Libi Astaire is an award-winning author who often writes about Jewish history. In addition to her Jewish Regency Mystery Series featuring Ezra Melamed, General Well'ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane, she is the author of Terra Incognita, a novel about modern-day descendants of Spain's crypto-Jews, The Banished Heart, a novel about Shakespeare's writing of The Merchant of Venice, and several volumes of Chassidic tales. She lives in Jerusalem, Israel.
The Doppelganger's Dance: An Ezra Melamed Mysteryby Libi Astaire
In this third volume of the series, David Salomon, a young violinist and composer, has
There's trouble afoot in Regency London's Jewish community, and no one to stop the crimes-until wealthy-widower-turned-sleuth Mr. Ezra Melamed teams up with an unlikely pair: General Well'ngone and the Earl of Gravel Lane, the leaders of a gang of young Jewish pickpockets.
In this third volume of the series, David Salomon, a young violinist and composer, has left New York to find fame and fortune in Regency London. But disaster strikes not long after he arrives. Someone is stealing his compositions before he can perform them and soon he is the laughingstock of the beau monde that he had hoped to conquer. With few friends and even fewer resources, he turns to Ezra Melamed for help with finding the thief.
But the deeper Mr. Melamed looks into the violinist's story the more jarring notes he finds, making The Doppelganger's Dance one of the most discomposing mysteries in the career of this team of British detectives who are definitely in a class of their own.
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I enjoyed Ms Astaire's Tempest in the Tearoom so was delighted to be given the chance to read her next novel in the Ezra Melamed series with its compelling title. Rebecca Lyon, the charming teenage narrator, doesn’t have much of a role in this story apart from the beginning where she and her friend Harriett are included in a trip to welcome the newly widowed Mrs Salomon and her son David from the United States. I’m not sure why they entered the country from America via Leeds but that is not explained. Mr Melamed, that stalwart of Regency Jewish community is drawn into the mystery of how and why David Saloman’s violin compositions are being stolen. His almost bankrupt mother is looking for a wealthy husband but when she is rejected by Mr Melamed himself, her second choice proves less than suitable. Her hopes for fame and wealth via her son diminish as his spirit does and things don’t look good for either of them until Mr Melamed applies his logical mind to the problems. The Earl of Gravel Lane, makes an appearance, along with his colourful criminal associates and again Ms Astaire delves into the lives of the London underworld in a storyline which has a slightly paranormal element to it, but then the alleys and undercrofts of Regency London were never as delicate or refined as the drawing rooms of the rich and titled. The author has contrived a complicated plot with lots of undercurrents that weave through the story, but if a reader sticks with it, the story makes sense at the end. The good guys win and the bad guys get their just deserts. I received an e-copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review