Whom the Gods Love

Whom the Gods Love

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by Kate Ross
     
 

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The author of Cut to the Quick and A Broken Vessel returns to Regency England for a third case in the historical mystery series that is charming Anne Perry and Elizabeth George fans. Alexander Falkland hasn't an enemy in the world--until the night his luck runs out with a vengeance and he's found with his head smashed in.  See more details below

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The author of Cut to the Quick and A Broken Vessel returns to Regency England for a third case in the historical mystery series that is charming Anne Perry and Elizabeth George fans. Alexander Falkland hasn't an enemy in the world--until the night his luck runs out with a vengeance and he's found with his head smashed in.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Julian Kestrel, introduced in Cut to the Quick, returns again to probe beneath the surface opulence of Regency London society. Until he was bludgeoned to death with a fireplace poker in his own study, charming Alexander Falkland fairly glittered in that society. At the request of the victim's barrister father, Kestrel investigates and finds that the dead man was ``far more complicated than most people knew.'' An erudite correspondence with his father shows that Falkland was a man of depth and intellect; he had also cultivated the socially risky acquaintance of a Jewish investment advisor. Falkland had doted on his beautiful wife, and both humored and neglected his adolescent brother-in-law, who benefits financially from the death. Kestrel works efficiently with Bow Street Runner Peter Vance, who supplies added information about an unidentified woman found murdered only a week before Falkland's death. In a tale as sparkling as champagne (with a dash of arsenic), Ross motivates her characters with human desires ranging from the loftiest intellectual yearnings to the basest physical appetites. Offering this level of entertainment, her dandyish sleuth will never go out of fashion. Author tour. (June)
Library Journal
``Whom the gods love die young,'' goes the ancient quotation, and it seems apt for the devastatingly handsome and charming Alexander Falkland, murdered with a poker in his own home while a party goes on above him. Ross's third mystery (her second appears in Word of Mouth, p. 00), set in early 19th-century England and featuring London nonpareil and sleuth Julian Kestrel, again confirms Ross's prowess in the genre. She re-creates a society and its suspect mores, strews the field with red herrings that lead everywhere, then peels away layers of deceit to expose the murderer. Much more has been exposed, however, in her brilliantly concocted plot. For all collections.
School Library Journal
YA-Julian Kestrel, a debonair man-about-town in early Victorian London, is asked to investigate the murder of Alexander Falkland. The charming aristocratic victim's distraught father turns to Kestrel when it seems that the Bow Street Runners have failed to turn up any clues. Nothing has been taken from the elaborate house, no one could have entered unnoticed in the middle of one of Falkland's famous parties, and everyone professes to have been on the best of terms with the deceased. As Kestrel delves into the case, he begins to find many people without adequate alibis, including Alexander's lovely widow. He is baffled by the solid wall of silence that he encounters; intrigued by the protective behavior of the servants; and, finally, starts to piece together Falkland's true character. With flair and quick-moving drama, the amateur detective is able to make the necessary connection between this murder and that of a servant in an abandoned brickfield. Kestrel, a true man of his times, treads carefully to maintain the correct conventions even as he digs deeply into the London lowlife. In this third novel about Kestrel, Ross builds on and develops her character so that readers recognize his strong personality, thus adding depth and dimension to the story.-Mary T. Gerrity, Queen Anne School Library, Upper Marlboro, MD

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ISBN-13:
9780140247671
Publisher:
Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date:
05/01/1996
Series:
Julian Kestrel Mystery Series, #3
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
4.26(w) x 6.86(h) x 0.91(d)

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