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)
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"A warning for animal lovers"
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.
"Do NOT start the series here!"
As a fan of this series, I came away disappointed.
The producers have standardized the narration so that the U. K. edition, read by Emma Gregory, is now sold in the States as well; I was a big fan of Lindy Nettleton's narration and miss her, though EG does a good job.
The character of Sidney Grice has always been pompous, but here he's beyond insufferable to the point that it was tough to see how March sticks it out with him. The author seriously needs to throttle back on some of that, especially the numbers bit: "I can give you fourteen reasons . . . ." Molly the maid did make a few more appearances than absolutely necessary, but Grice's silliness was more annoying than hers, which is more in character.
As others have noted, the storyline was just too convoluted in connecting murders in the same house a decade apart, with occasional thoughts from the murderer's point-of-view. By the end I was exhausted, didn't feel I "got" everything, and really didn't care.
I'm still a fan of the series, looking forward to another installment, but as there isn't much information provided that appears to advance the overall storyline, this book is one I might be advising folks to skip.
"NEEDS MALE NARRATOR"
FEMLE NARRTION, MAY HAVE RUINED A GOOD DETECTIVE STORY. MEN SAVE YOUR $$$$ WOMEN MAY LIKE IT THOUGH.
"Omg! Is he, her father?"
I absolutely love this series. Sidney Brice has me in fits of laughter, along with Molly. Why on earth have they not put these books on tv. I can just see myself curled up on my sofa enjoying an episode.
But I'm going off on a tangent. The writer gets better and better with every story and the narration... Well let's just say the narrator brings all the characters to life and with every story you feel a personal connection with them.
For those who have never read any of this series and have come across this one first I urge you to read from book one and then as you go along, I am sure you will end up loving the characters as much as I do.
I loved this book. great characters and story. the reader is also excellent. can't wait to read the next one.
"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!
"Compelling, if gory in places."
There is so much to enjoy in these stories, that I keep reading them in spite of the rather gut wrenching murders. The narrator is particularly good. Neither March nor Sidney Grice are wholly sympathetic, & the Victorian world they inhabit is a long way from cosy. Yet they are vivid, often humorous, and keep you wanting to know more. Dickens meets Downton meets The Mary Russell stories of Laurie R. King.
"Another brilliant story"
I love these stories and the narration is perfect. A funny, intriguing and detailed tale.
"excellent as alawys"
Sidney Grice is a pompous twit with a fiendishly cleaver mind and no social skills. How I enjoy his investigations alongside his god daughter Miss March Middleton who gives the books its human touch. The murders this time round are particularly nasty and we get a glimpse of the mind of the, as Criminal Minds would say ''The unsub''.
the sparring partnership between Grice and Middleton is great to listen too
all of them however my favourite has to be Molly
Gower Street, Gruesome, Grim but Great
listen to this series, its worth staring at the beginning
"Another detecting delight!"
I love this series and was so happy to see a new book available.
This tale is just as involving and entertaining as the others and I really enjoy the lively dialogue between the characters and the humour throughout. What didn't entirely work for me was the book within a book construction. I think know I wouldn't have had a problem with it at all in a printed book, but it didn't quite work as an audible...
Excellent performance by the narrator as always and she has such a lovely soft voice that I could listen to for hours.
"excellent all round"
excellent story but more impressive the performance. absolutely brilliant. the separation of voices meant that many times you forgot that one person was performing them all
"Love this series, but..."
Ms Gregories characterisations are sublime; its simply amazing how versatile is her voice.
This would be a 5-star like the others in the series but this one is just over long. I had to force myself to keep going with Gaslight Lane whereas the earlier books were 'eat in one sitting'
"love this series"
in very short time,I have grown to really love this series and can't wait for the next installment
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