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Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill-Fortune

de Kate Griffin

Sèrie: Kitty Peck (2)

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March 1880, Limehouse. Kitty Peck, a spirited but vulnerable seventeen-year-old, is the reluctant heiress to Paradise, the criminal empire previously overseen by the formidable Lady Ginger. Far from the colour and camaraderie of the music hall where Kitty had been working, this newfound power brings with it isolation and uncertainty. Desperate to reconnect with Joey, her estranged brother, Kitty travels to Paris. Reunited at last, she is unable to refuse his request to take a child back to London. Within days of her return it's clear that someone has followed them... and this someone is determined to kill the child... and anyone who stands in their way. Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill-Fortune is a fast-paced historical mystery with breath-taking twists and turns that takes us from the decadent, bohemian world of late 19th-Century Paris to a deadly secret at the heart of the British empire.… (més)
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This is the second mystery set in the seedy underworld of Victorian London in and around the theatres. At the end of the last novel, Kitty Peck unwittingly inherited the criminal empire of her grandmother the macabre Lady Ginger. Trying to reform things, she discovers her predecessor still wields influence. She gets involved with a rather unlikely plot surrounding the haemophilia known to have been present in many European royal families of the time, most famously the Romanovs. As before, the sordid nature of some of this makes it quite an unpleasant read in places (not least at the macabre ending of the novel, after the main action is concluded), though the author has undoubtedly portrayed these aspects with a well-written grittiness. I still like Kitty so I will probably continue the series. ( )
  john257hopper | Sep 23, 2019 |
Initially, I thought this was the first book in the series. However, this was not detrimental to my reading, because it did not push or infer too much previous knowledge of the characters or the setting, which is a plus. I've enjoyed the plot very much, the characterization was well developped and the writing style pretty fluid in terms of reading. The main character, Kitty, is attaching and she has to deal with family matters as well as murders and a mystery. Her new obligations make her life pretty complicated but she is brave and tenacious. In any case, this novel is well worth the read, it is very well written, has a good pace and a great plot, which pushes me to get the others in the series, and the first novel, if only for getting background informations I might have missed. It is a good book to read at a leisurely pace or in one go, great as a holiday read or at the weekend. ( )
  soniaandree | Apr 8, 2019 |
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March 1880, Limehouse. Kitty Peck, a spirited but vulnerable seventeen-year-old, is the reluctant heiress to Paradise, the criminal empire previously overseen by the formidable Lady Ginger. Far from the colour and camaraderie of the music hall where Kitty had been working, this newfound power brings with it isolation and uncertainty. Desperate to reconnect with Joey, her estranged brother, Kitty travels to Paris. Reunited at last, she is unable to refuse his request to take a child back to London. Within days of her return it's clear that someone has followed them... and this someone is determined to kill the child... and anyone who stands in their way. Kitty Peck and the Child of Ill-Fortune is a fast-paced historical mystery with breath-taking twists and turns that takes us from the decadent, bohemian world of late 19th-Century Paris to a deadly secret at the heart of the British empire.

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