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The Solitary House: A Novel (Charles Maddox Detective) (edició 2013)

de Lynn Shepherd (Autor)

Sèrie: Charles Maddox (2)

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:Lynn Shepherd??s first acclaimed novel of historical suspense, Murder at Mansfield Park, brilliantly reimagined the time of Jane Austen. Now, in this spellbinding new triumph, she introduces an unforgettable duo of detectives into the gaslit world of Dickens.
 
London, 1850. Charles Maddox had been an up-and-coming officer for the Metropolitan police until a charge of insubordination abruptly ended his career. Now he works alone, struggling to eke out a living by tracking down criminals. Whenever he needs it, he has the help of his great-uncle Maddox, a legendary ??thief taker,? a detective as brilliant and intuitive as they come.
 
On Charles??s latest case, he??ll need all the assistance he can get.
 
To his shock, Charles has been approached by Edward Tulkinghorn, the shadowy and feared attorney, who offers him a handsome price to do some sleuthing for a client. Powerful financier Sir Julius Cremorne has been receiving threatening letters, and Tulkinghorn wants Charles to??discreetly??find and stop whoever is responsible.
 
But what starts as a simple, open-and-shut case swiftly escalates into something bigger and much darker. As he cascades toward a collision with an unspeakable truth, Charles can only be aided so far by Maddox. The old man shows signs of forgetfulness and anger, symptoms of an age-related ailment that has yet to be named.
 
Intricately plotted and intellectually ambitious, The Solitary House is an ingenious novel that does more than spin an enthralling tale: it plumbs the mysteries of the human mind.
This eBook edition includes two complete classic novels that are referenced in The Solitary House: Charles Dickens??s Bleak House and Wilkie Collins??s The Woman in White!  This edition also includes a discussion guide and an excerpt from Lynn Shepherd's A Fatal Likeness.
Praise for The Solitary House
 
??A Victorian tour de force . . . a must-read.???Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
??Dickens fans will rejoice. . . . [Lynn] Shepherd leaves the reader spellbound.???Booklist (starred review)
 
??The star of Lynn Shepherd??s intriguing mystery novel is mid-century Victorian London. . . . Her suspenseful story and winning prose ably serve her literary conceit.???Associated Press
 
??Intellectually enthralling, with dark twists at every turn . . . a haunting novel that will have you guessing until the last pages.???Historical Novels Review
 
??Lynn Shepherd has a knack for setting literary murder puzzles. . . . This literary magpie-ism is a treat for book lovers, a little nudge-and-a-wink here and there which delights fans of these other works without alienating those who haven??t read them yet. . . . An intelligent, gripping and beautifully written novel.???The Scotsman
 
??The reader is plunged into a complex but comprehensib
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Títol:The Solitary House: A Novel (Charles Maddox Detective)
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The fact that this took me over 1.5 years to finish, and after 2 attempts, should have been my first clue. To put it succinctly, this is a murder mystery set in Victorian England, with shades of Charles Dickens' "Bleak House" thrown in. I enjoyed the murder mystery aspect of it enough, I guess, though I did get bored. There is something incredibly irritating about having one mystery brought up in the beginning of the book, have one tiny aspect of it brought to light somewhere near the middle, and then have it magically solved (in as most passive a way as possible-another character has to inform our "hero" of it) a few pages near the end of the book. This doesn't even begin to touch on the main focus of the story, which was pretty...grotesque, I guess you could say.

However, I absolutely detested the "Bleak House" references. I don't think I should (or can?) go into more of this without treading on authorial intent, so I won't, but suffice it to say that I was angry when I finished the book.

And I really didn't particularly care for Charles Maddox. The man had no sense of self-preservation. That may be true to life, but still irritating to read.

I think the book was written well, if a little meh-y, but it just didn't do it for me.

I received this as a Goodreads First Reads giveaway. ( )
  gossamerchild88 | Mar 30, 2018 |
I loved this book

Ok, a bit more detail than that is probably needed but this is a terrific read. I have always struggled with Dickens (Tale of Two Cities for O-level put me off) but I spent a happy few months working my way through Wilkie Collins and the Woman in White is a favourite. Bleak House was a fabulous TV programme a few years ago and purists will say that it is not the same watching the adaptation but to me it makes Dickens accessible. So why am I rambling on about Collins and Dickens and not Shepherd. Simple, Lynn Shepherd has put together a completely original novel which incorporates plot elements from the two but stands alone as a rollicking good read.

Literary snobs can look for the links, literature lovers can enjoy the story. It could be viewed as a pastiche but the nasty plot twists are more explicit than either Collins or Dickens would have dared. ( )
  pluckedhighbrow | Jun 26, 2017 |
To anyone who is a fan of Bleak House and/or A woman in White, I can highly recommend this book. Now to read more books by Lynn Shepherd. ( )
  Somerville66 | May 29, 2017 |
Written in the style of my favorites, Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens. ( )
  JBSassypants | May 7, 2017 |
I was recommended this book because I like Caleb Carr's The Alienist and it's follow up The Angel of Darkness).

Set in Dickensonian England, this novel is a suspenseful read. The narration is an interesting twist to regular narrative book. I also liked the side story by Hester. I couldn't follow at first where it was going to go but I thoroughly enjoyed how the book was wrapped up and still left me wanting a bit more.

Some feel that the breaks in the narration, the break of the fourth wall, is a bit distracting but I had no problem with it. I think it's truly personal taste. The story, the characters, the mystery was much more interesting and kept me connected regardless.

Charles Maddox is quite an interesting character as is his great uncle who taught him about criminology. The other characters in the book were just as interesting each with their own personalities. I cannot stress how important this is for me - a story just isn't good unless the characters are individualized as possible.

I do wish that the end hadn't come up so quickly. I wasn't ready to put the book down. ( )
  wendithegray | May 1, 2017 |
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Historical Fiction. HTML:Lynn Shepherd??s first acclaimed novel of historical suspense, Murder at Mansfield Park, brilliantly reimagined the time of Jane Austen. Now, in this spellbinding new triumph, she introduces an unforgettable duo of detectives into the gaslit world of Dickens.
 
London, 1850. Charles Maddox had been an up-and-coming officer for the Metropolitan police until a charge of insubordination abruptly ended his career. Now he works alone, struggling to eke out a living by tracking down criminals. Whenever he needs it, he has the help of his great-uncle Maddox, a legendary ??thief taker,? a detective as brilliant and intuitive as they come.
 
On Charles??s latest case, he??ll need all the assistance he can get.
 
To his shock, Charles has been approached by Edward Tulkinghorn, the shadowy and feared attorney, who offers him a handsome price to do some sleuthing for a client. Powerful financier Sir Julius Cremorne has been receiving threatening letters, and Tulkinghorn wants Charles to??discreetly??find and stop whoever is responsible.
 
But what starts as a simple, open-and-shut case swiftly escalates into something bigger and much darker. As he cascades toward a collision with an unspeakable truth, Charles can only be aided so far by Maddox. The old man shows signs of forgetfulness and anger, symptoms of an age-related ailment that has yet to be named.
 
Intricately plotted and intellectually ambitious, The Solitary House is an ingenious novel that does more than spin an enthralling tale: it plumbs the mysteries of the human mind.
This eBook edition includes two complete classic novels that are referenced in The Solitary House: Charles Dickens??s Bleak House and Wilkie Collins??s The Woman in White!  This edition also includes a discussion guide and an excerpt from Lynn Shepherd's A Fatal Likeness.
Praise for The Solitary House
 
??A Victorian tour de force . . . a must-read.???Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
 
??Dickens fans will rejoice. . . . [Lynn] Shepherd leaves the reader spellbound.???Booklist (starred review)
 
??The star of Lynn Shepherd??s intriguing mystery novel is mid-century Victorian London. . . . Her suspenseful story and winning prose ably serve her literary conceit.???Associated Press
 
??Intellectually enthralling, with dark twists at every turn . . . a haunting novel that will have you guessing until the last pages.???Historical Novels Review
 
??Lynn Shepherd has a knack for setting literary murder puzzles. . . . This literary magpie-ism is a treat for book lovers, a little nudge-and-a-wink here and there which delights fans of these other works without alienating those who haven??t read them yet. . . . An intelligent, gripping and beautifully written novel.???The Scotsman
 
??The reader is plunged into a complex but comprehensib

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