Death Descends on Saturn Villa

Death Descends on Saturn Villa

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Gower Street, London: 1883.March Middleton is the niece of London's greatest (and most curmudgeonly) private detective, Sidney Grice. March has just discovered a wealthy long-lost relative she never knew she had. When this newest family member meets with a horrible death, March is in the frame for murder--and only Sidney Grice can prove her innocence.Grice agrees to investigate (for his usual fee) but warns that he is not entirely convinced of her innocence. If he were in her position, he might have been tempted. But the more he uncovers, the more all the clues point to Grice himself . . .
Publisher: New York : Pegasus Crime, 2016
Edition: First Pegasus Books hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781605989716
1605989711
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY KASASIA 2016
Characteristics: vii, 486 pages ; 24 cm

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SkokieStaff_Steven Nov 14, 2017

M.R.C. Kasasian’s Gower Street detective stories share many features of Oscar de Muriel’s McGray and Frey mysteries that I so much admire—a pair of comically mismatched detectives, a Victorian setting, a deft hand at complex plotting, and a sensibility that alternates gruesome descriptions of gore with humorous repartee—but Kasasian ratchets everything up to cartoon-like intensity. His detectives are Sidney Grice, who is obviously patterned after Sherlock Holmes but is even more brilliant, esoterically learned, arrogant, and misanthropic, and his long-suffering goddaughter and ward March Middleton, who bears the brunt of his verbal abuse while giving back in kind. The violence and cruelty of these books would be a bit much if they were not exaggerated to the point of being amusing, not unlike what happens in Three Stooges shorts. These books are read with great flair in the audio versions. I suggest starting with the first book in the series “The Mangle Street Murders” because Kasasian, like his protagonist, makes few concessions to those careless souls who do not follow proper order.

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