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Petty Treason

av Madeleine E. Robins

Serier: Sarah Tolerance (2)

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1957109,983 (3.86)10
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Fallen Woman of 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 in the capacity of the "regency of the person" of the King. 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's 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 emigre 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 that things are far more complicated than she had 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."--BOOK JACKET.… (mer)
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This is the sequel to [book: Point of Honor], and once again Miss Sarah Tolerance (basically Elizabeth Bennett in rather different circumstances) must navigate through treacherous London to solve a mystery. After a much disliked gentleman is murdered in his bed, Miss Tolerance is called upon to solve the mystery. But there are too many suspects--the brutalized wife, the many men owed money, the victims of blackmail. The mystery itself is interesting, but what I really love about these books is how belieavable and fully characterized the characters, communities and city are. ( )
  wealhtheowwylfing | Feb 29, 2016 |
The first book in this series grabbed my attention because of the alternate history element. The mystery was fine, but I was more interested in the world-building that took place. With this second book, though there is a deeper exploration of relationship between two of the main characters, there is relatively little that is new in terms of alternate history. The mystery itself was well rounded, but again, I was looking for more exploration of this other England. The stories of both books remind me a bit of the Anne Perry ones, which I stopped reading after a while because of the sameness of plot. I think I may leave this series for a bit as well, unless I hear there has been something drastically interesting that takes place.

Rounding up to 3 stars. ( )
  bookczuk | Dec 16, 2012 |
The 2nd Sarah Tolerance novel — Regency Noir, with no romance and a bit more intrigue than mayhem. Great fun.
  mulliner | Jan 17, 2010 |
The second (sadly, of only two) book in the Sarah Tolerance mystery series set in an alternate Regency period of British history. Miss Sarah Tolerance is a Fallen Woman living in Regency London, making her living by doing private and discreet investigations for the well-to-do. She is approached by a Mr. Colcannon to investigate the violent death of his brother-in-law, the Chevalier d'Aubigny, who was found bludgeoned to death in his own bed. As Miss Tolerance soon discovers, there are more people that wished the Chevalier dead than alive, as he was a cruel husband, a lakcluster employee and all around, a bad apple. As Sarah delves deeper into the mystery, she comes into contact with London's darker, seedy side and a plot that may involve treason and royalty as well as murder.

I thoroughly enjoyed Madeleine Robins' first book in the Sarah Tolerance series, and as I wanted a shorter story to read before picking up Hilary Mantel's large Wolf Hall, I thought this would be the perfect book for me to read at this time. It does not disappoint. Regency London in Robins' world is one in which women are given just a bit more freedom than they were during the actual English Regency- just enough to make for some compelling adventures on the part of Sarah Tolerance. I also had a lot of fun trying to pinpoint the changes Robins made to history, particularly the history involving the Royal family, and why she chose to make those changes. It was amusing for me and says a lot about Robins as a writer, I think. Alternate histories can be difficult, depending on the initial point at which the author chooses to break with history. The main basis of this series is that, rather than the Prince of Wales becoming the Regent, George III's wife took on the role. However, she is very sick in the books, and so there is a huge power struggle between all the king's sons as to who may become the next Regent. It's fascinating and I'm quite depressed we don't have any further books in the series to read. But maybe Robins will find a small press publisher for Sarah Tolerance and my world will be righted once more.

If you are not a Regency aficionado like me, but just enjoy historical mysteries, I thin you'd find the Tolerance books up your alley as well. The story moves quickly, the mystery has many nuances and levels, and the characters are engaging. It's also interesting to learn about judicial history and how it used to work. Or did not work, as the case may be. Also, Sarah Tolerance is a very interesting character, and I would really enjoy getting to know her better through more books. She does not indulge in self-pity, she refuses to let the world dictate how she should act, and she is handy with a sword. Good stuff all around, I think. ( )
  aarti | Sep 30, 2009 |
A good second outing for Fallen Women Sarah Tolerance, in a Regency England just slightly askew from our own. Robins is thoroughly grounded in the Regency period, and her books are prime examples of how to do historical fiction right. Her grasp on plotting and pacing is not quite so sure: she telegraphs her twists well ahead of time and could have brought the book to a close many pages earlier if Miss Tolerance had gone to the magistrate with her evidence sooner. ( )
  MuseofIre | Jul 10, 2009 |
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"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a Fallen Woman of 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 in the capacity of the "regency of the person" of the King. 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's 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 emigre 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 that things are far more complicated than she had 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."--BOOK JACKET.

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