women, and dangerous deception.
©2008 Gerri Brightwell; (P)2008 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I'm a senior citizen now. Just retired and living humbly, but with family nearby. Old literature is my liking generally. I write as well.
This book was such a great read. I empathized with the main character, and enjoyed the entire story from beginning to end. Anyone interested in reading a Victorian mystery set in London, and read with the English dialect would thoruoghly embrace this novel.
The ratio of descriptive detail to plot and character development is far too high for my taste. Too much about how the tea, the mutton, the toast, has gotten cold. Too many internal re-thinkings of the advantages of anthropometry over fingerprinting. Not enough plot. Not enough change in the characters. Page-turning as in "get *on* with it" rather than "what's going to happen next?". I loved Sarah Waters' "Tipping the Velvet", "Affinity", and "Fingersmith". This was excruciatingly slow and static by comparison.
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I was in the mood for a Victorian Era novel and the plot for this one caught my attention because of the main character’s work in anthropometry; I though it would give the story an interesting twist.
Turns out the mysteries weren’t that interesting after all, and I got bored rather quickly. The author did a good job of soaking us in the atmosphere of the time, but the rest was a little too dull for me.
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