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A brilliant follow up to The Strangler Vine. I await Blake and Avery's next adventure
In less exotic and historically dramatic surroundings than the first book in this series, The Printer's Coffin is certainly no less engaging. In fact, I would go so far as to say that in some respects this instalment is actually superior to the first in that it is slicker and without the carbuncle of the apparently obligatory romantic entanglements of many novels of the same genre.
I'm growing more fond of the pairing of the two characters. Avery may be more disappointed in life but still has an optimistic and endearing innocence and Blake's continued gruff mystery engages the reader and shows a deft control of the our relationship with the characters.
The plot's intrigue is nicely judged. It is set with enough historical detail to be plausible but not enough for it to become a lecture-like.
I know if it's a good book when I want to stand at a writer's elbow and chivvy them along to complete the next in the series and this is one of those times. Come along, Ms Carter!
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
Having read the first book,The Strangler Vine, I wasn't sure whether to read or listen to this, the second.
It was very good. Characters brought to life and well read by the narrator.
Highly recommended, but make sure that you can concentrate on the plot. Not for listening to whilst doing lots of other things.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Miranda Carter weaves an evocative story with colourful if disturbing images of Dickensian London. Jeremiah Blake and William Avery come together to discover the perpetuator of bizarre killings.