Petty Treason: A Sarah Tolerance Mystery
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Fallen Womanof good family must, soon or late, descend to whoredom.Miss Sarah Tolerance refuses to follow the path of the Fallen Women who have gone before her. She's a straight shooter, with her pistol as well as her wit, and her mind is as sharp as... show more
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a Fallen Womanof good family must, soon or late, descend to whoredom.Miss Sarah Tolerance refuses to follow the path of the Fallen Women who have gone before her. She's a straight shooter, with her pistol as well as her wit, and her mind is as sharp as the blade of her sword.Miss Tolerance is an Agent of Inquiry, a private investigator of sorts--the sole one of her kind in London, in this year of 1810 with mad King George III on the throne and Queen Charlotte acting as his Regent. Her aim was to trace lost trinkets, send wastrel husbands back to their wives, and occasionally provide protection to persons with more money than sense--but she is continually drawn into the plots of others. Her newest case poses a puzzle unlike any she has faced before: who killed the Chevalier d'Aubigny? The French émigré was beaten to death in his own bed, found by his retainers the next morning, all the doors and windows of the house sealed tight. The murder is a classic locked-room mystery, but Miss Tolerance knows she can find the key.As Miss Tolerance examines the situation and interviews witnesses and suspects, she realizes things are far more complicated than she originally suspected--for the Chevalier had more enemies than he had friends, and Miss Tolerance is hard pressed to find someone who didn't wish him dead. Her search for his killer takes her from the lowest brothels of the seedy London underworld, where men go to indulge their more aggressive desires, to the Royal Family and a Duke who must hide his perversions or risk the Throne.Welcome to Miss Tolerance's Regency London, where nothing is what it seems and the only way to serve justice is to follow conscience rather than law.
Publish date: September 4th 2004
Publisher: Forge Books
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Historical Fiction
, Historical Mystery
, Mystery Thriller
, Alternate History
Series: Sarah Tolerance (#2)
Second Sarah Tolerance book. I don’t think the mystery aspect is quite as strong with this one, but I loved reading about Sarah just as much. I also appreciate that Robins doesn’t give her instant or miraculous detecting abilities; it’s clear how much time and effort Sarah puts into her work.
Sarah investigates the murder of the husband of a woman, the woman is the prime suspect but there are many other possible culprits for the job. The more I read of Sarah the more I like her. She's a solid character who is likeable and you can see how the author has done her best to study the period...
4/5; 4 stars; A-I really enjoyed this book. I've been dragging my feet on finishing it and reviewing for the lamest reason....I have had to get the next one through inter library loan and I don't want to have to wait too long from one to the next. I really enjoy looking at the world through the ey...
3.5-4+ starsThese books are difficult for me to rate, because while they're well-written, they're gritty and harsh - not at all what one might expect from a Regency novel. They remind me a bit of Jennifer Ashley's Captain Lacey mysteries - they expose the underbelly of London Society. What happens t...
I checked both this book, and the first book in the series out from the library. Having read both over the weekend, and really enjoying them, I have purchased both books (thank you BetterWorldBooks.com!) to add to my permanent home library. This book was every bit as enjoyable as the first. The ...