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Death Descends on Saturn Villa by M.R.C.…

Death Descends on Saturn Villa

by M.R.C. Kasasian

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Sidney Grice is a great creation - but although this is the third in the series I'm afraid this one suffers plot-wise from that troublesome 'second album syndrome': it's a total mess! If you're a completist, you'll read it; otherwise, skip it. ( )
  jtck121166 | Nov 2, 2017 |
Death Descends on Saturn Villa is the third book in the Gower Street Detective series by M.R.C. Kasasian. (Go here for the review of the first book and here for the second.) The tension continues to ratchet higher and higher between the famous detective Sidney Grice and his protege March Middleton as we inch closer and closer to the truth about Grice's past and his connection to March's mother. Kasasian is finally starting to clear up some of the mystery revolving around their pasts but he's still weaving webs of intrigue around them both (only fitting I suppose). This book centers on a case which is high stakes and multifaceted with March as the prime suspect. DUM DUM DUUUUUM (That's supposed to be menacingly tense music not a commentary on the intelligence of the storyline by the way.) Once again, I feel I need to caution readers who might have sensitive stomachs because Kasasian has a gift for detailed descriptions of gore. I must also mention that if you get triggered easily then you should approach this book with caution. (You'll probably be fine but I just want to make you aware.) This book ultimately raises more questions than it answers but one thing it does do is make Grice a little more human. If you've enjoyed the first two books in the series then you're sure to enjoy this continuation. The fourth book in the series, The Secrets of Gaslight Lane, is due out on April 4th of this year so get caught up while you still have plenty of time. XD ( )
  AliceaP | Jan 10, 2017 |
On the day Sidney Grice is called away to solve a murder in Yorkshire, his ward March Middleton receives a letter from a previously unknown relative who invites her to visit him at his house, Saturn Villa, and spend the night there. In the morning March contacts Inspector Pound, believing that she killed her uncle during the night, though when the police turn up the supposed victim is alive and well and no trace of the slaughter of the night before can be found. In a bizarre series of events March is accused of several murders and it falls to Sidney Grice and Inspector Pound to find out the truth and save March from being hanged as a murderess.

What a shame that mine is the first review for this title as I would like to know why others have rated this book so low – unless they are entering the Gower Street Detectives series with this, the third, volume, surely anyone will have realised that it is an affectionate yet effective send-up of the Victorian detective genre, with its overblown plot, incredible coincidences and deductions plucked as if from thin air, as it may appear to the amateur. Yes, the plot is utterly preposterous but also fiendishly clever and tense at the same time, with March's experiences extremely terrifying, and I will have to reread it just to pick out the clues I missed the first time. What makes this series stand out, however, is the verve with which the story is being told, the very dark humour, the amusing interplay and a hint of tragedy and vulnerability at the centre of the likeable and engaging (in Sidney Grice’s case also deliberately irritating) protagonists. I love this series and am being gifted with volume no. 4, The Secrets of Gaslight Lane, for Christmas – I can’t wait. ( )
  passion4reading | Dec 18, 2016 |
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March Middleton is
accused of murder. Can her
innocence be proved?

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 178185971X, Hardcover)

London: 1883 125 Gower Street was once a house of justice, truth and perspicacity. Now madness, murder and scandal lurk in its empty halls. It is rumoured that its owner Sidney Grice - London's foremost personal detective - has been driven to the brink of despair. But, as will all good stories, we must begin at the beginning. With Sidney Grice journeying to Yorkshire to solve a mysterious death. And with March Middleton, his ward, left to her own devices in a London swarming with danger and vice. Curiosity, as we know, has a dark edge. So when an intriguing letter leads March to the gates of the palatial Saturn Villa, and into the nightmarish world of her long-lost uncle, it could be the beginning of an end, for all...

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"Gower Street, London: 1883. March Middleton is the niece of London's greatest (and most curmudgeonly) private detective, Sidney Grice. March has just discovered a wealthy long-lost relative she never knew she had. When this newest family member meets with a horrible death, March is in the frame for murder--and only Sidney Grice can prove her innocence"--Dust jacket flap.… (more)

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