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Blackstone and the Rendezvous with Death by Sally Spencer
4 solid stars for the start of a series that shows great promise. If you’re a fan of the BBC’s Ripper Street or Copper (never mind its American location), you will love this book.
A member of an aristocratic family turns up dead in the guise of a beggar. Later, he is found to have had muckraker sensibilities that stretches into London’s various immigrant populations, namely the Russians.
Add to that Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee and a world on the cusp of the 20th century and you have yourself a fascinating peek into late 19th century detective work.
Blackstone was an interesting character. Not much is revealed about him, personally speaking, in about the first half of the book. Then, by the 2nd half, you learn lots more. As I was first beginning this book and not seeing much character development, I wondered if perhaps this was a later book in the series. Nope, it’s just a matter of plot and how the author decided to sequence the story.
The one character who I did find to be a bit overwrought was that of Hannah. I won’t spoil anything but will just say, “aw, c’mon”.
I would have rated this at 5 stars but there were some grammatical errors that I just couldn’t overlook. In spite of those errors, I will definitely be continuing this series.