Death Descends on Saturn Villa

Death Descends on Saturn Villa

Large Print - 2016
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The new mystery in the evocative Victorian crime series starring charming March Middleton and curmudgeonly London private detective Sidney Grice finds March in the frame for the murder of a newly discovered wealthy relative -- and only Sidney can prove her innocence.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410490865
1410490866
Branch Call Number: Mystery Kasasian Large Type
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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