Montmorency on the Rocks: Doctor, Aristocrat, Murderer? (Montmorency Series #2)

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Montmorency -- the man leading a double life, torn between his two identities -- returns in this gripping sequel to MONTMORENCY: THIEF, LIAR, GENTLEMAN?

Five years after giving up his life of crime in the London sewers, Montmorency is back. But his evil alter ego, Scarper, has returned too, pulling him back into a dark world of crime.

Montmorency's old friend and fellow government agent, Lord George Fox-Selwyn, fights to rescue him from ...

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Overview

Montmorency -- the man leading a double life, torn between his two identities -- returns in this gripping sequel to MONTMORENCY: THIEF, LIAR, GENTLEMAN?

Five years after giving up his life of crime in the London sewers, Montmorency is back. But his evil alter ego, Scarper, has returned too, pulling him back into a dark world of crime.

Montmorency's old friend and fellow government agent, Lord George Fox-Selwyn, fights to rescue him from disaster. The two men are needed now more than ever, as a rash of bombings threaten to destroy England's rail lines. And only Montmorency's intimate knowledge of the London underworld can save the city...

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KLIATT
This sequel to Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? (reviewed in KLIATT in May 2004) continues the adventures of an audacious Victorian-era robber-turned-aristocrat. Once a common thief, he was caught in the act and badly wounded. Recovering in prison, he decided to make a new life for himself, forging a new identity as the highborn, high-living "Montmorency" but funding his new life by continuing to sneak through the sewers of London, popping up to rob the rich, as "Scarper." The clever former convict has two good friends, the doctor who saved his life and Lord George Fox-Selwyn, who has recruited him as a spy for the government. In this thriller, Montmorency must recover from a drug addiction he picked up while spying in the East, and then help his friends to solve two mysteries: the death of a number of babies on a remote island in Scotland, and bomb explosions in London. Truth and forgiveness are the themes, as Montmorency comes clean about his past and also reencounters his old landlady and her helpful daughter. Told in a rather old-fashioned style to match the era, this will intrigue YA readers, serving as a sort of preamble to Sherlock Holmes tales, perhaps. The dual identity of Montmorency/Scarper continues to hold great appeal. KLIATT Codes: JS—Recommended for junior and senior high school students. 2004, Scholastic, Orchard Books, 362p., Ages 12 to 18.
—Paula Rohrlick
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up-The second volume picks up several years after Montmorency (Scholastic, 2004) ended. The young man has joined Lord Fox-Selwyn on missions for the English throne and has proved himself a formidable secret agent. But on their last journey, he became addicted to opium, and his addiction threatens his life and those of many others as he loses discretion and caution. Meanwhile, Dr. Farcett, who treated Montmorency when he was in prison, has lost his self-confidence after killing a healthy patient in a demonstration surgery. Fox-Selwyn engineers a reunion between the two to save them both, and the three men, along with Violet, daughter of Montmorency/Scarper's former landlady and a prostitute, end up involved in two mysteries: bombings of London train stations and the deaths of numerous children on a remote Scottish island. This adventure starts slowly, and the elaborate setup seems somewhat contrived. Still, this is another rousing and meticulously researched adventure, full of details about London and Scotland that bring the past to vivid life. Older fans of the first volume will find much to enjoy here as they race to the end; unfortunately, the pacing is likely to turn off new readers despite adequate back story.-Karyn N. Silverman, Elizabeth Irwin High School, New York City Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
It's been five years since slimy thief Scarper gave up his life of crime to become his alter ego-charming gentleman Montmorency-full time. In this second adventure, previous characters reappear in key roles as Lord Fox-Selwyn and Dr. Farcett join forces with Montmorency to find out who's behind the bomb blasts in London, why babies are dying on a remote Scottish isle and who's trying to kill boarding-house Vi. Red herrings dot the plot-Irish terrorists, a wicked priest and the mysterious Bag Man-while romance, self-recrimination and subterfuge add spice to the historical thriller. It's Victorian melodrama at its best, with an ending that sets up an option for a third escapade. (Historical fiction. YA)
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VOYA 6/1/05 Following a dangerous year abroad as spies, Montmorency and his mentor, Lord George Fox-Selwyn, arrive in 1885 London to reconnect with Dr. Robert Farcett (the surgeon who earlier repaired Montmorency's broken body in Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? [Scholastic, 2003/VOYA June 2004]), but all is not well. Montmorency is addicted to a Turkish drug, and Farcett has purposely let a patient die. Seeking escape from their individual demons, the three gentlemen journey to Lord George's brother's estate, and soon puzzling events confront the men. A London train station is blown up, and on an isolated Scottish isle, babies have been dying for the past seven years. Intrigued by the infants' deaths, the doctor and Montmorency journey to the island and interview a dedicated midwife and a minister who has buried each child. Farcett becomes consumed with discovering the cause of death, but with his drug addiction controlled, Montmorency returns to London to assist Lord George in hunting terrorists. Although his past remains secret, Montmorency realizes that he must reappear as Scarper the thief to trap the ruthless bombers. Unlike his role in the first book, Montmorency does not dominate center stage, allowing other characters and the involved plot to develop. The layered mysteries, occurring on opposite ends of Great Britain, have a common connection solved (in the British detective-novel tradition) by scientific deduction. Updale's books contain no teen characters and several red herrings. The intricacy of this novel will either attract or repel teen readers. A proper introduction to Montmorency will surely please fans of Sherlock Holmes
Booklist 5/15/505 5 Gr. 6-9. Here's a neat trick: in harking back to a genre (the Victorian crime thriller) most YA writers won't touch, the Montmorency series seems appealingly rebellious--loyal valets, monogrammed hankies, iced champagne, and all. Readers familiar with Montmorency: Thief, Liar, Gentleman? 0 (2004) will note the broadening of the limelight from Montmorency alone to an ensemble of British aristocrats prone to "dashing about solving other people's problems." These include the former thief Montmorency; his best chum and spy-partner, George Fox-Selwyn; and his surgeon, Doctor Fawcett, who has been called upon to help Montmorency overcome an opium addiction. Updale commandingly escorts readers through the layers of London society as her protagonists investigate not one but two mysteries: a London bomb plot and a remote Scottish island's perplexing epidemic of infant deaths. Some YAs still won't have patience for the prissy Masterpiece Theater-style details and the absence of prominent YA characters. Thanks to the greater emphasis on case-cracking than on its title character's psychological struggles, however, this may prove even more popular than book one. --Jennifer Mattson Copyright 2005 Booklist
SLJ 4/1/05 Gr 8 Up-The second volume picks up several years after Montmorency (Scholastic, 2004) ended. The young man has joined Lord Fox-Selwyn on missions for the English throne and has proved himself a formidable secret agent. But on their last journey, he became addicted to opium, and his addiction threatens his life and those of many others as he loses discretion and caution. Meanwhile, Dr. Farcett, who treated Montmorency when he was in prison, has lost his self-confidence after killing a healthy patient in a demonstration surgery. Fox-Selwyn engineers a reunion between the two to save them both, and the three men, along with Violet, daughter of Montmorency/Scarper's former landlady and a prostitute, end up involved in two mysteries: bombings of London train stations and the deaths of numerous children on a remote Scottish island. This adventure starts slowly, and the elaborate setup seems somewhat contrived. Still, this is another rousing and meticulously researched adventure, full of details about London and Scotland that bring the past to vivid life. Older
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439606776
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/9/2006
  • Series: Montmorency Series , #2
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 368
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.68 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author


Eleanor Updale studied history at St. Anne’s College in Oxford, England, before becoming a producer of TV and radio current affairs programs for the BBC. She is studying for a Ph.D. at the new Centre for Editing Lives and Letters at Queen Mary College, University of London. She is also a trustee of the charity Listening Books. She lives in England. Montmorency is her first book.
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  • Posted December 28, 2013

    Montmorency and Fawcett are both on their own missions, old and

    Montmorency and Fawcett are both on their own missions, old and new friends are revealed. By the way, one of my favorites in the series so far. Also that cover, love it! Really catches your eye.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2007

    Montmorency book 2

    Years later, the original characters return and new ones are introduced in the title character's series. Montmorency, Fox Selwyn are investigating a series of bombings that are happening in London while Doctor Farcett is investigating a series of deaths of babies at an mysterious island called Tarimond where he meets the 'witch' doctor Maggie Goudie and the Priest Father Michael. Montmorency and Farcett have a reunion. Scarper and a certain 'landlady'from the first book return to help Montmorency and Fox Selwyn with the bombings assignment.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2007

    This Book Was Amazing.

    · I thought this book was tremendously outstanding. At most parts, it was thrilling and exciting to read, although some of the text was hard to understand. On a scale of 1-10, I would rate this book an 8 because of the excitement that it portrays and the thrill of the mystery behind it. All in all, it was definitely a great book. I am definitely buying the sequel.

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