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Title:
The Curse of the House of Foskett
Author:
Kasasian, M. R. C. (Martin R. C.), author.
Edition:
1st Pegasus Books hardcover edition
Publication Information:
New York, NY : Pegasus Crime, [2015]

©2014
Physical Description:
408 pages ; 24 cm.
Summary:
125 Gower Street, 1882: Sidney Grice once had a reputation as London's most perspicacious personal detective. But since his last case led an innocent men to the gallows, business has been light. Listless and depressed, Grice has taken to lying in the bath for hours, emerging in the evenings for a little dry toast and a lot of tea. Usually a voracious reader, he will pick up neither book nor newspaper. He has not even gathered the strength to re-insert his glass eye. His ward, March Middleton, has been left to dine alone. Then an eccentric member of a Final Death Society has the temerity to die on his study floor. Finally Sidney and March have an investigation to mount--an investigation that will draw them to an eerie house in Kew, and the mysterious Baroness Foskett ...
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781605986692
Format :
Book

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125 Gower Street, 1882.Sidney Grice once had a reputation as London's most perspicacious personal detective. But since his last case led an innocent man to the gallows, business has been light. Listless and depressed, Grice has taken to lying in the bath for hours, emerging in the evenings for a little dry toast and a lot of tea. Usually a voracious reader, he will pick up neither book nor newspaper. He has not even gathered the strength to re-insert his glass eye. His ward, March Middleton, has been left to dine alone.Then an eccentric member of a Final Death Society has the temerity to die on his study floor. Finally, Sidney and March have an investigation to mount -- an investigation that will draw them to an eerie house in Kew, and the mysterious Baroness Foskett...


Author Notes

M. R. C. Kasasian is a British author. Before his career as a writer, he worked as a factory hand, wine waiter, veterinary assistant, fairground worker, and dentist. He is the author of the historical mystery and crime series, The Gower Street Detective. The series includes, The Mangle Street Murders, The Curse of the House of Foskett, Death Descends on Saturn Villa, The Secrets of Gaslight Lane, and Dark Dawn Over Steep House.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

The sequel to The Mangle Street Murders (2014) brings back the dysfunctional team of Sidney Grice, London's foremost consulting detective, and his ward, the orphaned March Middleton. The frame is that March Middleton writes her memoirs about the pair's former cases as she braves out the London Blitz. The time she writes about is 1882; a nifty detail is Grice's repeated refusals to bail the Prince of Wales out of his many romantic escapades. Grice is very much (maybe too much) like Sherlock Holmes. March Middleton seems like a Katharine Hepburn character caught in aspic. Their second case involves a group called the Last Death Club, in which the last person to die gets all the other members' investments. One of the club's members consults Grice because he believes that murder is afoot, and dies of prussic-acid poisoning right on Grice's prized parlor carpet. Grice and Middleton investigate his death, and his suspicion about the club, leading to the Dickensian ruined mansion and the Baroness Foskett. Very fast action, often comic, but the unpleasant relationship between Grice and Middleton can be annoying.--Fletcher, Connie Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

Kasasian deepens the mystery of the relationship between his decidedly non-Holmes and Watson duo in his superior second whodunit set in late Victorian London. Since the brilliant and eccentric Sidney Grice, who bills himself as a personal detective, made a professional misstep in the previous entry, 2014's The Mangle Street Murders, he and his ward, the prepossessing March Middleton, must now contend with a light caseload. The doldrums end when Grice is approached by Horatio Green, who wants him to investigate the death of a member of "a final death society," a group of people, usually male, who have no heirs, or heirs they like, and leave their estates to the society's last surviving member. The trail leads Grice and Middleton to a Miss Havisham-like figure, Lady Parthena Foskett, the sole survivor of a family rumored to be the subject of a curse. Kasasian again successfully blends the gruesome and the humorous. (Jan.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

In his second adventure (after The Mangle Street Murders), private detective Sidney Grice, depressed by his last case, perks up when a visitor dies in his study; finally he and his ward, March Middleton, have a new mystery to solve that will draw them to an eerie house in Kew and the enigmatic Baroness Foskett. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.