London, 1883: All is quiet at 125 Gower Street. So, when a young woman turns up at the door, imploring London's foremost personal detective, Sidney Grice, to solve her father's murder, Grice can barely disguise his glee.
Mr Nathan Garstang was found slaughtered, with no trace of a weapon or intruder. A classic locked-room case. But what piques Grice's interest is the link to the unsolved murders of Nathan's uncle, aunt and servants in the very same house....
©2016 M.R.C. Kasasian (P)2016 W.F. Howes Ltd
"Kasasian’s debut is an unflinching look at the darker side of Victorian London and a portrait of a heroine strong enough to stand up to a thoroughly disagreeable detective." (Kirkus Reviews on The Mangle Street Murders)
"One of the most delightful and original new novels...that could well become a cult." (The Daily Mail, on The Mangle Street Murder)
The reader is excellent. The characters are interesting, unique, and well drawn. The mystery was shaping up well. The approach seems to be an unusual combination of humor with deadly seriousness. Most people would probably enjoy this book quite a bit.
For me, however, it did not work. I am fully aware of the abuses that animals suffered not only in the Victorian era but every single minute of every single day in the modern world at the hands of humans who should and could know and do better. I have spent a good deal of time working with and for animal rescue and it is never far from my mind. Therefor, any book that provides graphic descriptions of cruelty to animals does not work for me. I read to escape from the real world, not to have my nose rubbed further in it. Thus, when we come to the very painful final moments of a wretched cart horse, and the vile humans that surround it, I could not go on. I understand that the author was making a point about cruelty both in the past and currently, and I appreciate that but it is just something I can not tolerate in a book that I purchased for entertainment.
I know most people don't feel as I do, however, I also know there are some people who do, and my review is for them. If you also find cruelty to animals intolerable in what is purported to be light entertainment, you should avoid this book.
I've been a huge fan of this series and have not been let down! Narration was very good, just as previous books. Excellent story - I was hooked from start to finish!
"Another fabulous read from M. R. C. Kasasian"
A truly inspiring narrative and an intelligent read that would keep Sir Arthur Conan Doyle on his toes! Read perfectly by Emma Gregory who brings each character to life with her multifaceted voice skills.
I hope we don't have to wait too long for the next instalment of The Gower Street Detective, as I am totally and utterly hooked!
Another wonderful tale from this truly talented author perfectly read. Keeps you guessing right to the end.
"They just keep getting better"
I wish I had of found the series, when it had been completely concluded, because the minute I finish reading the latest one, I am desperate to read the next! As they just keep getting better! And alas the author can not write quickly enough for me lol....Also Molly is so utterly brilliant, she almost deserves her own book!
Such a rare treat for an author, a story and a narrator to all find such a perfect match! Cannot recommend this series enough. :-)
"Brilliant! Can't wait 4 the next in the series!"
One of the best writers I have came actoss! Each novel a stand a lone story, I am always sorry to reach the end of Sidney Grice, Personal detective & his God daughter March Middletons adventures!
Superb as usual; cannot wait for the next instalment. Emma Gregory uses her skills to excellently to pad out the characters and the plots are clever and fun.
"Back to being at its best"
After faltering on the third book of the series, I started to listen to this book with some trepidation but the author was back to what I like about these books!
A female central character with a love for sarcasm, a random partner whom you shouldn't cared about but you do, a plot that has enough twists to keep you guessing and the added bonus of having the ability to poke fun at the wonderful Sherlock stories!
I loved this book. great characters and story. the reader is also excellent. can't wait to read the next one.
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