Whom the Gods Love: Julian Kestrel #3

Whom the Gods Love: Julian Kestrel #3

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by Kate Ross
     
 

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Fans of Regency-era romances will love this series, featuring the dashing Julian Kestrel. But it will also be catnip for devotees of classic gentlemen-sleuth mysteries, like those by Dorothy Sayers: with his quips, his impeccable tailoring and his knack for solving "problems" that baffle the police, Kestrel is the spiritual godfather to Lord Peter Wimsey

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Fans of Regency-era romances will love this series, featuring the dashing Julian Kestrel. But it will also be catnip for devotees of classic gentlemen-sleuth mysteries, like those by Dorothy Sayers: with his quips, his impeccable tailoring and his knack for solving "problems" that baffle the police, Kestrel is the spiritual godfather to Lord Peter Wimsey

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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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781937384050
Publisher:
Felony & Mayhem, LLC
Publication date:
04/16/2012
Series:
Julian Kestrel Series, #3
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
738,050
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

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Whom the Gods Love: Julian Kestrel #3 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
eagle3tx More than 1 year ago
The best Julian Kestrel so far. Thoroughly enjoyable. Murder mystery set in 1820’s London. Julian Kestrel is known among the beau monde as the preeminent dandy. Emulated by all for his fashion sense and sought after by for their parties, he is erudite and charming. He is also clever, analytical, and principled. After discreetly solving two society murders [previous two novels], he is now asked to look into the murder of one of society’s best- known and most-favored young men Alexander Falkland, who was murdered at a lavish party in his own home. Julian Kestrel is a truly well-written lead character – interesting, enjoyable – someone you would personally feel delighted and honored to be in company with. With each successive novel a little more of his character is explained. A diversity of characters, each with a motive and a secret, files through the investigation, and like an onion, the layers of each are slowly revealed. Lots of twists and turns -- the plot is both interesting and intricate, without being overly convoluted. Julian uses his non-society contacts, including the historically renowned Bow Street Runners, and his former pickpocket valet Dipper, to delve into the myriad of threads connecting Falkland to the steamier side of London. Well-paced and satisfyingly concluded. I also enjoyed the authentic language and idioms of the time. What a loss that the author lived only long enough to complete four Julian Kestrel novels.