Consequences of Sin (Ursula Marlowe Series #1)

Consequences of Sin (Ursula Marlowe Series #1)

by Clare Langley-Hawthorne, Hawthorne Langley

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ISBN-13: 9780143112938
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/29/2008
Series: Ursula Marlowe Series , #1
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 272
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.85(h) x 0.55(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Born in Canada and raised in England and Australia, Clare Langley-Hawthorne was a practicing attorney in Melbourne until emigrating to the United States in 1995. Once here, she obtained her MA and LLM and worked as an economist for the health care industry before beginning her career as a writer. She lives in the San Francisco bay area with her Australian husband, her twin sons, and her collie.

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Consequences of Sin (Ursula Marlowe Series #1) 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
lauranav on LibraryThing 11 months ago
I like mysteries and have enjoyed other early 20th century England stories, especially the Maisie Dobb¿s books and I believe one of the reviews even compared them favorably. I found the story predictable, but it was still interesting. As with the Maisie Dobb¿s books, this attempts to show the early suffragette struggle and how alternative lifestyles were not completely unheard of, even if not accepted. The writing is good. I was a little tired of all the swooning and fuzzy memories, but that is my fault. I remember the time I was rear-ended, not even a serious accident, and I was a bit fuzzy on details. So I imagine being hit on the head, shot at, or in a physical fight with a killer would lead to some shock-induced fuzz.I also imagine the confict of having well-meaning society expectations, parental hopes, and individual dreams and hopes was a very trying thing when women didn¿t do anything but marry well (measured by money more than anything else). All of that is captured in this book.
aluvalibri on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Disappointing.The story could be interesting, but it soon becomes pretty predictable and flat.The characters seem to be incomplete, and lack in depth. Ursula Marlow, the heroine of the story, is depicted like a capricious, headstrong girl, who always acts following impulse and never stops to think. She jumps into trouble whenever she can, and after a while manages to become irritating.I could not get involved in the story, as much as I wanted to like it.Quite a far cry from Anne Perry or Jacqueline Winspear, in my opinion!
vernefan on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Suffragettes and Sinister SecretsConsequences of Sin, the first episode in the new mystery series starring Ursula Marlow, was simply one of the best murder novels I've read in awhile. The book totally took me by surprise giving me much more than I ever expected to get out of it. The cover design gives the future reader the impression that the story will be a light and fluffy feminist cozy mystery, while in fact, in actuality, this is an extremely well crafted well plotted convoluted crime puzzle to unravel. It will take you down many paths and lead you to many startling revelations that you wont see coming as you devour chapter after chapter. When Ursula gets a midnight phone call from her friend and fellow suffragette member Freddie (short for Winifred), she is whisked away to Freddie's home to find her friend hysterical due to a dead female body in her bed. Not knowing who to call or what to do, Ursula phones her father's lawyer and friend Lord Oliver Wrotham. Upon his immediate arrival he urges Ursula to leave promptly as to not be seen on the premise and to avoid causing her family unnecessary scandal. Freddie unfortunately is taken to prison, charged with murdering her lover Laura, the daughter of one of Ursula's father's business associates. Not satisfied with leaving Freddie's case in the hands of the law, Ursula soon endeavors to take matters into her own hands, and begins to try and solve the crime and find the murderer herself. Soon more young women are turning up dead, and as the pages turn into the thick of things, Ursula's own father is also shot and killed. The story moves quickly and the scenes get quite heated as each turned page adds more to the mystery and as Ursula unburies some deeply hidden family secrets. After her father's funeral she journeys into the house attic and as she digs deep into her mother's old trunks, Ursula uncovers facts that lead her to believe her own father had something seriously horrible to hide. Wild escapades throughout the English countryside and a riveting ocean journey aboard the famed ocean liner, The Lusitania, has Ursula disguised as a man and bound for South America's Orinoco jungle. The story maintains a fast pace and is very exciting as the chase is on to find the answers that will free Winifred from prison. A romantic interest for Ursula is also nicely entwined around the thread of mystery, and the story's ending brings an engaging page turning climax and a rather shocking ending that reveals macabre events in her father's past and a killer gone mad with revenge. I can't praise this new series and promising author enough, and I plan to immediately dive into The Serpent and The Scorpion, the second of Ursula Marlow's adventures.
smik on LibraryThing 11 months ago
Ursula Marlowe is the only daughter of one of the richest industrialists in England. Her father is a self-made man and has seen to it that his daughter has had a excellent education, including a degree at Oxford. Disconcertingly this has made her very politically aware, taking part in the suffragette movement, and socialist protests that seem to cut at the very heart of her father's operations. Robert Marlowe does not approve of some of the friends Ursula has made, and so when she gets an urgent phone call from one of them early in the morning she leaves the house quickly and quietly.Her friend, Winifred Stanford-Jones, a fellow suffragette, has woken in bed to find her lover lying next to her, murdered. Freddie has absolutely no memory of how she got to bed, and certainly none of the murder. Ursula calls a close family friend, a Kings Counsel, Lord Wrotham, who quickly takes charge of the situation. He sends Ursula away saying that her involvement in a scandal of this sort will do great harm to her father's business.Time passes and Ursula becomes convinced that the police regard Winifred as the murderer, and are determined to charge her. When the father of the dead girl commits suicide, Ursula comes across evidence that links her father to the dead girl's family.The plot of CONSEQUENCES OF SIN is mainly played out against the background of London in 1910-1911, but also takes Ursula and Lord Wrotham to the Orinoco River in Venezuela. There were times when I struggled to hold on to this branch of the plot, despite what I'm sure were great efforts by the author to make it tight. Suffragette London felt very authentic, with evidence of considerable research. Social customs and mores of the period are well explained, and there is an understated romantic element that adds interest.CONSEQUENCES OF SIN may remind some readers of the early Jacqueline Winspear (Maisie Dobbs) books although these are set a little later. It reminded me of a semi-gothic (that's probably the wrong descriptor) style of novel that I read a lot in the 1970s by authors like Dorothy Eden and Victoria Holt. More recently Kerry Greenwood's Phryne Fisher books come to mind.
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Omg! this is a good book but its kind of perdictable, i dont want o give anything away but as soon as you read the first hundred pages you've pretty much figured out how the book is gonna end. on the other hand its romantic and scary.