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The Ruby in the Smoke by Philip Pullman

The Ruby in the Smoke (1985)

by Philip Pullman

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Series: Sally Lockhart Mysteries (1)

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    A Spy in the House by Y. S. Lee (Anonymous user, Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: Both stories are Victorian-era mysteries with smart and feisty female protagonists. Pullman's trilogy is definitely the darker of the two series, but Lee's complex and capable protagonist makes The Agency series well worth a read for cozy mystery lovers.… (more)
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    The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman (Aleana)
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    A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray (norabelle414)
    norabelle414: Excellent Victorian era historical fiction mysteries with strong female protagonists
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    The Case of the Missing Marquess by Nancy Springer (Aleana)
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    HatsForMice: Another Victorian London-set mystery, but with a fantasy element, more humour and a stronger sense of setting.
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    The Affinity Bridge by George Mann (rosylibrarian)
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    The Broken Bridge by Philip Pullman (norabelle414)
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"Real, fleshed out characters and atmospheric locations effectively described. The evil old lady shouldn't be a threat but she is one of the most menacing characters I've ever come across." ( )
  garethmottram | Oct 27, 2015 |
Enjoyed the relatively strong young woman as the main character, but overall the story wasn't nearly as compelling as the Golden Compass series. ( )
  PerpetualRevision | Oct 25, 2015 |
I remember completely loving this book in high school and reading it many times. It was my favorite book for awhile, I can't wait to go back now, years later, and re read it. ( )
  Diamond.Dee. | Jul 3, 2015 |
Sally Lockhart's world has been changed utterly. Her father has recently died at sea while checking on interests of his company in India. Sally is now forced to live with one of her bitter relatives who appears to resent Sally's existence. And then a mysterious note arrives that seems to indicate that there is more to Sally's father's death than meets the eye. Suddenly, Sally is pulled into a mystery that dates back years and encompasses a strange cast of characters as well as a ruby worth more than anyone could imagine.

A decent YA Victorian era mystery. Sally is an enjoyable character with none of the typical accomplishments a girl of the period would have and is all the more likable because of it. The cast of characters that surround Sally are delightful and Pullman puts together a short but compelling mystery that leaves me keen to pick up the next novel in this series. ( )
  MickyFine | Apr 9, 2015 |
Another great read by Pullman. I'm always fascinated by the adult level that he brings to "Young Adult" novels. ( )
  brianinseattle | Oct 1, 2014 |
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Philip Pullmanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, LindaCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lesser, AntonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Mak, KamCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Stutzman, MarkCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On a cold, fretful afternoon in early October, 1872, a hansom cab drew up outside the offices of Lockhart and Selby, Shipping Agents in the financial heart of London, and a young girl got out and paid the driver.
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Soon after Sally Lockhart's father drowns at sea, she receives a strange anonymous letter. The dire warning it contains makes a man die of fear at her feet. Determined to discover the truth about her father's death, Sally is plunged into a terrifying mystery in the dark heart of Victorian London, at the centre of which lie a deadly blood-soaked jewel.
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"Her name was Sally Lockhart; and within fifteen minutes, she was going to kill a man." Philip Pullman begins his Sally Lockhart trilogy with a bang in The Ruby in the Smoke--a fast-paced, finely crafted thriller set in a rogue- and scalawag-ridden Victorian London. His 16-year-old heroine has no time for the usual trials of adolescence: her father has been murdered, and she needs to find out how and why. But everywhere she turns, she encounters new scoundrels and secrets. Why do the mere words "seven blessings" cause one man to keel over and die at their utterance? Who has possession of the rare, stolen ruby? And what does the opium trade have to do with it?

As our determined and intelligent sleuth sets her mind to unraveling these dark mysteries, she learns how embroiled she is in the whole affair. As riveting and witty as the sensational "penny dreadfuls" of Victorian England (but thousands of times better written), Pullman's trilogy (including The Shadow in the North and The Tiger in the Well) will have readers on the edges of their seats. Ruby is an ALA Best Book for Young Adults. (Ages 12 and older) --Karin Snelson

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In nineteenth-century London, sixteen-year-old Sally, a recent orphan, becomes involved in deadly search for a mysterious ruby.

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