Friday, August 5, 2011

A Broken Vessel

A Broken Vessel (Julian Kestrel Mysteries, #2)A Broken Vessel by Kate Ross

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

An enjoyable read of the historical-mystery-fiction genre, #2 in the Julian Kestrel series. I thought this was a tighter book than #1. The plot progressed at a nice pace and the characters were well-written. I liked the new character Sally. It's fun trying to figure out the Cockney phrases that she and her brother, Dipper (Kestrel's streetwise valet and ex-pickpocket) use in conversation. The three suspects are wildly divergent in background and motive -- discovering whodunit is fun without being so outlandish that you conclude by asking, "How on earth did that happen?"

There are a number of historical mysteries that fail to work on many levels: plot, timing, and especially dialogue. Kate Ross keeps the elements in balance and executes a fast-paced and original mystery. A Broken Vessel is just the ticket for a light, entertaining mystery read.

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