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The Mangle Street murders, M.R.C. Kasasian

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The Mangle Street murders
Title
The Mangle Street murders
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M.R.C. Kasasian
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Language
eng
Summary
A Victorian detective solves a mystery but meets his match in his independent-minded young ward. Although March Middleton, the orphaned daughter of an army doctor, had an unconventional upbringing, she's still not quite prepared for a new life in London with her godfather and guardian, renowned detective Sidney Grice. Vain, arrogant and dapper, with a glass eye and a sardonic tongue, Grice has little use for Mrs. Grace Dillinger, a prospective client who can't afford his fees. When she pleads on behalf of her son-in-law William Ashby, an ironmonger accused of stabbing his wife to death, March offers to foot the bill if she's allowed to accompany Grice in his investigation. The unlikely duo explore the back alleys of London, examine corpses and blood spatter, interview an Italian opera singer, and evaluate the result of a recently developed blood test that proves to Grice's and a jury's satisfaction that Ashby is guilty. When a missing knife and a recovered wig suggest that Grice is wrong, he pursues the case even more relentlessly. He triumphs, but March still gets the better of him: the biggest satisfaction in a tale rich in gory detail and glass-eyeball gags. Kasasian's debut is an unflinching look at the darker side of Victorian London and a portrait of a heroine strong enough to stand up to a thoroughly disagreeable detective. Clever plotting, morbid humor and colorful characters are a greater treat for the mind than the heart--or the stomach.(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2013)
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  • /* Starred Review */ Set in 1882, Kasasian’s sparkling debut introduces a memorable new detective duo. Twenty-one-year-old March Middleton, on the death of her father, decides to accept the offer of Sidney Grice, the godfather she has never met, to live with him in London. When she discovers that Grice is a personal detective—the word “private,” he insists, is best reserved for bedrooms—March insists on being involved. Her first opportunity arrives with Mrs. Grace Dillinger, who wants Grice to prove that her son-in-law, William Ashby, is innocent of her daughter’s murder. Despite March’s protests, Grice becomes convinced of Ashby’s guilt. Playful references suggest that Arthur Conan Doyle will model Sherlock Holmes on Grice. But unlike Holmes and Watson, the feisty, gin-swigging Middleton and irascible, mercenary Grice are evenly matched in both brains and determination. Their clever sparring, the appealing secondary characters, and an ingenious plot bode well for future installments. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed November 25, 2013) (Publishers Weekly, vol 260, issue 47, p)
  • A Victorian detective solves a mystery but meets his match in his independent-minded young ward. Although March Middleton, the orphaned daughter of an army doctor, had an unconventional upbringing, she's still not quite prepared for a new life in London with her godfather and guardian, renowned detective Sidney Grice. Vain, arrogant and dapper, with a glass eye and a sardonic tongue, Grice has little use for Mrs. Grace Dillinger, a prospective client who can't afford his fees. When she pleads on behalf of her son-in-law William Ashby, an ironmonger accused of stabbing his wife to death, March offers to foot the bill if she's allowed to accompany Grice in his investigation. The unlikely duo explore the back alleys of London, examine corpses and blood spatter, interview an Italian opera singer, and evaluate the result of a recently developed blood test that proves to Grice's and a jury's satisfaction that Ashby is guilty. When a missing knife and a recovered wig suggest that Grice is wrong, he pursues the case even more relentlessly. He triumphs, but March still gets the better of him: the biggest satisfaction in a tale rich in gory detail and glass-eyeball gags. Kasasian's debut is an unflinching look at the darker side of Victorian London and a portrait of a heroine strong enough to stand up to a thoroughly disagreeable detective. Clever plotting, morbid humor and colorful characters are a greater treat for the mind than the heart--or the stomach.(Kirkus Reviews, November 1, 2013)
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10262453
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Kasasian, M. R. C.
Dewey number
823/.92
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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True
Series statement
Gower Street detective
Series volume
book 1
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  • Murder
  • London (England)
Target audience
adult
Label
The Mangle Street murders, M.R.C. Kasasian
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/the-mangle-street-murders-by-m-r-c-kasasian/
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volume
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rdacarrier
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text
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Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9781605985398
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unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 829989018
  • (OCoLC)829989018
Label
The Mangle Street murders, M.R.C. Kasasian
Link
https://bfgb.wordpress.com/2015/03/03/the-mangle-street-murders-by-m-r-c-kasasian/
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
24 cm
Edition
First Pegasus Books cloth edition.
Extent
329 pages
Isbn
9781605985398
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
System control number
  • 829989018
  • (OCoLC)829989018

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