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The Music of the Spheres (urspr publ 2001; utgåvan 2010)

av Elizabeth Redfern

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In the London of 1795, intrigue and death walk the dark streets. England is at war with its neighbor and nemesis, France, and espionage is rampant. It is the job of Jonathan Absey at the Home Office to catch these spies, but his mind is elsewhere, his dreams haunted by the still unsolved murder of his fifteen-year-old daughter on these same streets. Desperately pursuing both investigations, he stumbles across a strange society of astronomers called the Company of Titius who are on a furious search of their own: to discover a long-lost star in the wide black sky. As he digs into their arcane world, their quest begins to merge with his own, and Absey finds himself discovering more than he had ever imagined -- not only about spies and murderers but also about celestial numbers and the making of codes; about passions as unnatural as they are obsessive; and about the bonds of family...and the lengths we will go to preserve them. With "The Music of the Spheres," Elizabeth Redfern emerges asan evocative and elegant writer of startling power, her gifts for characterization, atmosphere, narrative, and rich moral drama marking her as a… (mer)
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Titel:The Music of the Spheres
Författare:Elizabeth Redfern
Info:Berkley Trade (2010), Edition: 2, Paperback, 432 pages
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A jack-the-ripper-flavored story, set in 18th-century London - but with
enough original elements to make it a more than worthwhile read.
Jonathan Absey is a government clerk whose career has not been going very
well since he went out on a limb to get his estranged brother a pardon for
homosexual acts - and it's gone from bad to worse as he becomes obsessed
with finding the killer of his daughter. Since the girl, also estranged,
was a prostitute at the time, he's officially discouraged from pursuing
the case... but when more and more women of his daughter's description
keep turning up dead, it's hard for him to concentrate on his offical
assignment: scouring the mails for signs of French espionage.
But both murders and spies seem to lead to a group of odd and enigmatic
astronomers, obsessed with finding a new planet that they call Selene.
Cover-ups, betrayals, madness, perversion and violence will ensue before
all is revealed in this dark and gripping mystery. ( )
  AltheaAnn | Feb 9, 2016 |
I enjoyed this story of espionage, serial killers and astronomy in the late 18th century, a lot more than I thought I would. There was a lot of historical detail, particularily about the advances in astronomy during that time and the period was brilliantly brought to life. ( )
  SabinaE | Jan 23, 2016 |
Jonathan Absey works for the English government during the 1700s trying to detect correspondence from French spies. he is also trying to find out who killed his daughter and has also killed a series of other red haired women. This leads him to half his half brother join a group of astronomers including doctor Raultier whom Jonathan believes is a French spy. None of the characters was very likable which made it hard for me to invest in any of them. I also inadvertently ended up listening to an abridged audio. I dislike abridgements and would have liked to hear the whole story. ( )
  RachelNF | Jan 15, 2016 |
This is really "can't put it down" mystery filled with interesting characters, just enough history, (maybe a bit much astronomy -- but necessary) and lots of twists and turns. I hope Redfern is working on another one. Overall good reading! ( )
  maryreinert | Aug 16, 2013 |
I just found this in a box in the house. Do not remember when I bought it...
  KalliopeMuse | Apr 2, 2013 |
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In the London of 1795, intrigue and death walk the dark streets. England is at war with its neighbor and nemesis, France, and espionage is rampant. It is the job of Jonathan Absey at the Home Office to catch these spies, but his mind is elsewhere, his dreams haunted by the still unsolved murder of his fifteen-year-old daughter on these same streets. Desperately pursuing both investigations, he stumbles across a strange society of astronomers called the Company of Titius who are on a furious search of their own: to discover a long-lost star in the wide black sky. As he digs into their arcane world, their quest begins to merge with his own, and Absey finds himself discovering more than he had ever imagined -- not only about spies and murderers but also about celestial numbers and the making of codes; about passions as unnatural as they are obsessive; and about the bonds of family...and the lengths we will go to preserve them. With "The Music of the Spheres," Elizabeth Redfern emerges asan evocative and elegant writer of startling power, her gifts for characterization, atmosphere, narrative, and rich moral drama marking her as a

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