Death Descends on Saturn Villa

Death Descends on Saturn Villa

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London: 1883.

Sidney Grice is London's foremost personal detective. Called away to Yorkshire, he leaves his ward, March Middleton, to run his house. But hearth and home hold little charm for March, who harbours dreams of becoming London's foremost, and first, lady detective.

So, when a mysterious letter arrives from her long-lost uncle, she accepts his invitation to stay at the palatial Saturn Villa. Her new Uncle Tolly is sweet, eccentric and - come the morning - very, very dead. But March is not called upon to solve the case, instead she's in the frame for murder.

THE GOWER STREET DETECTIVE SERIES:
The Mangle Street Murders.
The Curse of the House of Foskett.
Death Descends on Saturn Villa.

Publisher: Waterville, ME : Thorndike Press, 2016.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781410490865
Branch Call Number: Large Print FIC Kasas
Characteristics: large print.
673 pages (large print) ; 23 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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