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The Curse of the House of Foskett Audiobook

The Curse of the House of Foskett: The Gower Street Detective, Book 2

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The highly anticipated second novel in the charming, sharply plotted Victorian crime series starring a detective duo to rival Holmes and Watson

125 Gower Street, 1882. Sidney Grice once had a reputation as London's most perspicacious personal detective. But since his last case led an innocent man to the gallows, business has been light. Listless and depressed, Grice has taken to lying in the bath for hours, emerging in the evenings for a little dry toast and a lot of tea. Usually a voracious reader, he will pick up neither book nor newspaper. He has not even gathered the strength to reinsert his glass eye. His ward, March Middleton, has been left to dine alone.

Then an eccentric member of a Final Death Society has the temerity to die on his study floor. Finally Sidney and March have an investigation to mount - an investigation that will draw them to an eerie house in Kew and to the mysterious Baroness Foskett.

©2015 M. R. C. Kasasian (P)2015 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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    John S. Seattle, WA United States 03-09-15
    John S. Seattle, WA United States 03-09-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Read "The Mangle Street Murders" first"

    It's needed for context, otherwise you'll miss a lot here.

    That having been said, this book proves a good sequel, though my fourth star includes Lindy Nettleton's awesome narration; the plot itself is really three stars, especially as there are regular flashbacks to March's time in India that detracted for me, especially in audio where they appeared almost randomly without any notice. Still, it's great to see Sidney and March's characters grow (though Sidney does his best to hide that). One of the best scenes was March (who had been raised in India) bravely facing an English dish of "curried vegetables" that bore as much relation to the original as passing off a can of Dinty Moore beef stew as "homemade Russian stroganoff."

    Shocker of an ending makes the next book a Must Read!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    framed 02-08-15
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    "Great story marred by gratuitousness"

    I am definitely enjoying this series with one large caveat: I find the gory descriptions on the gratuitous side. I'm a seasoned reader of mysteries and police procedurals in all their gory detail, and I also recognize the importance of historical accuracy, however ugly. Still, in my opinion, the author seems almost to revel in prolonged and unnecessary gruesomeness.

    Furthermore, while I acknowledge that I'm a wimp when it comes to descriptions of animal cruelty, it seems to me that even a more hardened reader might find the salacious (and relatively frequent) depictions of such incidents in these books a bit over the top. Kasasian makes his point early on, no need to belabor it.

    It's a shame, because it mars for me what is, in all other ways, a terrific new series.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bailey 04-19-15
    Bailey 04-19-15
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    "Enjoyed this book."

    I love the characters in this book. The relationship between the main characters is very interesting. I hope there is another sequel.

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    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 08-22-17
    Yvonne Southfield, mi, United States 08-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Grice's at his best or does that mean his worst?"

    Grice is in a funk after the debacle he made in the Mangled Street Murders (MSM). As a man who thinks very highly of himself and equates intelligence with social status and gender. He is wallowing in his misery for his failure to solve the case and hiding from the ridicule and from the criticism of his peers.

    March Middleton, his ward and a liberated woman finds solace in Grice’s absent. When they are together his insults and condemnations about her gender and intelligence are atrocious. When his belittling becomes to much to bear she shows her spine and leaves. Go girl!
    March’s fight is not just with Grice and society for her gender and intelligence, but her physical appearance. In MSM and this book men tend to make disparaging comments about her appearance. After endangering, then saving Inspector Pound’s life, March feels that they have a solid friendhsip. That is changed when she overhears insulting jokes from Pound’s co-workers, which Pound does not refute. Through her diary entries, we feel her pain for the loss of a true love that was so hard to find. He loved her despite the objections of his family and her social standing.

    The plot is a slow burner but none the less very interesting, stick with it. There are six murders and a lot of information. I purchased the Kindle to review material. That made it easier for me to keep track of the clues. Information from the MSM is mentioned in this book. I would recommend reading that first.

    Sidney’s interest is piques when one of the members of the Final Death Society’s (FDS) member comes to hire him and dies in his dining room. Final Death Societys’ are a group of people, without heirs or ones they wan some mysterious characters of the Final Death Society, they definitely have their own oddities that readily set them apart from the others also some add a certain macabre tint to the story that is just spot on in the Victorian inspired setting.

    Sidney is insulting, contentious, cantankerous, and rude. He is affronted when Mr. Green dies in his home but he is rejuvenated to have a case. He and March being to meet and greet the FDS members, many times finding them dead at their first or second inquiry. Grice was not playing nice with the Inspector Quigley. Quigley’s concern was closing as many cases as possible to qualify for his next promotion. Therefore, unless the criminal is caught on the sport, Quigely quickly determines all the cases to be suicide/accidental.

    The story becomes weirder and weirder and actually unexplainable. A tight plot is woven from the start that expands and expands as the story progresses, some of the characters that you meet up might all have a motive… but the who, who actually did it… This was about the time I purchased the Kindle version.

    The member of the FDS definitely have their own oddities that readily set them apart from the others also some add a certain macabre tint to the story that is just spot on in the Victorian inspired setting. Some of the killings have more of a Sherlockin morbidness that was not in the MSM.

    We discover a softer side of Grice when he meets Dr. Dorna and she becomes a complain to March. They form a girl friend relationship over their fondness for Grice.

    It was an engaging story to read, well executed and very, very clever.

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