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City of Light (City of Mystery)

by Kim Wright

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This is the story of Rayley Abrams and Trevor Welled two Scotland Yard detectives who believe they are following two separate cases, one in England and one in France at the height of the Eiffel Tower exposition. The story is really a case of what defines identity - what the world sees or perhaps does what the world see sharp who your identity becomes? Interesting story and I will be reading the other books in the series. ( )
  mmoj | Mar 2, 2017 |
used clinched instead of clenched on first page - deleted from kindle account
  lulaa | May 2, 2015 |
The title City of Light is a reference to Paris, France, which is the primary setting for the novel. Paris has a magical quality, but also a mysterious quality. Of course, I've never been but this is the rumor confirmed by the many novels I've read set in ol' Parie...

Once again we are plunged into the lives of criminal experts Trevor Welles and Rayley Abrams. With the Jack the Ripper all sewn up case (do you see what I did there? :-), or gone cold for the cynics, Rayley has been invited to Paris to learn more about the art of forensics. Staying behind awaiting good word is Trevor Welles - the head of the first Forensic Division of Scotland Yard appointed by Queen Victoria herself, Tom Bainbridge - a medical student, Davy Mabrey - a "bobby" with a keen eye and good sense, and off the record, Emma Kelly, the sister of the last victim of the Ripper. Their team is set to work on a case involving an underage male brothel. But, it seems brothels for the English and business deals for the Parisians are better acquainted than one might assume. Centered around the reveal of one of the Seven Wonder of the World, the Eiffel Tower, Welles and his team discover themselves in the the thick of cross-ocean crimes with one of their own fighting for life. Will the team connect all the clues in time?

Wright has a wonderful dynamic between her characters. I love that Emma Kelly is often one of the most intriguing and ingenious members of the team, even if she's not allowed to be on the official payroll. Wright makes a statement by having Emma be such an integral part of the criminal investigations. As one would assume, women could not be a part of such an organization during this time period.

And Emma Kelly is not the only daring female in the tale. I think Wright makes a solid point about being a woman when she writes, "Beautiful and smart. A woman should be one or the other, not both, or she is in an impossible situation - attractive enough to draw men, be shrewd enough to see through them."

Keeping with wonderful British charm, "And here's another one for you to stir into your tea..." and true to the personas created in book one, City of Darkness, City of Light continues to embed the reader in the lives of each personality. From beginning to end one roots for Trevor and his team to flesh out the bad guy and always, always get their man. ( )
  Hanneri | Mar 18, 2013 |
A London detective is in Paris in 1889 to study forensics during the celebrations for the grand opening of the Eiffel Tower. He meets a mysterious woman who has ties to a murder that happened in London. He disappears and his friends head to Paris to look for him and the woman and the man who is her accomplice. ( )
  Kathy89 | Oct 1, 2012 |
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